Why not just rent a suitable forklift?
I might do that, is the sensible thing.
But the killer is my experience with truckers, when the say they may be here, at times turns out to be different! Not good if it goes past the rental period of the lift!
Plus I think it would make for a cool video to see it in action!
Using more counter weight won't increase lifting ability. The relief valve will trip if weight is excessive, which will happen before machine tips unless machine is on a downgrade in which case it can tip forward before relief valve opens. The 951 has it's hydraulic pump mounted directly to the engine unlike the larger crawler loaders that have their pump mounted to the converter where engine RPM's have less effect on the machines ability to lift under low RPM conditions.
One thing to keep in mind is that the rated operating capacity of a trackloader is 50% of the static tipping load, and the rated capacity of a wheel loader is 75% of the full turn static tipping load.
With that in mind, the rated capacity for the 951, with the 18,867 tipping load, would be 9,433#. The rated capacity should be listed in the Cat performance handbook, but all of mine are packed up at the moment, or I would confirm this.
Thanks guys good info!
Ended up I hired someone to come in with a forklift to get 'er done...I think it was good move...still, I think for smaller loads within the 951's capacity, the pallet forks would be awfully handy!