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Forklift Buckets

Discussion in 'Forklifts/Telehandlers' started by aerolift, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. aerolift

    aerolift Well-Known Member

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    Anybody have blueprints or schematics for a "quick-tatch" 96" skytrak bucket?
    Any 96" bucket would help. I'll fab up the "quick-tatch" faceplate.
     
  2. icestationzebra

    icestationzebra Senior Member

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    If you can make the QA plate then the rest should be easy. Copy the side profile of your favorite bucket. You don't need a heavy cutting edge. Just make sure you have enough rollback with the bucket on the ground and that it doesn't hit the gooseneck.

    The only tricky part with the QA is getting the pin hole at the right height, otherwise the pin will be a bear to get out. (That's what happens to used carriages and why JLG shouldn't have standardized on the Sky Trak design IMHO.)

    ISZ
     
  3. aerolift

    aerolift Well-Known Member

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    ISZ, Thanks for the feedback....my welder is planning on having the bucket made of rolled steel plate, reinforcing the top plate, cutting out and deep welding the sides and we can add a replaceable cutting edge. Anything to add??
     
  4. Speedpup

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    might have some pictures of a 8' Lull bucket on my 1044B
     
  5. icestationzebra

    icestationzebra Senior Member

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    The profile really comes down to what the primary use will be. I don't recommend doing much dirt/snow work as you can damage the gooseneck, so you shouldn't have to reinforce the inside. Personally I like to have a grab hook welded to each upper corner. They come in handy when trying to tie them down to a trailer or for lifting loads without having to change attachments.

    One warning though. If you have an OSHA inspection you may get written up. First, all attachments are supposed to be approved by the forklift manufacturer. The inspectors usually get excited when they find a pair of fork extensions laying around or nylon straps hung off of forks/fork carriages. :rolleyes: And if the attachment is "approved" then there should be an alternate rating marked on the truck data plate. Honestly I think this is something that users rarely do, but inspectors like to gig people/companies on.

    And second, the attachment should be permanently marked with:
    - manufacturer: name and address
    - model and serial number
    - year of manufacture
    - wight of attachment
    - distance of the center of gravity when unladen (as measured from the QA pivot)
    - capacity of attachment
    - max hydraulic pressure (if equipped with any hydraulic equipment)
    - the following warning - "attachment combination, and the forks, if part of this attachment, may be less than capacity shown on attachment. Refer to load capacity chart for the truck with this attachment, and individual load ratings stamped on forks, if they are required."
    - marked that it "complies with ANSI/ITSDF B56.6"

    By the way, I have heard stories of "unapproved attachments" disappearing from the scene of an accident. The poor widow and lawyer then have few options but to try and sue the OEM.

    ISZ
     
  6. Speedpup

    Speedpup Senior Member

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    100% right on all that and the fines are not cheap. Have an accident and you will find the true cost of it. Even Star (company) Attachments are really illegal as they are not approved by the manufacturer. When I see forklifts for sale on Ebay and see the work platforms that have been made I cringe. I bought my used bucket OEM Lull for 900 I doubt I could buy much more than the steel for one with 900.
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011
  7. Reel hip

    Reel hip Well-Known Member

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    X2 I had a bucket that I made so the forks could slide in and then we mounted it with a chain set up for our JCB 530. This set up worked grate until OSHA showed up on the job. $2,000 fine later I don't use it.
     
  8. Nac

    Nac Senior Member

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    I be intrested too would love to have a jib for my 1044B