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    Which Kenís Bolt On hardware do you recommend on the newer buckets?

    I know there are probably hundreds of threads on Kenís Bolt On Hooks. But since I have one of the newer buckets with factory holes, I'm wondering what is a most useful setup before I place an order. In other words, if you could do it all over again, what would you change about your bucket setup? Do you prefer the hooks? Do you prefer the clevis? Do you prefer the hook/clevis back-to-back? Do you utilize the middle section of the bucket or do you find the middle section unnecessary if you have hooks/clevis on the corners?

    Just like most of you, my bucket will be used for many different things, and some applications that I have yet to imagine. This is why I'm reaching out to those of you who have lots of time and experience with your buckets and Kenís Bolt On products. I'm needing to lift stumps into a trailer to be hauled off, so I'm already seeing a good use for either hooks or a clevis. Any thoughts will be appreciated.
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    There is a dedicated section for Kenís stuff -

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    Quote Originally Posted by biodiesel View Post
    I know there are probably hundreds of threads on Kenís Bolt On Hooks. But since I have one of the newer buckets with factory holes, I'm wondering what is a most useful setup before I place an order. In other words, if you could do it all over again, what would you change about your bucket setup? Do you prefer the hooks? Do you prefer the clevis? Do you prefer the hook/clevis back-to-back? Do you utilize the middle section of the bucket or do you find the middle section unnecessary if you have hooks/clevis on the corners?

    Just like most of you, my bucket will be used for many different things, and some applications that I have yet to imagine. This is why I'm reaching out to those of you who have lots of time and experience with your buckets and Kenís Bolt On products. I'm needing to lift stumps into a trailer to be hauled off, so I'm already seeing a good use for either hooks or a clevis. Any thoughts will be appreciated.
    I'm probably not the right guy to answer this question because I'd use a grapple to lift stumps but if I had to do it using a bucket and KBOH, which I do have on the bucket, I'd probably use a clevis and sling set up vs. a chain. Chain will work well, it's just easier to mess with a sling than a chain because of the weight, as long as you are comfortable getting the length right.

    I'd recommend just going ahead and getting the combo hook/clevis set up. It's a few more bucks but then you are done and have the choice to go with either. Unless you are only going to lift light loads, I'd put the hooks/clevis right over the attachment for the lift arms as there's less chance of bending the bucket there, although a center lift point can sometimes be helpful. I would not go to the extreme corners as lifting from one corner only puts a lot of stress on the loader frame, particularly if you are lowering the load a little too quickly and stop it.

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    I went with the XL Backing Plate and the Bolt on Clevis set up. I never really used the loaders on my old tractors for carrying bulky items and I think the center mount (for me) will work the best. The clevis allows both chain and nylon strap use.
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    Nope, one on each side in line with the loader arms or you will bend your bucket.


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    Which Kenís Bolt On hardware do you recommend on the newer buckets?

    I have two hooks. Works well for chain, less good for a strap. Iíve found I use the strap to pickup things more often. Reasons: lighter to move around, less damage to itemís finish. Iíd probably go with a clevis if I did it again. Iíd just be concerned with it rattling. I also often use the strap because I have my forks installed and itís easier to wrap the strap around the forks to take up the slack. If I was picking up logs more often and didnít have forks, then Iíd probably use the chain more.


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    I'll throw my 2-cents in. I originally went with three hooks and three clevis backing plates but found I never used the center hook. So I replaced it with Ken's 2" receiver hitch and blacking plate which I use all the time. I use the backing plate for the safety chains when towing my landscape trailer. The combo allows me to use chains, straps, oblong rings, you name it. Plus, I use one of Ken's Ball Dogs in the receiver hitch whenever I need to pull or lift something from that position.

    I'm not sure what factory holes you are referring to in your new bucket but pretty much figure on drilling holes for whatever you plan to mount. Which of course, is no biggie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I'm not sure what factory holes you are referring to in your new bucket but pretty much figure on drilling holes for whatever you plan to mount. Which of course, is no biggie.
    The factory holes are only on the newer buckets. Your 2012 didn't come with them. According to Ken, the holes are mounting points when the buckets are shipped with the loaders. In other words, the buckets are mounted directly to the loaders via the two holes. Ken's XL Backing Mounting plate utilizes the two factory holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biodiesel View Post
    The factory holes are only on the newer buckets. Your 2012 didn't come with them. According to Ken, the holes are mounting points when the buckets are shipped with the loaders. In other words, the buckets are mounted directly to the loaders via the two holes. Ken's XL Backing Mounting plate utilizes the two factory holes.
    Correct. I am familiar with the holes in the newer buckets. I guess my point was that other than two existing holes to secure the center backing plate, you are going to be drilling holes. Especially on the left and right positions which is probably the most appropriate spot for hooks and clevis plates.

    While Ken's backing plate does use two holes that are already there on newer buckets, it doesn't eliminate the drilling of new holes. You are still drilling the same number of new holes, either 2 or 4 just in the center depending if you go with a hook or hitch. :-) Add that to the two on each side for hooks and 2012+ bucket or not you are drilling 6 to 8 new holes.
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    I went with the hook/clevis combo, one on each side. I haven't used the clevis yet, but for the small cost, I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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