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Hydraulics very strong... attachment not.

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03-08-2001 18:25:43

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it seems, the 3pt lift on my tractor ('59 641) is a lot stronger than i thought.

i was using a 3pt carryall as a fork type lift to lift tree trunks up to a good height to cut into logs. must have not had the weight equally distributed. hydraulics came up, tires took some load, all seemed ok, but the carryall stayed put. pulled away, and had bent one leg of the carryall down about 6" - 8" and creased one of it's vertical angles. newer carryall too, fairly heavy angle construction.

not the brightest thing i've ever done. guess if i can get it bent back, i'll add some stiffeners and use it for actually carrying things.

for what it's worth. figured i would post this and save some other poor fool.


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Jerry D in NC

03-09-2001 05:18:24

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 Re: hydraulics very strong... attachment not. in reply to ike, 03-08-2001 18:25:43  
Probably more of an issue with the steel quality than size. Some of the imported steel that these cheaper carry-all's (and many other implements) are made out of is weak, very weak. I work by myself most of the time and the tractor IS my hired hand. I finally wound up building a set of forks out of some good angle and channel and have yet to bend that. Unless you have a loader on the front of the 641 (Which I doubt since you are using the carry-all) a good set of forks built from REAL steel will pick the front end of the tractor off the ground. Remember these little tractors are tools and if used carefully can save you alot of time and effort. As for a heavier carry-all, keep your eyes open at the tractor junk yards and you will see one in the deep weeds that don't look so pretty but is twice the tool that the one with paint is!!

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