Bobcat bucket rail for attaching forks

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chuckinnc

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When picking up and moving attachments, implements and other stuff around the farm the bucket teeth arent quite long enough. I have a old set of fork lift forks that seem to be about right to set in the Bobcats bucket with 2/3 of the forks resting on the bottom of the bucket, it looks like all i would need is a rail welded to the buckets top lip to hold them in place. Sometimes my homemade ideas dont allways work properly so has anyone ever adapted fork lift forks ot fit in a standard skidsteer bucket? This is not ment to be permanent but just a few times when a year when stuff migrates from the field to the back yard.
 

skidsteer.ca

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I think I just make a proper frame to fit your forks. Without a lower hooh to hold them on the top one I think you would find they jump off alot. Duo to the short wheelbase and rapid tilt movement of a skid you would need something to hold them down imo,
Further you lift capacity drops quickly if as you move the load forward and you would be carrying the extra weight of the bucket to. As it is Bocat derates the loaders lift by about 35% for loads centered 24" in front of the loader on the tines.
But I'm sure it could be made to work if you only want a short fork. They sell some on ebay that clamp over your bucket cutting edge, but I would not be prying rocks out of the ground with them.
Regards
Ken
 

perry

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I think I just make a proper frame to fit your forks. Without a lower hooh to hold them on the top one I think you would find they jump off alot. Duo to the short wheelbase and rapid tilt movement of a skid you would need something to hold them down imo,
Further you lift capacity drops quickly if as you move the load forward and you would be carrying the extra weight of the bucket to. As it is Bocat derates the loaders lift by about 35% for loads centered 24" in front of the loader on the tines.
But I'm sure it could be made to work if you only want a short fork. They sell some on ebay that clamp over your bucket cutting edge, but I would not be prying rocks out of the ground with them.
Regards
Ken
Chuck, I picked up the rail and forks off a salvaged fork lift from a metal salvage yard. I would check a salvage yard if you have one close, I also bought a 'blank' attachment plate.
 

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