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    Bent 53" QA bucket edge with Forks

    I have a set of slip on forks I built for my garden tractor. I was using them on my new to me 53" bucket on the 2320 and later realized the cutter edge now droops down about 3/4" of an inch in the middle....awesome.

    I would guess some sort of porta power/ come along with a stiff beam etc could straighten it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by duwem View Post
    I have a set of slip on forks I built for my garden tractor. I was using them on my new to me 53" bucket on the 2320 and later realized the cutter edge now droops down about 3/4" of an inch in the middle....awesome.

    I would guess some sort of porta power/ come along with a stiff beam etc could straighten it?
    Sorry, I am a bit confused. Why can you not straighten it the same way you bent it? Use the forks and curl the bucket down instead of up?
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    I had a pallet of sod on the front. I think it bouncing as I drove bent the bucket.

    Oh, and my home made forks (made out of c channel) are bent too...

    But the way they slide on and attach, they are only effective with downforce, if trying to use them the other way they would just swing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duwem View Post
    I had a pallet of sod on the front. I think it bouncing as I drove bent the bucket.

    Oh, and my home made forks (made out of c channel) are bent too...

    But the way they slide on and attach, they are only effective with downforce, if trying to use them the other way they would just swing up.
    Can you mount them upside down?
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    Put the bottom of the bucket on a block of wood and push down with the loader.

    This is one of many downsides to bucket forks, but at least it should be easily corrected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Put the bottom of the bucket on a block of wood and push down with the loader.

    This is one of many downsides to bucket forks, but at least it should be easily corrected.
    I really doubt that will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I really doubt that will work.
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    I tried using the bucket on my 2720 to crush some cardboard boxes. It didn't work very well. Reminded me that these are not 50,000 lb Excavators. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I really doubt that will work.
    Granted a 2 series is smaller than what I'm used to, but with the edge of the bucket on a 4x4 it seems like the tractor should be heavy enough to unbend it. If not, mounting a fork upside down like was mentioned should give enough leverage.
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    I would hope the bucket and cutting edge would be strong enough to lift the front wheels off the ground from a point load without (permanently, of course it will deflect) bending something.

    I think the beam and force at the points the fork things attached is the way to go. If there is an overhead strong horizontal member around some verticals up to that from the bucket corners and jacks under the places the forks attached would most likely get it close. From the description it really was a rotational force that bent it not a straight line one.
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