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Upon pulling a decent sized stump yesterday, I feared that it might be a little heavy for the 2520 to be able to lift out of the hole using the forks. So, I rolled it up on its side to get access at the root mass. Then, I took the fork tines off leaving just the frame attached to the tractor.

What this gets you is the lightest possible attachment, but still with the integrity that your loader needs, to perform work. For example, the 49 bucket weighs around 180 lbs and they only get heavier from there. An Artillian fork set with the standard 42" forks weighs just under 200 lbs. The fork frame alone weighs only 73 lbs, over 100 lbs less than the smallest bucket that JD makes. What this means is that your tractor gains over 100 lbs of lift capacity!

As long as you have the ability to chain, strap , or otherwise attach an object to the frame, you have the ability to move even heavier objects than otherwise possible with your JD loader.

(Please note that the fork frames now have chain slots for just this purpose but my own frame (yes, the original is still in use) has the old low grade rails which did not have chain slots.)
 

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That's neat. More I read about your forks the more I realize they're really a handy tool.
 

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Nice job!:thumbup1gif:
 

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Is there a place to mount Kenny's hooks on the fork frame?
Nice pics on using the fork frame on your project.

Doug
 

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Hi All,

Doug, an effect of carving every extra pound off of these frames is that there is hardly even any place left to apply decals, nevermind trying to attach other objects to it. This was what made adding a backrest so challenging. Besides, the frames now have chain hooks built into the rails at all four corners so adding hooks aren't necessary. Moreover, you can also hook onto the truss holes in the frame for securing loads. Of course, I would otherwise welcome adding Kenny's hooks, but it's not feasible.

And while on the subject of backrests, I have maintained that they are nice to have for moving bulky loads but moving this stump was one situation where not having one permanently attached was a benefit. Essentially, pallet forks on a utility tractor can be as much if not more of a landscaping tool as a pallet moving device. I certainly know that this applies to me, which is why I am glad that the backrest isn't permanently attached.
 

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just used those chain hook for ratchet straps to pick up an entire electric "stand up ejecting lounge chair". NO damage to anything and was able to set it on the peoples porch for an easy install in the house. These are big, heavy and bulky. We didnt use the forks, just the straps and the Artillian frame. I only wish I had pics..
have a friend who wants "shorty" forks on my tractor to lift walls he builds on to the foundations up a couple feet.( framed up sections of walls)
 
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