Forks for my T5c

Ryan313

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I acquired this machine last fall, and I have enjoyed it very much! Most of the time, I use it to pick things up. I welded a 2” receiver on the bucket; I also made an adapter so I can mount the boom from my engine hoist to the bucket. The boom works fantastic, and I used it to pick up a 7.3, even before I filled the rear tires with calcium. I’m not sure how much it is capable of lifting, although I don’t think think I’d want to go any heavier than that engine. More useful than the boom, would likely be pallet forks! I got my hands on a broken pallet jack, and started to convert it to pallet forks. I am almost finished, I have to finish the welding and shorten the forks by about a foot.

Here are some pictures of my progress so far.

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This one is my neighbor Neal helping me with some large billets that were too heavy to move by hand.
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Ryan313

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I am reluctant to say I am finished, but I’m finished for now. Once I got it all welded and saw how sturdy the forks are, I decided not to cut them yet; if they prove to be too long, I can cut them later. I also have to paint it, but want to see if they will be too long first.

Once I got them mounted I looked for something to pick up, I thought a snowmobile was a good test, and it worked great! If I did cut the forks, I would not have been able to pick it up. After I was done playing, I used it to unload some 3/8 steel plates I got today.
 

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ol' stonebreaker

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Really good fabricating!! Both ends of that will be really good helpers, especially with the new attachments!! Only improvement I see is a quiktach for all 3.
Mike
 

Ryan313

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I have been loving these forks! I use them almost everyday. I haven’t had an issue with them being too long, so I will leave them. The only issue I am having is the mount for the front wheels. There is a hole for the pivot pin on the underside that catches on pallets when going in or out using the float function.
 

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KennyP

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I use my set of rear forks all the time, just leave them on a tractor.
 

olcowhand

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I use my pallet forks a few times a week and love them! Far as the hanging pin bracket on yours Ryan, maybe heat them cherry red and take a large shop hammer to them?
 

Ryan313

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I use my pallet forks a few times a week and love them! Far as the hanging pin bracket on yours Ryan, maybe heat them cherry red and take a large shop hammer to them?
That’s a good idea, I haven’t really looked at it. Either that or just cut it out and put a plate there.
 
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