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    36" vs 42" Pallet Forks

    I'm sure this has been discussed ad nauseam, but the search button is not my friend.

    I'm looking for opinions on 36" vs 42" forks, which is the best to have?

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    it depends on your intended usage. I bought 42. Which is great for pallets and when I moved my truck bed. But it takes away lift capacity. If you properly load your pallets you can be fine but if improperly balanced you might create tip. 36 is great for most general lifting with the smaller machines and modest pallet moving but the 42s have come in handy for me before. Especially before I bought the load and go brackets for my 60d


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    Quote Originally Posted by fatback View Post
    I'm sure this has been discussed ad nauseam, but the search button is not my friend.

    I'm looking for opinions on 36" vs 42" forks, which is the best to have?

    thanks
    This is probably the most talked about subject on the forums. Why isnít the search button your friend? Have you tried? There has to be at least 2 dozen threads on this exact subject. Asked and answered many many times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PickupMan View Post
    it depends on your intended usage. I bought 42. Which is great for pallets and when I moved my truck bed. But it takes away lift capacity. If you properly load your pallets you can be fine but if improperly balanced you might create tip. 36 is great for most general lifting with the smaller machines and modest pallet moving but the 42s have come in handy for me before. Especially before I bought the load and go brackets for my 60d
    The difference in weight between a pair of standard taper 36x3-inch and 42x3-inch is only around 8 lbs (112 lbs. vs 120 lbs.). Just because you have longer fork tines doesn't mean you have to keep your pallet out at the end.

    Longer tines are somewhat easier to see the tips from the operator's seat. It can also be easier to grab a pallet that is pushed forward on a truck or trailer. Once you have the pallet on the tines you always want to slide the load up against the back stop anyway so in reality there isn't much disadvantage to the longer tines.
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    I debated 36 vs 42...opted for the longer forks. After many hours of use, 42 inches was a good call - much more convenient length. 36 would have been too short for the stuff I'm lifting/scooping/carrying, reaching.
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    I went with the 42" tines and have not regretted my decision.
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    It's a personal decision. Longer means you can handle more things like logs and branches per load (maybe) and maybe occasionally reach something 6" further away or place a pallet a little further into a truck bed (for instance).

    However, you're adding 6" more steel so they weigh more which means you have less lift capacity for your loads and they further away from your pivot point, the less you can lift as well. That said, you can my signature for what I bought/own.

    But seriously, use the search function..you'll have lots of reading on what size and what brand to buy.
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    I have 36 x 3 on my 1025R. 36" forks work with most standard sized pallets. They work best in my situation because many if not most of my loads are stored on shelving or up against a wall. Lift capacity is greater when your pallet is against the backrest. I can place heavily loaded pallets 6" closer to the wall.

    It's hard to see the tips of 36" forks from the drivers seat, but I'm used to it now.

    Everyone's situation is different. You need to decide what is more important to you and what you are mostly going to use them for. No matter what size you get, their usages are endless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ulhpilot View Post
    I went with the 42" tines and have not regretted my decision.
    I opted for 36" tines and have wished I had gotten longer tines on a few occasions.


    To the OP, just simply type "pallet forks" in the search bar and have a ball.
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    I have the 42Ē. Iím happy with them, particularly happy that I can see the tips. The only detriment is that when dumping, they are so long that sometimes I have trouble tilting them enough. But I always get the job done.


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