3pt linkage for forklift

Hendryk

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Arable Farmer
I thought it would be handy to have a 3pt linkage attachment for the forklift to move and store machinery more efficiently if you don’t have a massive shed. Two of my sheds are not wide enough to turn around with any tractor, so a forklift would reduce the ammount of equipment left outside, exposed to the elements..
I found this on the web:

Has anyone used or built something like this?
 

solo

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worcestershire
Murray machinery along with most attachment manufacturers offer similar.


 

Lincs Lass

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north lincs
I thought it would be handy to have a 3pt linkage attachment for the forklift to move and store machinery more efficiently if you don’t have a massive shed. Two of my sheds are not wide enough to turn around with any tractor, so a forklift would reduce the ammount of equipment left outside, exposed to the elements..
I found this on the web:

Has anyone used or built something like this?
Just need to remember the lift capacity of the forklift will be greatly reduced using a frame like that.
Small stuff that's not heavy ,you'll be fine but big or long beam machinery will over balance it .
 

Hendryk

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Arable Farmer
Just need to remember the lift capacity of the forklift will be greatly reduced using a frame like that.
Small stuff that's not heavy ,you'll be fine but big or long beam machinery will over balance it .
Thats what I thought too. Wouldn’t it be possible to get it closer to the frame of the forklift, so lever is shorter?
 

Hendryk

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Arable Farmer
Only way to get it closer is take the forks of the carriage and fit the frame to that but thats going to be a pita job every time you want to shift something
Thats true. I don’t want to endorse unsafe or dangerous working methods, but what if you just weld two hooks that hook onto the rail on the forklift? If you don’t have hydraulic shift for your forks I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. Not that it would be particularly safe…
 

Lincs Lass

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north lincs
What machinery are you planning to move ,,could you make up some steel frames and use 6x3 box section as pallet tine slots ,,you could pick what ever up level then .
 

Hendryk

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What machinery are you planning to move ,,could you make up some steel frames and use 6x3 box section as pallet tine slots ,,you could pick what ever up level then .
Mainly my seeders, two mulchers, and a rotary 6m rotary harrow, so it’ll have some decent weight. Of the seeders, only two are carried; the others have their own wheels and only need to be pushed. The main idea behind the forklift is that it can turn on a dime.

A friend of mine has cut a hole in one of the forks of his forklift with an oxy and put a tow ball on it to move his header comb trailer (which has a turntable). With that, he can push his front into tight sheds in no time.
Thats where the idea came from, to use the same trick on 3pt linkages
 
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Dave W

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chesterfield
I thought it would be handy to have a 3pt linkage attachment for the forklift to move and store machinery more efficiently if you don’t have a massive shed. Two of my sheds are not wide enough to turn around with any tractor, so a forklift would reduce the ammount of equipment left outside, exposed to the elements..
I found this on the web:

Has anyone used or built something like this?
I used to make them. Agriweld and taylors attachments also still make them.
I don't bother as there simply wasn't enough money in them for me to produce them commercially.

It will be the best money you ever spend and will wonder how you managed without one.
Don't worry about stressing the forklift. I've picked ridiculous weights up with mine and it's a doddle.
I made mine with a proper swivel hook for chains and dedicated drawbar. Think I use the drawbar more than anything.
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Hendryk

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Arable Farmer
I used to make them. Agriweld and taylors attachments also still make them.
I don't bother as there simply wasn't enough money in them for me to produce them commercially.

It will be the best money you ever spend and will wonder how you managed without one.
Don't worry about stressing the forklift. I've picked ridiculous weights up with mine and it's a doddle.
I made mine with a proper swivel hook for chains and dedicated drawbar. Think I use the drawbar more than anything. View attachment 1017700View attachment 1017701View attachment 1017704View attachment 1017707View attachment 1017708
That looks serious! I’ll suss them out
 

KennyO

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Mixed Farmer
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Angus
I have a home made one for our masted forklifts. Remove forks and hook onto for carriage. Clamps to fit at bottom to stop it jumping off if moving serious stuff. Was made for putting potato planters into a low shed.

Wouldn't fancy one that just slides on forks unless lifting really light stuff.
 

KennyO

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Mixed Farmer
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Angus
That idea is handy for lifting stuff to work on securely. Not so good for shifting stuff around without leaving the seat
Mine was only for occasional use for a specific job. Like the op for packing stuff into an awkward shed.
I would like one like you have for the telehandler- just never spend the money.
 

ewald

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Arable Farmer
Location
Mid-Lincs
Mainly my seeders, two mulchers, and a rotary 6m rotary harrow, so it’ll have some decent weight. Of the seeders, only two are carried; the others have their own wheels and only need to be pushed. The main idea behind the forklift is that it can turn on a dime.

A friend of mine has cut a hole in one of the forks of his forklift with an oxy and put a tow ball on it to move his header comb trailer (which has a turntable). With that, he can push his front into tight sheds in no time.
Thats where the idea came from, to use the same trick on 3pt linkages
Most farm forklifts used to have a hole gassed in the tips for this purpose - if you do it, use an old fork as the LOLER inspector should fail any fork so modified! Besides, they do tend to get bent if you pick up too much weight on the tip.
 

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