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Fold Up Bale Forks
After reading many great farmer ideas in FARM SHOW, I decided to send in one that has worked out for us. My fold-up bale forks mount on the tractor 3-pt. The forks attach to apiece of 1 1/2-in. dia. steel shaft that runs across my 3-pt. quick hitch. A heavy piece of 36-in. long 3 by 3-in. angle iron, 1/2-in. thick, is welded in place 4 in. from either end of the shaft (the shaft runs through the angle iron) and two teeth from a manure bucket mount at the end of each piece of angle iron.
The forkstip up when not in use, reducing the danger from those extended teeth when you're not handling bales and making storage easier. A lock on the quick hitch holds them up and lets you drop the forks back down in seconds when needed.
We've used this design on three tractors for six years with no problems. (Charles E.
Bonnett, Clay Ridge Farm, 11447 Bonnett Road, Levering, Mich. 49755)

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3