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#1 frenchy OFFLINE  

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 08:55 PM

So this winter I made a rink for my boys. I used a bunch of 2x6-16 to build a frame and filled it with snow and water etc. Well today I needed to take it down etc and didn't want to haul 20 of these boards over 300 ft to behind my shed, so I thought, how could I make this easier.... so I built forks for my MF14 :)

It's all built with 2x2 tube steel except for the sleeves for the adjustable middle forks. Only one hydraulic cylinder, so I can only sweep them up at an angle, but it sure as hell beat carrying the boards! I also moved my blade to the back yard with them and can already think of 100 uses. I think it was 3 hours well spent!

Let me know what you think!

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 09:14 PM

Looks like that should work just fine, nice job!

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 09:30 PM

frenchy, I think you built a winner with your fork attachment. Very nice job!! :thumbs:

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 09:37 PM

Great looking fork type implement. Let us know what other uses you find for it.

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 09:42 PM

Nice fabrication work frenchy! Looks like a useful addition to your arsenal of tools!

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 04:44 AM

That looks good.Should work well as a fork lift.

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 05:03 AM

Looks good, frenchy! Very useful tool. Throw a piece of plywood across it and you can carry all kinds of things!

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 07:16 AM

Very cool add-on. I bet you'll find a thousand uses for it.

Does the front steering get hard with a load on it?

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 08:52 AM

That does look like a very handy piece of equipment.
Evidently it's just me but I'm wondering why you didn't get the boys to haul the lumber.

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 09:11 AM

Thanks for all the great feedback!

@CP7: My boys are 4 and 2 years old... not quite big enough to haul 16ft 2x6s LOL.

@MH81: I carried my blade that weighs around 80 lbs and it was ok. I do need to put more air in those tires though, they are currently a little low. I'm sure if I was on soft ground it would probably be tough.

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 10:07 AM

Now that gets my imagination going. Think I can make one to fit the Honda Quick hitch. Could be very handy. Thanks. Now to find the time.

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 10:58 AM

Nice setup there. Having that on the front has it's advantages as it's easier to line up with whatever you are going to lift.

I have a HANG-N-HAUL on the back of my 1256 which does essentially the same what you have, except it's probably not as heavy duty.

I'm thinking of getting some angle iron and making some longer "forks" for it. It's made by a member here, GTMan, and is a very high quality piece of equipment, and really handy.

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 01:19 PM

Old buzzard, I have been planning to build myself something like you have for my sleeve hitch but haven't even begun. What is the price on that hang n haul?

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 02:09 PM

My boys are 4 and 2 years old... not quite big enough to haul 16ft 2x6s LOL.


Gotcha frenchy. They're almost big enough to learn how to drive the tractor then. :thumbs:

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 06:04 PM

Old buzzard, I have been planning to build myself something like you have for my sleeve hitch but haven't even begun. What is the price on that hang n haul?


It cost me $120.00. They are very well made, and I don't think that the price is out of line at all.

One of our members, GT Man, makes/made them.

He used to advertise them on the Toledo, OH Craigslist, but I don't see an ad at this time.

I guess that you could PM him here, or use the info on this page to call/email him:

http://www.noahmowin...?ID=ContactForm

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