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IH 1000 Loader Forks

Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:41 pm

I have been wanting to fab a set of forks for my loader, but wasn't finding any "cheap" forklift forks to start the project.
My brother was up a couple weeks ago and we were talking and he said "why do they have to be those type forks...they are so overbuilt for your purposes, why not just use something else".

So, we start wandering around the place and found some more steel pipe like I used for my boom pole,
IH 1000 Loader Boom Pole
and decided to give that a shot.
A couple hours later we had the rough idea together.

It lifts really well and is very convenient.
All my implements and 'stuff' will now be put on pallets and I can move it all around without always getting on and off the loader.
I painted them white for high visibility.

Really wish my brother lived closer...who knows what kinds of projects we would be making. :D

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Re: IH 1000 Loader Forks

Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:43 pm

Nice job. It looks like a loader really comes in handy sometimes. Now if only Ray would get his done and on a tractor lol.

Re: IH 1000 Loader Forks

Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:22 pm

Dave, It looks even better now that its painted. Thanks again for the chestnuts.

Bob

Re: IH 1000 Loader Forks

Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:47 am

Looks like it will be a handy addition, to the cub. Ed

Re: IH 1000 Loader Forks

Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:51 pm

Bob McCarty wrote:Dave, It looks even better now that its painted. Thanks again for the chestnuts.

Bob

Chestnuts, chestnuts LOL

Re: IH 1000 Loader Forks

Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:35 pm

Dave:

That looks like a very useful project .. well thought out and well done :!:

Them was your chestnuts?????

Hmmm, I sure liked them and so did Em! In fact she liked em so much that she smuggled a few back home :lol:

Re: IH 1000 Loader Forks

Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:43 pm

That steel water pipe welded into the fittings isn't the strongest thing in the world. It likes to split at the threads, even underneath a layer of weld.

As long as you don't try to lift a huge amount it should hold up okay, though.

Re: IH 1000 Loader Forks

Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:23 am

Looks real nice Dave. I'm sure that will be very handy to have. Did you weld the pipe joints? (I'm sure you did.) What kind of weight will that handle? I like the pole boom too.

Re: IH 1000 Loader Forks

Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:38 am

I got a cheap 3-point carry-all from Northern Tool and modified it to fit on the loader. I can't find the thing on Northern's web site, but it was similar to this one at Agri-Supply:
http://www.agrisupply.com/Point-Carry-All-Fork-Attachment/p/65060/&sid=&eid=/
I needed to drill a few holes and make a couple small brackets. It is all bolted together so it can be converted back for 3-point with little effort. The one thing about it is that it is pretty flexible and can twist. You need to keep fairly even loads on both sides. If I want to lift something with a chain, I need to make a piece that will lay across both sides so the chain can hang from the center. I haven't used it much, but so far it seems to do all I expect of it.
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