Simple hitch plate for forklift. Great for moving trailers. Also nice for lifting them up high for working on axles, wiring, or even loading without ramps.
Made from 6x2x3/8 rectangle tubing to slide on the forks and have welded 5/8” nuts for 5/8 bolts for set screws to lock hitch plate to fork tubes. These are connected with 8” channel. To the bottom side of the channel is 2.5”x3/16” square tubing for receiver tube. Also welded to the bottom side are 2 D rings for either safety chains or general lifting. On the back side of the channel, I welded about 3’ of ¼” chain with a hook on the end to secure hitch plate to the forklift to prevent it from sliding off while pulling trailer.
I opted for the receiver tube over welding balls to the top of the hitch plate. I have several ball mounts but the triball is really ideal for the tractor. I can move everything from small trailers to gooseneck trailers. I wanted to keep the top side of the channel flat for future expansion of a 5th wheel hitch.