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Old 05-28-2010, 03:59 PM
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Default Brush Fork

I thought I would post a couple of pics of a brush fork I just finished. I saw this on line and in a NT catalog, and thought it would be a good learning project for me. I made the tines and back from 2"x3"x3/16" tubing, and the clamps from 1/4"x4" plate. I'm sure I could have used smaller tubing, but this was a better price in stock vs. ordering from my supplier.
I will paint it later, but I used it this afternoon moving brush and rotten logs and it seems to be plenty strong for my purposes. It is quite heavy and much stronger than my bucket, so I had to weld a 2"x1/4" strip to the bottom of the bucket to stiffen it.
You can see from the pics, my welds aren't great, but I'm learnin'!!
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Old 05-28-2010, 04:11 PM
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Looks good nctox!
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Looks really good!
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:37 PM
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next thing you know, you are going to be adding a grapple! Looks great. Good job!
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:48 AM
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Nice work, Nctox! I was wondering how you made the points on the front ends of the tines? Did you bend one wall of the tubing down or did you just cut the tubing on a 45 and weld a piece of plate over it?

How much weight do you think the fork will hold?

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Old 05-29-2010, 05:33 PM
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Nice work, Nctox! I was wondering how you made the points on the front ends of the tines? Did you bend one wall of the tubing down or did you just cut the tubing on a 45 and weld a piece of plate over it?

How much weight do you think the fork will hold?

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Thanks. If I were more computer savvy I could draw a diagram, but I'm not. Anyway, I initially tried to cut out two triangular pieces from each 2" side of the tine, to bend the 3" sides together and have a sealed point. However the cutting got to be too much right from the start,, so I went with Plan B. I cut out the "mouth" by making two cuts 3" back from the open end, as close to the top and bottom (3" side) as I could on each side. Then I cut out the rectangle. I then bent the "lips" together and welded them with 1/8 7014. I'm sorry,,, that is probably not very clear. I will try to get a close-up picture of the points and it should be easier to see.

I think the fork will hold much more than my loader bucket will support. I welded an additional piece to the bottom of the bucket under each clamp, but it still feels flimsy when I pick up a full load (the bucket, not the fork). The fork is really rigid. I think 2x2 tubing, maybe 1/8 thickness might have been plenty strong enough. Just my inexperienced opinion.
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Pretty nice work,Nctox.
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DrBob,
I took these pics today; they're a little better than the first ones.
They show the "mouth" cut on each side, then the bent "lips" welded together.
I started to prime it, but the rain put a hold on it, so it'll get done later.
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As usual, the pictures are worth 1000 words! Nice, simple solution. I'm somewhat proud that I also came up with the idea of cutting a triangle out of the sides of the tines. Nice work!

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Old 06-01-2010, 03:31 PM
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Thanks for all the compliments. I'm new to this kind of thing, but I think I'm hooked!
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