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How to Connect a Skid Steer to Pallet Forks Attachment

27 July 2021

Skid Steer loaders are one of the most versatile machines you can use on any residential or commercial earthmoving project. They have more than enough power to deal with any project requirements you have. Combine this machine with a set of pallet forks and you’ve got yourself a skid steer that can handle a multitude of duties including:

Picking up/moving concrete slabs

Move & haul logs

Move & install fences

Clearing brush

Moving round bales

Putting up hay

Roofing - anytime you need to get material somewhere high


Now you may be thinking, ‘Well that’s great and all, but how do I attach the pallet forks attachment to my skid steer?” 

Now you may be thinking, ‘Well that’s great and all, but how do I attach the GP Bucket to my skid steer?”


Our video on our YouTube channel demonstrates exactly how to connect and disconnect a  set of pallet forks from your skid steer if you're a more visual person. 

Connecting a Skid Steer to Pallet Fork Attachments

In this blog, we will be stepping you through how to attach Pallet Forks safely and effectively in order to complete your project.

  1. Lay the pallet forks on a flat surface, making sure the backing plate is facing opposite you.
  2. Get in the skid steer and line up the machine with the backing plate of the pallet forks.
  3. Once the backing plate is lined up, move the boom upwards which will allow the pallet forks backplate to connect to the skid steer.
  4. Once the pallet forks are connected, you’ll then need to lift up the roll bar and connect the locking pins which are two levers on either side of the pallet forks (these locking pins will keep the pallet forks attached to the skid steer).
  5. Once these levers are pushed down, lower the pallet forksonto the surface below.
  6. Once all these steps are completed, you’re ready to take on your project.

Disconnecting a Skid Steer from Pallet Fork Attachments

Now once you complete your project, you may need to take this bucket off to use another attachment. These steps will be explained below:


  1. Start by first lowering the pallet forks onto a flat surface.
  2. Lift up the two levers on either side of the pallet forks, releasing the locking pins. This will allow the pallet forks to be easily taken off the skid steer.
  3. When all these steps have been completed, drive the skid steer out slowly to disconnect the pallet forks from the machine.


The steps above relate to most models of skid steers and pallet forks but depending on the size of your skid steer and the pallet fork's size, there may be a few more steps required.


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