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    *update* slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    On my recent demo job I needed some forks for my tractor. Lots of heavy crap to load. http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=288851

    Needed them the next day so grabbed some scrap 1.5" x 1/4" pipe, cut some plates and turned on the MM210.

    Made 3 tacks and ran outta wire!!

    Already used up all my 7014 and good 7018 and only had the son's 6013 left from him practicing.

    So these are built with 1/8" 6013 run at 130-135 amps AC on my Airco 300.

    6013....the world will probably end right?

    Pic 1 - the forks
    pic 2 - 3 pass 6013 - not perfect but pretty normal weld for me
    The top strap that bends over the bucket lip was welded on straight first, then heated and hammered over the lip. "Custom fit."
    pic 3 - chain ring for the tail

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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    I only needed them to lift about 800 lbs, so I load checked them much higher.

    I was chainsawing the walls into 5' x 8' up to 8' x 8' sections. The 8x8 water-logged sections I could not lift one end so I know they are over 600 lbs.

    When the SA200 was up I measured about 1" flex over the length of the forks.

    Pic 1 - load check
    Pic 2 - load check


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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    So that was the deal in a nutshell. Needed them, made em and used em I will build real ones with rectangle tubing next time I have some extra stuff in.

    Anyone uncomfortable I used a good SA200 for a load check? LOL

    Feel free to comment - I'll start:
    "That will never hold"
    "6013 will not work"
    "Your welds need work"

    Just kidding around - as others have said, let the flaming begin

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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Sweet Dave, came out nice man! I wouldn't go driving around with the SA200 on there which i'm sure you know, but for purpose cool bro!
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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Couple extra pics

    pic 1: closeup of the bucket lip
    pic 2: chain "adjuster" from scrap and left over parts

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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Quote Originally Posted by weldermike View Post
    Sweet Dave, came out nice man! I wouldn't go driving around with the SA200 on there which i'm sure you know, but for purpose cool bro!
    Thanks Mike

    Ya, not going to drive around with the SA200 on those forks! :laughing:

    I'll have to remember Light/Med duty as intended.

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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Great Idea and welds.

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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Thanks tackit - I try to do a good job, even when it's made from scrap

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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    off topic. but how does the allis do with a load in the bucket? I was always curious what a tricycle tractor would handle like with a loader. and nice tractor by the way. my friend had a 53(?) wd 45
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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    camjeep3 - With a full bucket of dirt, and a low bucket it's fine. Or stationary dumping the dirt - no problem.

    Any loads up high are SPOOKY. Lots of uncomfortable sway going on. Owned it 18 years now and it never gets less of a pucker factor with the bucket up high.

    Next reasonable wide front for sale I see, I'm buying

    It is a great yard tractor for my needs - I'm not a farmer - it will drive around the yard with a SA250 hanging on the hook (very carefully)

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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    very cool. there was a wide front end for sale around here a while back. My friend was going to put it on his but ended up trading for a rare ford.
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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Good creativity with that chain adjuster mechanism! I'd probably do it the easy way and just use a couple of load binders. I'm starting to draw plans in my head already...
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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Thanks
    I needed my binders for the chaining of the load or I probably would have too

    Check out this post for a really nice set of slip on forks (post #9)
    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...=tractor+forks

    Those are the ones I'll likely copy when I make "real" ones for my tractor.

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    Re: slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    *update*
    I have bent them and straightened them a few times, and the dozer mangled one immediately...

    None of the 6013 welds ever cracked, but the forks are about done for now...
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    Re: *update* slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Not to be ugly about it, but I'd never get near those with a ten foot pole. Dangerous stuff IMHO. Just don't stand under the damn thingsName:  t519276_scared-smiley-emoticon.gif
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    Re: *update* slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Beautiful welds BTW

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    Re: *update* slip on tractor forks - light/med duty

    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    Not to be ugly about it, but I'd never get near those with a ten foot pole. Dangerous stuff IMHO. Just don't stand under the damn thingsName:  t519276_scared-smiley-emoticon.gif
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    Heck fire, I thought you would understand "temporary" items that you need right now - LOL

    ...but hell no, I didn't get under them

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    Beautiful welds BTW
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