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Old 08-21-2019, 06:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Drill a fork or get one of the clamp-on ball mounts?
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Old 08-21-2019, 06:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Personal use lift?

Blasting a hole is redneck and easy but a OSHA no no.
Just weld up a box iron cup that slips over the end of the fork with chain that runs up and attaches to the mast and not ruin a fork.
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I ended up drilling and mounting the ball on a dedicated fork, since you are not supposed to modify them in any way per the manufacturer.
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Cheap enough to not ruin a fork:

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...2017_200642017
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The tip of a fork leads one of the most abused lives in the construction world. Drilling a 3/4 inch hole in it probably won't make it stronger. If you can't make a bracket to attach a ball and capture both forks dig into your purse and buy one or have your boyfriend buy you one.

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i punched a hole in mine about 20 years ago. haven't "ruined the fork yet".
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i punched a hole in mine about 20 years ago. haven't "ruined the fork yet".
Proof you don't push your forklift very hard
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Personal use lift?
Personal use-ish. I own the business. I use the lift. Of course, there might come a time when someone else does.

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The tip of a fork leads one of the most abused lives in the construction world. Drilling a 3/4 inch hole in it probably won't make it stronger. If you can't make a bracket to attach a ball and capture both forks dig into your purse and buy one or have your boyfriend buy you one.
Your mom offered to make me one.

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i punched a hole in mine about 20 years ago. haven't "ruined the fork yet".
We've done this with skid loader buckets on the farm for years. No issues. Just wondering about others' experiences with forks.
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Yeah, not great reviews.
It has 8 reviews, most are 4 or 5 stars with one 3 star review because the guy's forks were too wide. I don't know how much better the reviews could be. Either way, it's just a box with a hole for the ball and a nut welded for a way to tighten it down and a couple chain loops. Easy to make, but for $30, I'd risk it as my time would be worth more than that.
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Proof you don't push your forklift very hard
Or maybe he just doesn't abuse it????

Tip of the fork should see very little bending load unless you're trying to lift stuff with it right on the tip of the fork, running it into stuff, etc.
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It has 8 reviews, most are 4 or 5 stars with one 3 star review because the guy's forks were too wide. I don't know how much better the reviews could be. Either way, it's just a box with a hole for the ball and a nut welded for a way to tighten it down and a couple chain loops. Easy to make, but for $30, I'd risk it as my time would be worth more than that.

This.

I've made them in the past, seeing this for $40 to my door, I'd never make one again.
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Make this but instead of some stupid weak ass screw clamp, have a chain go up and attach to the fork backstop. That will keep it from pulling off the end of the fork.
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We got one of those, works great. A lot faster than unbolting a ball. We ended up welding a receiver tube to it though and buying a 3way hitch. Works great.
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i punched a hole in mine about 20 years ago. haven't "ruined the fork yet".
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Grandpas clark forklift has had a torched hole in it for a ball for over 30 years. The fork with the hole in it is in no worse shape than it's buddy with no hole. And I've moved a 26'000 pound goose neck with it. Just don't back up the forklift to fast (edit: about 6,000 lbs on the tip of the fork)
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:30 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I just torched a hole in ours yesterday. Already had one on the one side for a ball, and I put another hole in the other side for a clevis. Added bonus is that with something on the end of the fork you can loop a chain on the fork and not have to worry about it slipping off the end. That was the main reason I added the hole for the clevis yesterday. I had a chain looped around both forks holding a 3 point angle blade up in the air while I worked on it. the way it was positioned it was wanting to push the chain off the ends of the forks.

Also on the side that I've had the ball on for a while I have one ball with a threaded shank and the other one that took a bolt up into the ball. so I mated them together so that the 2-5/16 ball threads into the 2" ball. All I have to do is snug it down hand tight when moving a trailer, and if I need the other side I loosen it up and flip it right over and I'm good to go.

I like to torch the hole undersized and bring it up to size with a carbide burr on a die grinder so that it isn't such a rough hole. Be warned though it takes for fucking ever to grind a hole out cause those fork teeth are harder than woodpecker lips...
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It has 8 reviews, most are 4 or 5 stars with one 3 star review because the guy's forks were too wide. I don't know how much better the reviews could be. Either way, it's just a box with a hole for the ball and a nut welded for a way to tighten it down and a couple chain loops. Easy to make, but for $30, I'd risk it as my time would be worth more than that.
I have one of these, the damn thing slips off all the time, almost more trouble than its worth.

for the hole in the fork, that is a preferred method to me.
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Make this but instead of some stupid weak ass screw clamp, have a chain go up and attach to the fork backstop. That will keep it from pulling off the end of the fork.
much better idea
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I thought everyone used them with a chain. That's pretty standard for anything you pull with the forks.
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Old 08-21-2019, 11:49 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Proof you don't push your forklift very hard
pfffft. torched a hole in mine years ago and I guarantee fuck'n tee I abuse the hell of it. I dig holes with the forks, in frozen ground. Pick up all sorts of shit with it, including cars. It is on a front wheel assist tractor.
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...harder than woodpecker lips...
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I thought everyone used them with a chain. That's pretty standard for anything you pull with the forks.
My barrel grabber came with a safety strap, but to be fair, it doesn't really come off if you install it correctly. It attaches just like the product you linked but obviously on both forks. It likes to be really, really tight to not come off. They work much better if they are barely wider than the fork itself, and this thing has a lot of play in it.

I think the linked product and a chain with a short leash is the way to go for this. I keep a big crescent wrench on the forklift and use the hole in the handle to quickly tighten and loosen the screws.
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A chain is what we used on the old Clark forklift we used. Otherwise if you pulled on the forks they would tilt upward and could come out if you yanked on them hard enough. That was how they were adjusted, you tilted them up and slid them side to side. So they sort of had to be chained to the head. We had the same deal for the fork extensions we used occasionally.
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I hacked a leg off of a scrap pallet jack, plated the bottom of it to make it basically a square tube.
welded 1 7/8” ball on it so I could just run up to closed hitch and pick them up.
Has a chain and hook to keep it on. And best part is, just drive up and slip a fork in it.
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I've started pulling up to the side of the trailers at work and just picking the fuckers up.
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