Compact Equipment

OCT 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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of gravity. As with any attachment, prior to use read the operator's manuals for the vehicle and the pallet forks and perform whatever maintenance the manual recommends. For pallet forks, that will include pre-use inspection for damage, worn parts or cracked welds, replacing damaged safety signs, checking that all fasteners are secure and, if a hydraulic grapple is included, checking the hydraulic com- ponentry for leaks or wear. Ensure positive latching of forks and grapple onto the fork frame, and also ensure the fork frame's quick-attach is firmly attached onto the vehicle. Never carry a load with the weight concentrated on just one fork tine. Always spread the load evenly between tines to prevent slippage of the load or damage to a fork tine. Finally, never use fork tines to grub rocks, stumps or roots. There are much more effective and safer attachments for these purposes. Maximize Your Research So, you have evaluated your needs, studied the benefits, become aware of your responsibilities, consulted with a qualified equipment dealer and you've finally decided to buy your pallet or grapple fork system. What should you look for? First, it can be difficult to tell a low-quality pal- let fork setup from an excellent one, and your dealer can advise on that point, but some things to look for include a higher lifting capacity, a more functional design includ- ing adjustable tine width and ability to attach accessories, a good warranty and baseline capabilities that meet or exceed your job requirements. If you are simultaneously shopping for a host vehicle, pallet forks are a good item to include with that purchase because your dealer can usually pair the vehicle and attach- ments for a better price. Your dealer may have a brand or brands of pallet forks that they prefer, and dealers usually have good reasons for those preferences. Ask them what those reasons are, reflecting on your needs. Lots of shops offer pallet forks with a solid reputation for quality and ser- vice. If you do your homework, the logical choice will be- come clear fairly quickly. Shane Kincaid is a customer service representative for Danuser. 22 Compact Equipment OCTOBER 2018 AT T A C H M E N T C E N T R A L FAE is a leading provider of land management equipment solutions and construction equipment, as well as state of the art brush-cutting attachments. Its new UML/SSL VT-BT (Bite Limiter) is a high-flow skid steer and track loader mulcher. It is available in 63- to 72-in. cutting width, and it is capable of cutting brush and trees up to 8 in. in diameter. Here are some of the cool features: 110-cc VT (variable torque motor) for maximum production; FAE Bite Limiter rotor system; fixed front deflector; poly-chain belt drive; Hardox counter blades for excellent material sizing; pressure gauge; heavy-duty push frame with guide pins and four-position adjustment; adjustable skids; bolt-on rotor shafts; hinged service panels that allow for easy service; and a two-year warranty. For more info, visit FAE HEAVY-DUTY SKID STEER/TRACK LOADER FORESTRY MULCHER COOL TOOL MONTH OF THE Keep forks low to the ground when transporting for better visibility and a lower center of gravity.

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