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    Hooks or shackle mounts?

    For those of you who puts Ken's stuff on your loader buckets...did you pick hooks, shackle mounts or combo units, and why?

    Mods, please don't move this to a general forum, I specifically want to know what 1 series owners chose.
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    Hooks on the top side. Eyes under the hooks in the bucket. Was going to put a receiver hitch in the middle but just not sure I would ever use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseIH574 View Post
    Hooks on the top side. Eyes under the hooks in the bucket. Was going to put a receiver hitch in the middle but just not sure I would ever use it.
    How do you use the hooks and how do you use the eyes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    For those of you who puts Ken's stuff on your loader buckets...did you pick hooks, shackle mounts or combo units, and why?

    Mods, please don't move this to a general forum, I specifically want to know what 1 series owners chose.
    Your question isn't really specific to the 1-series. 2 and 3-series owners use the hooks the exact same way.

    I went with combo units on each side and 2" receiver in the middle. I use the shackles whenever I am using something other than chains to lift/pull. I use the hooks for chains and oblong rings. By using a BallDog in the receiver hitch I can have it be a third hook or loop.

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    I put hooks on top, shackle in the bucket.

    How do I use them? I moved a piece of cement culvert using chain through the piece, in the hooks so I could lift it high enough to load into my trailer for a dump run.

    I have also wrapped the chain around small saplings to the hooks and pull them out.

    Have yet to use any straps yet.

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    Both. Why? Versatility. Hooks are perfect when using chains. Shackles are perfect when using straps.
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    So when you guys use chains...you don't have hooks on the end of the chains? You just put the chain itself through the hook on the bucket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    So when you guys use chains...you don't have hooks on the end of the chains? You just put the chain itself through the hook on the bucket?
    Hooks on chains this gives you versatility. I can use shackles or straps or chains on the eyes. You can just have a 15 feet 1/4 inch chain with hooks on both ends. This gives you endless length choices for moving stuff. I wouldn't recommend lifting too much with one hook in the middle. You will bend the bucket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    So when you guys use chains...you don't have hooks on the end of the chains? You just put the chain itself through the hook on the bucket?
    There are different types of hooks. A normal tow chain has grab hooks that are designed to grab onto a link. You might also have a chain with slip hooks. But typically, with bucket hooks they are sized for a particular size chain and you simply lay the link into the hook and it stays there just like when using a grab hook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Your question isn't really specific to the 1-series. 2 and 3-series owners use the hooks the exact same way.
    Well, the tractors with more lift capacity would use those hooks or shackles to lift heavier things, which might affect the decision of which to use. I don't know how true that is, but I didn't want this in a general forum where people with big tractors and 3,000lb lift capacities would weigh in. I should have said "small tractors."
    Last edited by mike01; 01-16-2018 at 02:38 PM.
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