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I'm thinking of having our fab guys here at work build me a set of forks for the front of my SCUT. I only need around 1000lbs of lift capacity, so they dont need to be incredibly strong, just enough to move some hay around.

I was thinking C-Channel around 30-36" long, angled at the end with some sort of backplate to weld on my brackets to attach to my loader pins.

Anyone ever done this?
 

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Quite a few threads out there on members building their own forks, have you tried a search?
 

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I saw someone over on TBN who made an insert that fit the bucket to capture their forks. Looked like a pretty slick option instead of clamp-on's for your bucket.

1Klbs is a pretty decent load, but not un-doable. Just keep in mind the leverage increase as your load is further away from your anchor point. 1Klbs at 12" is 2Klbs 24" forward, and so on. So your bale could possibly exert 4Klbs force on your L connection if you have 4' forks (or if you're using a sling to lift something - more the point I'm getting at).

Overhead lifting equipment is also generally given a 5:1 safety factor too. So your design load at the fork tips for 1Klbs is now 5Klbs and your L connection would need to handle 25Klbs of stress to be deemed safe to support something over a person.

Just stuff to keep in mind when designing things which can squish people.

Do yourself a favor and get Beamboy 2.0. It's a free downloaded leverage calculator which allows you to examine how stress impacts levers and beams. Very handy!
 

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I'm gathering parts for a fork build of my own I called a local forklift repair and bought a used set of 42 in and a carriage for $200 so half of my work is done just gotta clear out a couple other projects and get started
 

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I'm gathering parts for a fork build of my own I called a local forklift repair and bought a used set of 42 in and a carriage for $200 so half of my work is done just gotta clear out a couple other projects and get started
How heavy is that carriage and forks? Usually anything, especially the carriage from a real forklift is crazy heavy for a smaller tractor. What tractor do you have? (hint, please fill in signature)
 

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It's a 2720 the carriage is really heavy I am either going to trim a lot off of it or possibly not use it because it's not quite wide enough anyway the main frame of it is 1.5 to 2 in solid all the way around
 

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It's a 2720 the carriage is really heavy I am either going to trim a lot off of it or possibly not use it because it's not quite wide enough anyway the main frame of it is 1.5 to 2 in solid all the way around

Member DieselShadow built a set of forks for his 2720 a while back using some components off of an actual forklift. That thread is here.

Sometime later he replaced them with a set of Artillian forks, which are a much better fit for that size tractor. That thread is here.

Just to reinforce what y'all have stated, real forklift parts are very, very heavy when compared to the lifting capacity of smaller tractors. They eat up too much 'payload' weight to be as useful as they could be. Likewise, moving the load further from the pivot points on the loader by using clamp on bucket forks or bucket- attached forks decrease the capacity exponentially, not to mention being difficult to see where the forks are. It's certainly possible to build a set and have them work well, but weight is a critical factor that off the shelf forklift parts just don't meet the requirements for.
 

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I guess it's a matter of perspective. 300# is lighter than my 73" bucket empty. I don't know if I could even tell the difference in a 100# lighter load. I spent a couple years running forklifts and unless you were at the bleeding limit of the overload relief, it was usually only a moderate difference in speed of functions from empty skids to 3-4Klbs. Then again, I couldn't tell you the flow rates on a single fork I've ever driven. :laugh:
 
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