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Which forks?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by heavyiron, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. heavyiron

    heavyiron Member
    Messages: 96

    I'm in the market for a set of forks for my skid - Case 1845C. I was looking for used but have not found anything decent. I'm thinking about springing for new. I've looked online and at local dealers and am going between Bradco, Landpride and Woods. I'll be using them mostly to move palletized firewood but I won't try to skimp on the rating and may go up to a 6k set just to be safe. Anyone have a set they like and would recommend?

    Thanks
     
  2. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    Bradco are pretty nice. We've got s set and they do just fine. I think ours are rated for something like 4800#.
     
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
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  4. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 639

    no help. but i have seen a for overloaded trying to lift with the tip. that think broke and slingshoted across the universe. scary crap!
     
  5. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Those look like a spin off of the Cat forks. The Cat forks are fairly heavy duty. The back rest or guard on them is good. I've seen a few skid forks where its open and has some fancy design in the middle. That don't help when you have a skid of loose sod roll or bricks on a pallet. Unfortunately my set was stolen when my trailer was stolen. Probably go for another set. Dealer has a used set for $500 and I think $800 for new.
     
  6. heavyiron

    heavyiron Member
    Messages: 96

    Thanks guys. I'm waiting on a quote from quick - attach and my local dealer gave me a fair price on a 4k lb set of Woods forks with a full brick guard. Just gotta figure out if I want to deal with an LTL delivery from an online buy or have the dealer bring them down on my schedule.

    Nobody around me runs a skid with forks (lotta AG tractors) so your thoughts were a big help!
     
  7. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,734

    Your further away then I am from where the Quick Attach stuff is made, but my shipping was pretty cheap and didn't take very long at all. I had to wait a couple weeks since my bucket was back ordered as I wanted them both shipped together but I'd imagine you could have yourself a set of forks from them in a week.

    Definitely get 48-54" forks no matter what brand you get. I'm used to 42" forks and having the extra length on them is nice when you can't get close enough to stuff or are trying to pick up bigger stuff.
     
  8. contractor078

    contractor078 Senior Member
    Messages: 232

    i have a set of bobcat forks that i picked up used got them for 400 had to drive like 2 hours each way to get them but work great for what i use them for. they are very handy dont really use them for anything particular but if you look around you can find come on ebay or craigslist.

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  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    I've got a set of JD forks for my tractor. I will NEVER come close to reaching their max with my tractor but they are very well built as they're made for a skid steer that can easily lift 2x+ what my tractor will do
     
  10. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    The only problem i have found when looking for them used is every one wants what they paid for them new and they are rusty and banged up and they are very old.
     
  11. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I have a set of bobcat forks and they have been great. My only complaint is they can be a pain to adjust. And the step is a little flimsy.. but they are well built and I have used them a lot moving pallets of mag and all kinds of trap around the farm.
     
  12. heavyiron

    heavyiron Member
    Messages: 96

    Good stuff, guys. I'm going to pick up a set of Bradco 6,000 lb forks on Saturday from my Case dealer in NH.