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    extending reach of 1025r fel/forks?

    Have 1025r tbl & 42" artillian forks. Need to lift rolls of Stormguard (ice & water), 30# felt and stacks of concrete roof tile above eave level. Have sets of baker scaffold (6 ft L x 6 ft H x 29" W) that I can double deck (with outriggers) if needed and use as a "landing/loading" platform with material at 10 ft. Know I can invert forks, but still will not give me enough lift height. Envision building a "cube" with pallet style bottom slots for forks that can be lifted on to scaffold. Concerned about "cube" being top heavy with tile (desire 40-50 @ 10 lb each).

    Right now have bh with unloaded tires. Plan buying starter weights and probably 1 set of cast iron wheel weights. Have old set of Craftsman weights that I think can be added to the mix. Enough ballast?

    Has anyone done something similar - or have a better idea?
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    Here are a couple of other suggestions that may work. I would find some borrow material (dirt) and build a suitable ramp to gain the height required to reach the level you can safely work from. I did this over the summer to put the roof on my garage in the back. In the front, which was higher, we hooked the deck over gooseneck to the pickup, pulled the truck inside the garage and used the trailer as a portable ramp to gain the height needed for the forks to reach the eave.
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    Rent one of these and be done with it. Most tool rental places should have it in the inventory. The cost is not a lot for a weekends worth of use. I used one to help me lift the beams on the metal shop I built when I lived in Texas. Came in very handy, would not have been able to do it otherwise. You can put a significant amount of weight on it as well. I think trying to use a SCUT to lift to the eave of a house is not worth the risk. It has a limited lift height and is easy to become unstable when the FEL is extended all the way up, ballast or not. At least that has been my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dianedebuda View Post
    Have 1025r tbl & 42" artillian forks. Need to lift rolls of Stormguard (ice & water), 30# felt...
    I paid a kid (he's 26) $100 to lift materials to my roof just a couple weeks ago. It was a lot simpler (and safer) than trying to rig up some top heavy contraption.
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    Wow, I hate to say it, because I typically say these tractors can do ANYTHING... but, I agree with the other responses. 500lbs @ 10+ feet just isn't practical.

    I've tried several red-neck solutions, and none have been suitable for 500lbs that high.

    The only possibility to improve stability would be to put your BH outriggers down while doing the lift. However, it just seems like a lot more pain than the other proposed solutions.

    Rent a lift, or a teanager...

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    Thanks for the thoughts. Bodies are tough to find around here these days. Have tried to find a roofer since Feb. Since I already have the tile, haven't gotten anyone to even give me a bid - they want the entire job or nothing. Geez. Took over 4 months to get a carpenter. Did the tile on the 2 story part of the house a few years ago - by choice (interesting techniques + sense of accomplishment - but I wouldn't want to do it for a living). Took a couple of months with hubby & son on the ground using an electric hoist to lift 6 tiles at a time to me on the roof. These days, son's left the nest & hubby's knees are bad which limits his "ground" work. His knees & my bad back were the prompts for the 1025r

    Kind of suspected the tile lift would be problematic using the 1025r fel/forks. That's why I was checking if anyone else had been inventive. Too bad.

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    A photograph of the access area might help the creative brainstorming process...

    Obviously this would be more labor intensive suggestion. Transfer only 10 tiles at a time to pallet to lift.
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