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Moving trench plates

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by toomuchtime, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. toomuchtime

    toomuchtime LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 267

    Ive found myself working on the street more and more lately. I use the skidsteer now with the bucket or pallet forks depending on how many im dealing with but it seems like there should be a easier way. Has any body seen a attachment made or have any tricks for moving trench plates quickly and efficiently? There 4x8's most of the time.
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    There should be a center square hole with a lifting point. A special type of lifting eye is supposed to be supplied with the plates. That lifting point is designed to be used when the plates are on the road with out having to lift it up first.
  3. toomuchtime

    toomuchtime LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 267

    Yeah I have a chain with a lifting eye but in some cases were moving 500-600 ft of trench line half a city block. Chain and eye takes some time seems like therewould be a better way. Looking for something that holds the plates tight when up in the air in order to get some speed out of the skidsteer.
  4. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    How about a trailer behind the skid steer?
  5. toomuchtime

    toomuchtime LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've pondered that to but most of the time I'm in high traffic situations and just wouldn't have the space for a trailer.
    More so looking for some type of skidsteer attachment I just don't think it exists but im not sure .
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    The oil feild industry uses forks that grab the drill pipes and they have a hydraulic clamp on top. Might want to look into something like that, but smaller.
  7. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,514

    Maybe some kind of grapple work, for instance a scrap or brush grapple to hold them tight during transport.
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    What about hydro forks pushing outward. Idk how much force they have Ron knows I'm sure
  9. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
    Posts: 214

    I have seen a few sets of forks that have a thumb in between the two forks do clamp down. That may work. Mot sure of price though
  10. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,551

    What about building some kind of crate or pallet with sides you could set them in and out of with the skid steer?

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