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    I just ordered the Artillian grapple system for my 1025R and decided to include the 24" forks in the package to save $50 in the future. My question is what might be the best fork length for my purpose. Should I have gone with 36" or 42"?

    We own 7.25 acres mostly sparcely wooded and plan to put maybe about a half acre into produce for family consumption. The forks will be used mostly for moving small to medium palleted loads and some light digging rocks and stumps.

    If you have only the 24" forks do you think you should have gone bigger? If you have the longer ones do you think the shorter ones would have served you better?
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    i would get the 42's. they do stick out there, but you can see the tips a whole lot better.
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    IMO, I would have to strongly recommend longer than the 24".
    42" can be used instead of 24", 24" will not replace the 42"

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldSarge View Post
    I just ordered the Artillian grapple system for my 1025R and decided to include the 24" forks in the package to save $50 in the future. My question is what might be the best fork length for my purpose. Should I have gone with 36" or 42"?

    We own 7.25 acres mostly sparcely wooded and plan to put maybe about a half acre into produce for family consumption. The forks will be used mostly for moving small to medium palleted loads and some light digging rocks and stumps.

    If you have only the 24" forks do you think you should have gone bigger? If you have the longer ones do you think the shorter ones would have served you better?
    24" would be best for digging, but I would think they would be too short for carrying pallets. I would recommend getting longer ones since you said "mostly for palleted loads".

    Best of both worlds would be 24" AND 42". I got the 36" as a compromise, and because I have tight spaces. I have no issues with pallets, but I can't do much digging with them. Not enough power in the loader to work that far out in front.

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    Actually for palleted loads I mean I would probably make a 36" wide pallet which would work pretty well with the 24" forks to carry bags of fertilizer, soil, etc. I thought the 24" would be best for digging with the limited power of the 1025R. I was wondering if the 36" or bigger would be too much for this smaller tractor.
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    i have 42 inch If i have to do it again i would get 36 and pallet forks extensions 48Click image for larger version. 

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    I had never heard of digging with pallet forks before joining this forum. I come from a history (long ago) in the warehouse business so forks to me are for lifting.

    I went with the 36" forks and am more than happy on my 2 series - have never wished I had the 42" nor the 24". Plus, this was Chris's recommendation to me and for once I finally listened to good advise. In my opinion you don't need 42" forks to pick up a 48" pallet - 36" forks work just as well. Same goes for the point of grabbing something out of the back of your pickup. I only have a grocery truck (5'5" bed) and can reach a pallet that is all the way in the front of the bed and grab enough of it to pick it up. If the bed were longer - just grab what you can of the pallet and slide it back until you can get under it properly - easy enough.

    Between the 36" & 42" is only 8" difference. While that doesn't seem like a lot it does make a big difference when turning and/or lining up to get under something. Every movement will be much more exaggerated at the tips of the forks the longer they are.

    What Chris had recommended to me were either the 24" and 42", or the 36". Since I don't have the ability to easily change the forks the 36" made perfect sense to me and have been very happy I went with that length.

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    I have 42" forks, and I did try "digging" as in trying to get under a few shrubs for transplanting. It was fairly easy to poke the forks in, but there wasn't enough power to curl the shrub up. I do plan to get 24" forks some day, I figure I can get better leverage with the shorter length.

    This past weekend, I was moving some logs from our recently cut down tree. The 42's worked well for 3 across just picking them up off the ground, especially since I could see the tips very easily (I didn't want to gouge the lawn too much. I guess 36" would have worked, but I probably could have only picked up 2 logs on each trip.

    There is no right or wrong length forks to get, it's just what you intend to use them for. Compromise is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    I have 42" forks, and I did try "digging" as in trying to get under a few shrubs for transplanting. It was fairly easy to poke the forks in, but there wasn't enough power to curl the shrub up. I do plan to get 24" forks some day, I figure I can get better leverage with the shorter length.

    This past weekend, I was moving some logs from our recently cut down tree. The 42's worked well for 3 across just picking them up off the ground, especially since I could see the tips very easily (I didn't want to gouge the lawn too much. I guess 36" would have worked, but I probably could have only picked up 2 logs on each trip.

    There is no right or wrong length forks to get, it's just what you intend to use them for. Compromise is a good thing.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    I got 42" but it really depends what you want them for. I painted the last couple of inches with bright yellow paint for better visibility. Even with that I still clip things when turning in tight spaces. I will say that forks were one of the best implements I ever purchased. Using them with pallets save time and your back.
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