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Edwin Dirnbeck
10-23-2014, 10:58 AM
I prefer to do all of my lifting with nylon staps ,the more the merryer.The proplem is most chain hoist and other hooks are designed for chain slings ,they are too small and too sharp. So I made two large hooks. The first one is for my forks ,I sawed it out of a piece of 1 1/4 hot rolled steel and insalled a cut off 3/4 allen screw . The 2nd one I use on my chain hoist , it was made from a large shackle that I found at a junk store. I dont know what the lift rating would be, but I never lift more than about 1000 lb.and these are for my personal use only. I hope you find this useful. Edwin Dirnbeck

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My 22 inch abrasive saw
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Stu
10-23-2014, 11:14 AM
How is the hook attached to the fork of the loader?

Stu

Doozer
10-23-2014, 12:01 PM
Why don't you just use a shackle instead of jerry rig equipment?
And a hole in the fork? Also a very questionable practice, although
it probably would never be a problem. But a shackle is the proper
tool for the job. I have a few 3/4" and 7/8" shackles, and they are
very handy when rigging.
--Doozer

Edwin Dirnbeck
10-23-2014, 12:57 PM
How is the hook attached to the fork of the loader?

Stu
My hook has a high strength 3/4 theaded stud 1 1/2 inch long and a stainless steel nut.
. Edwin .

digr
10-23-2014, 01:18 PM
Its nice to have a hook big enough to take straps. As far as holes in forks, I know it is against safety regs But I have burned holes in every fork lift I have worked with and used and they are sure handy.

johnnyd
10-23-2014, 01:19 PM
It is common practice with fork lifts to torch a hole in one of the forks to accommodate a hitch ball to make it easy to move boat trailers & such.

John

(some people just type faster than others :rolleyes:)

Edwin Dirnbeck
10-23-2014, 01:26 PM
Why don't you just use a shackle instead of jerry rig equipment?
And a hole in the fork? Also a very questionable practice, although
it probably would never be a problem. But a shackle is the proper
tool for the job. I have a few 3/4" and 7/8" shackles, and they are
very handy when rigging.
--Doozer

Every place that I have worked had at least one fork with a hole in it ,usually drilled in after a c clamp slid off or broke.Now new forks can be ordered with a hole in them. A search on ebay shows many forks with holes in them.Every maccine rigger that has come into my workplace has them. No doubt a shackle would be safer on my chain hoist ,but ALL LIFTING IS UNSAFE ,Things are meant to be on the ground.Edwin

garyhlucas
10-23-2014, 07:10 PM
I didn't make a hole, I slotted the end for a 3/8" chain. The loose end of the chain goes to a welded on chain hook on top of the fork upright. So the fork sees very little bending load and the load height is easily adjustable.

boslab
10-24-2014, 12:27 AM
As far as I can see the hook can be as big as you like, it's only as strong as the bolt that's doing the lifting, over time with stress reversals and the fact that a screw thread is a collection of stress concentration points on a bar I would eventually expect the failure to occur there, the thread is in tension so a nice brittle ductile failure will look a little like a sand dune next to a valley, I prefer bolts on lifting appliances to be in shear as opposed to tension myself.
Also sticking holes in lifting forks is dubious, it's not allowed in factories, a fork can lift but with a lifting collar round the tine of the fork, a hole renders them scrap, as does welding to them.
I'm fairly sure that the occasional use won't be a problem but personally I wouldn't trust it in daily use myself.
It's a nice set of forks, must be handy to have around, I have a case 1845c unloaded with forks but my bloody engine died, I'm so busy building a house I haven't had the time to fix it, and to be honest I need the thing, chicken egg problem I suppose
Regards
Mark

big job
10-24-2014, 02:27 AM
I already see the making of a steady rest out of that. good job

justanengineer
10-24-2014, 08:08 AM
JMHO but the first and last pics scare me. In a former shop we had holes bored in our forks with the usual ball hitch for moving trucks and trailers around, one broke that Im aware of the first time someone hitched a chain hook to it for lifting. The last pic Ive also seen break many times, usually the hook snaps right at the top.

Don't get me wrong, Ive done far worse in the past but I try not to anymore simply bc one's luck eventually runs out.