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Old 08-15-2010, 03:59 PM   post #106 of 137
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Hey Ken,

It was sure great talking to you today and thanks for sharing these pictures! I'm not sure what you mean about your weld beads not coming out great. They sure look fine to me (even though I don't see the 2-2 stitch welds shown in the instructions, ha ha). Check your welds real well after some good use. If everything looks kosher, I'm sure your work will be fine.

As I may have mentioned here before, these forks will show you the limits of your tractor far before the 2305 will find the limits of the forks. My forks just laugh at me with some of the loads I've tried to lift and have shown me a whole new dimension of these utility tractors in general.

I look forward to seeing some action photos once that paint coat dries!
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Hey Chris,
Check the photos.
I just went out this AM to mount up my forks, and I can see now why I was sent the "thicker" top rail. My forks have a 5/8" pad at the bottom, so they sit square as can be. The tolerance is so good that I had to remove my paint load from the face of the rails in order for the forks to slide without a mallet. Now very little play and they slide nicely. I'm off to pick up some pallets of concrete pavers.

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Old 08-17-2010, 10:25 AM   post #108 of 137
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For those unaware, ATVXpress is advertising 1/2" thick fork rails but recently seems to be taking the liberty of sending this 1" thick top rail. I did not realize ATVXpress was doing this until the other day when I saw Ken's photos. Ken is happy to have them, and they are fine from a strength point of view.

ATVXpress had asked me if I was interested in them on my last fork order, but I declined because of the added weight and confusion about the angle of the forks hanging on the differing thickness rails. Now I see how they accommodate the differences with Ken's latest pictures. Thanks Ken.

For those ordering from ATVXpress (aka SkidSteerExpress.com), consider whether you wish to insist on the 1/2" thick rails or if you have no preference.

If this continues, I plan to explore getting the rails made myself to remove any question.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:37 AM   post #109 of 137
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I read all of the thread and very nice product, unfortunately I don’t have a 2305 but I admire your work of art.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:21 AM   post #110 of 137
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for all your (collectively) hard work, you are more than welcomed!!

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Old 08-23-2010, 12:05 PM   post #111 of 137
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Well ... I got about 180lbs of pallet fork pieces laying on the ground under the hundred year old oak tree in the front yard at the farm.

I just don't know about this ... it looks mummified; what, NO assembly instructions!

More to come ....

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Old 08-23-2010, 12:29 PM   post #112 of 137
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Yes, Joe, I apologize for my desire to have your frame arrive in the best condition I possibly can!

In your case, once you cut away the outer plastic layer, the rest of it will come right off. If you use a razor knife anywhere along the way, just be sure to make your slice on the side of the fork rail, since that area isn't painted. You won't hurt much there. This would be the side OPPOSITE of the side with the pins sticking up. Instead, I'd recommend a pair of scissors or maybe a small pair of shears.

As for assembly instructions for the fully painted set, well, I guess I could make a 20 second video... though I can't tell for sure if you are joking or not. If not, please clarify what is missing and I'll be sure to get you whatever you need.
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NO assembly instructions!
I have taken the liberty of writing detailed assembly instructions for the fully-welded and painted forks. I have attached them below...

Step 1: Slide a fork onto the left side of the mounting rail, engaging fork brackets with both top and bottom rails. Position fork to desired notch and engage locking pin.

Step 2: Repeat Step 1 with remaining fork on right side of mounting rail.

Step 3: Step back and admire your work.

Step 4: Mount on loader and go pick some stuff up.

Step 5: Grin broadly.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until face hurts.

Step 7: Take some pictures and upload to MTF.

Hope this helps!
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As for assembly instructions for the fully painted set, well, I guess I could make a 20 second video... though I can't tell for sure if you are joking or not. If not, please clarify what is missing and I'll be sure to get you whatever you need.
I have everything I think ....

It was a joke ... thanks to ttolhurst for the "Assembly Instructions"!!

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Old 08-23-2010, 01:49 PM   post #115 of 137
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Oh, Whew! You had me scared there.

One minor correction to the much appreciated and entertaining instructions from The Great Mr. TT; the forks are meant to be hung from the middle of the frame and then slid outward from there. That's the purpose of that notch in the bottom rail.

You can still slide them in from the outside too, though. The middle might be just a little easier.
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It figures that I would have done it the hard way...

I'm pretty sure I nailed the grinning part, though!
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:37 PM   post #117 of 137
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It figures that I would have done it the hard way...

I'm pretty sure I nailed the grinning part, though!
Nope, this is my fault. I should have showed these kinds of things to you while I had the chance. It's funny how some things can seem totally obvious to one person and foreign to the next.

Another thing I just noticed in re-reading TT's much appreciated instructions, is that I find it easier to put the forks on after mounting the frame to the loader. Just lift the mounted frame up to waist height, pick up a fork (bending at the knees, not the back) and hang it on the middle of the frame.

I have also stood the forks up next to each other on flat ground and driven up behind them with the frame mounted to the loader and tilted over a bit. Just scoop the forks up (very carefully), lifting them up, and straighten the frame back up enough so that the forks settle onto the frame, and then get off and slide the forks out and into place so the pins fall into a notch.

Oh, and if you tilt the frame downward about 20 degrees when adjusting the forks, they will slide along like butter.

I've been meaning to mention this stuff...
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I have also stood the forks up next to each other on flat ground and driven up behind them with the frame mounted to the loader and tilted over a bit. Just scoop the forks up (very carefully), lifting them up, and straighten the frame back up enough so that the forks settle onto the frame, and then get off and slide the forks out and into place so the pins fall into a notch.
I like that trick! So far, I've just left the forks mounted on the frame, but I'm going to file that trick away for later.

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Oh, and if you tilt the frame downward about 20 degrees when adjusting the forks, they will slide along like butter.
Nice. I'll try that one, too.
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Yes, my forks almost never come off of the frame either but they have a couple of times and when I get the chance to design some other things to attach to the frame, they will probably be coming off more often.

For example, several people have asked about a 3pt hitch adapter for the frame (an adapter to mount 3pt hitch attachments to the fork frame). I had already been thinking along those lines because I want to put my landscape rake on my loader. I could get SO much more out of it if I could use it up front instead of out in back.
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It was a joke ... thanks to ttolhurst for the "Assembly Instructions"!!

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Thanks for the phone call, thoroughly enjoyed it!

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John Deere 4005 MFWD
300CX w/61" bucket
John Deere Z510A w/48" 7-Iron deck
John Deere Z920A w/48" 7-Iron MOD deck
John Deere JS46 Walk Behind 22" mower
John Deere 54C Mower (2305)
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John Deere PHD300 Post Hole Digger w/stand
John Deere PHA109 Post Hole Auger 9"
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Agrex XA500 Spreader

Artillian Pallet Forks
Bush Hog SBX72 Box Blade
ECHO Bear Cat 5540 Chipper/Shredder w/optional blower, chute and cap
Fred Cain S-2 Subsoiler
Frontier LP1184 Land Plane
Home-made "Peanut Weeder"
Husqvarna 7021F Walk Behind 21" mower
International Harvester 309A Moldboard Plow 3-16
Leinbach 81-16 Moldboard Plow 1-16
Leinbach GB48 Garden Bedder
Leinbach RR-8 Landscape Rake
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