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Selection Guidelines
for CTI Skid Steer Forks

All CTI Skid Steer Forks utilize Class II industrial forged fork tines and are built with a 3-to-1 safety factor in both the frame and tines. When you choose CTI skid steer forks, you are choosing the strongest available skid steer forks.

Remember, skid steer loaders see more abuse than any other type of construction equipment, so plan accordingly when choosing fork attachments. Buy lighter forks only for small machines and light duty jobs, and always buy larger forks and stouter frames for bigger machines and heavier jobs.

Larger forks and a stouter, heavier frame will give you better, longer wear under almost any conditions. Yes, bigger forks cost more (they are more expensive to make, after all), but there will be fewer repairs and less downtime if the forks are well matched to the machine and the job.

To select the right model for your application, use the criteria below.

Does your skid steer have a universal coupler?

  • YES - CTI has 6 models to suit your needs.
  • NO - Contact your machine's manufacturer for coupler upgrade options.

Do you prefer rail- or rod-mounted forks?

RAIL-MOUNTED forks are the style familiar to many people. Rail forks come with a latch on the top of the tines and a top rail with notches for the tines to slide on. Rail forks are great for very repetitious loads like pallets of bagged material or a truckload of trees that are all exactly the same size.

Although rail forks do not offer as much flexibility as rod forks when it comes to adjusting the tines according to the variations in differing loads, the rail forks work very well in many applications and are less expensive than comparable rod-mounted forks.

ROD-MOUNTED forks have a smooth, solid steel rod instead of a notched rail. If loads are variable in size, rod forks can be adjusted to any point on the rod to accommodate the load. Rod forks are easier to adjust (no lifting) and the tines themselves are taller than rail tines, so they can always sit flat on the ground and allow for easier rollback.

Set-screws instead of latches in the rod holders fix the forks in place when needed. NOTE: CTI Rod Forks have bottom hooks on the tines so they will not swing outward when the fork frame is tilted forward to unload.

What is your fork application?

Evaluate your machine and types of work projects to choose the appropriate forks.


For smaller machines and lighter loads (not extreme applications), choose Model 330 Rail or Model 530 Rod forks. The following work projects are examples of light loads:

  • Light landscaping - transporting pallets of sod, small trees and shrubs, sprinkler system materials, and lightweight fencing.
  • General Construction - unloading and moving pallets of construction materials
  • Site cleanup - moving trash bins and scrap


For medium sized machines in heavier applications (not extreme applications), choose Model 545 Rod forks or Model 345 Rail forks. The following loads are examples of heavier applications:

  • Landscaping - transporting of trees over rough terrain, small decorative rocks.
  • Pipe loads - palletized or un-palletized plastic and corrugated pipe.
  • Fencing - rolls of chain link and pallets of lumber.


For large machines and/or extreme applications, choose Model 550 Rod or Model 560 Rod forks. The following types of loads demand a Series 550 or Series 560:

  • Heavy Landscaping - transporting of large trees and decorative boulders
  • Rock and masonry - palletized loads of rocks and masonry block or stone
  • Concrete - large diameter concrete pipe and concrete barriers for highways and retaining walls

There are many more applications for skid steer forks than we can list here. Feel free to contact us to discuss your application and our recommendations.