The Ai2 Products Kubota BX Attachments Gen3 SSQA Pallet forks were designed specifically for the lift capacity of the Gen 3 80-series Kubota BX tractors with the BX2410 SSQA hitch. The BX tractors have a lift capacity of around 400 to 600 lbs depending on the model you have so you have to be extremely weight-conscious with every BX attachment. The Ai2 Products Kubota BX Attachments Gen3 SSQA Pallet Forks are no exception to this rule and have been improved to increase the strength of the fork carriage but also making it lighter at the same time. The new BX 2410 SSQA hitch is a 100 lb beast and 44″ wide. So the carriage for the 80-series tractors that use the SSQA had to be widened out 10″ to accommodate the width of the hitch.
The carriage of the Kubota BX Attachments Gen3 SSQA Pallet Forks is constructed of .25” A36 plate and is designed using the tab slot construction tying every part to the next part giving it an extremely durable design. The 2” torque has also been integrated into the carriage to give it a more streamlined look and finish. Plus narrow up the profile of the carriage! The backstop tube is at the same height as before but we’ve gone to the 2” round tube at the top which flows nicely with the torque tube and gives the carriage added torsional strength. The carriage is painted with a durable powder coat finish in Kubota orange.
We see a lot of dealers out there selling their customers actual skid loader pallet forks to use on the new 80-series tractors. The skid loader forks do work and they are fairly inexpensive due to the fact that there are literally hundreds of manufactures building these units. But the weight is the big killer for use on the 80-series BX tractors. They run from about 250 – 300 lbs in most cases depending on the weight rating of the pallet forks, when you add a 100 lb hitch to that your sitting at the 350-400 lbs range leaving you only a couple hundred pounds of lift capacity left to actually work with. So not the best option for the 80-series BX tractors. So definitely something you have to think about when shopping around for Pallet forks for your machine.
Our Ai2 products Kubota BX Attachments Gen3 Pallet Forks pallet fork is still your best option over the clip-on bucket forks for moving pallets of material around the farm or moving logs out of the woods or just plain saving your back from lifting bulky objects. The clip-on bucket forks do work to some extent and will get some of the job done. But their design is inherently poor due to the fact that all of your weight will be out in front of the bucket cutting edge which will reduce the lift capacity significantly depending on the design. Plus this will also end up damaging the bottom of the bucket shell where all the weight is carried. The clip-on bucket forks place your weight about 20” further ahead of where our forks put the weight. So for the serious person that will use the forks at lot the Ai2 Products Kubota BX Attachments Gen3 SSQA pallet forks, will be a great investment.
Also for those who bought an 80-series tractor with the pin-on bucket, we also have our Ai2 Products 2.8HD Gen3 Quick Attach !!