I would like to lift the maximum weight using the above combination. What I'm lifting are 12 trees with root balls. Root balls are encased in wire mesh with nylon straps attached as lifts. They are sitting on the deck of a flat bed trailer.
Using pallet forks I can't lift them off of the flat bed trailer deck. Close, but not quite enough oomph. With the bucket and bolt on hooks I can't lift them either. My thought is that if I could use the loader frame alone to lift, I might manage them. Not having the bucket would add over 100# to the lifting capacity. Not using the pallet forks would add around 200#. The frame alone of the pallet fork weighs about the same as the Deere 48 inch bucket.
Can I use the loader alone (no bucket, no fork frame)with a sling to lift?
This isn't my tree, but this will give you an idea of the size. My roots are still wrapped in burlap and wire, and the trees are still dormant.