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08-29-2019 06:04 AM
Mudinyeri
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Originally Posted by dentedsub View Post
I've had no issues with mine.
Good to know.
08-22-2019 02:59 PM
dentedsub
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Originally Posted by Mudinyeri View Post
I found it on Amazon and there were numerous complaints about the threads for the clamp not going all the way through. Sure, I could finish tapping it, but why would I pay for something I have to work on before I can use it?
I've had no issues with mine.
08-22-2019 02:46 PM
bdkw1 I broke the tip off the one at work a while back. Trying to lift a piece of trench plate off the concrete floor. Nobody put wood under it so I got a little momentum to pop it up on the fork. Fork shattered at the hole. Welded it back together and filled in the hole.

Cliffs. we now have a slide on ball.
08-22-2019 06:56 AM
Mudinyeri
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Originally Posted by Elwenil View Post
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 found it on Amazon and there were numerous complaints about the threads for the clamp not going all the way through. Sure, I could finish tapping it, but why would I pay for something I have to work on before I can use it?
08-21-2019 10:30 PM
billybob_81067
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Originally Posted by oldcars View Post
I drilled mine 5 years ago and haven't had any problems? It actually drilled easier than I thought it would, just drove it up to the drill press and set the fork gently on the table ! I used oil, but I bet I was through in under 3 minutes going slow & gentle. I use the forks on a tractor not a forklift, it's really handy to be able to move all my trailers, then mow under where they sit, then move them back, and never get out of the tractor seat!
I'm betting there are different grades of forks. No way in hell a drill bit would have chewed through the ones I have done on our Caterpillar V80D. Those forks taper down pretty thin towards the end and must be some high carbon tool steel wicked shit!
08-21-2019 08:09 PM
YotaAtieToo We had 8 or so lifts at my old work from 5k to 12k all had 1 or both forks drilled. We moved trailers and had picking hooks that went in the holes. Even with the dumbest people I've ever met using them every day, we never had a bent or broken tip.
08-21-2019 07:12 PM
oldcars I drilled mine 5 years ago and haven't had any problems? It actually drilled easier than I thought it would, just drove it up to the drill press and set the fork gently on the table ! I used oil, but I bet I was through in under 3 minutes going slow & gentle. I use the forks on a tractor not a forklift, it's really handy to be able to move all my trailers, then mow under where they sit, then move them back, and never get out of the tractor seat!
08-21-2019 07:02 PM
nhnissan I've started pulling up to the side of the trailers at work and just picking the fuckers up.
08-21-2019 04:07 PM
not2hye 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.
08-21-2019 12:08 PM
Elwenil 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.
08-21-2019 11:58 AM
Dr.Danger
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Originally Posted by Elwenil View Post
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.
08-21-2019 11:57 AM
vetteboy79
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Originally Posted by billybob_81067 View Post
...harder than woodpecker lips...
lol. nice.
08-21-2019 11:49 AM
xr-nut
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Originally Posted by gunracer1 View Post
i punched a hole in mine about 20 years ago. haven't "ruined the fork yet".
what he said /\


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Originally Posted by ChiScouter View Post
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.
08-21-2019 11:31 AM
Elwenil I thought everyone used them with a chain. That's pretty standard for anything you pull with the forks.
08-21-2019 09:45 AM
supersize75k5
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Originally Posted by Mr Stubs View Post
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
08-21-2019 09:43 AM
supersize75k5
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Originally Posted by Elwenil View Post
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.
08-21-2019 09:30 AM
billybob_81067 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...
08-21-2019 09:08 AM
jr4x
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Originally Posted by gunracer1 View Post
i punched a hole in mine about 20 years ago. haven't "ruined the fork yet".
This!

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)
08-21-2019 08:32 AM
dentedsub
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Originally Posted by Elwenil View Post
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.
08-21-2019 08:22 AM
Mr Stubs
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Originally Posted by Elwenil View Post
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.
08-21-2019 08:04 AM
welndmn
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Originally Posted by Elwenil View Post
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.
08-21-2019 08:03 AM
jaluhn
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Originally Posted by ChiScouter View Post
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.
08-21-2019 07:56 AM
Elwenil
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Originally Posted by Mudinyeri View Post
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.
08-21-2019 07:15 AM
Filthy McChevy Expected this:
never gets old.
08-21-2019 07:13 AM
Mudinyeri
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Originally Posted by Mr Stubs View Post
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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Originally Posted by Elwenil View Post
Yeah, not great reviews.

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Originally Posted by ChiScouter View Post
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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Originally Posted by gunracer1 View Post
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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