Ken’s Bolt On Hooks

As soon as you get a utility tractor you realize that many projects which were difficult before are now easy, and projects which were totally impossible before are now even enjoyable.

Then, you realize that a few accessories and modifications would make your tractor even more useful.  Questions you might be having:

  • I know that some accessories would help, but I’m not sure exactly what I need?
  • Where can I get accessories which are specifically designed and sized for my tractor?
  • Can I install the necessary accessories myself, or do I have to pay an expert to do it?

Over the next few articles, we’ll evaluate some of Ken’s most popular products, showing how they can be used to make your tractor tasks easier.

Of course, the first product we need to consider is the “Bolt On Hook”.   This is the product which got it all started for Ken.

While the Bucket on the front-end loader is quite versatile, there are certain situations for which it is not perfectly suited.   For instance, it is hard to pick up something which won’t sit in the bucket.

For these situations, farmers have welded hooks to their loader buckets for many years.     They will purchase a hook much like these: Ken’s Weld On Hooks

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Then, they simply weld them directly to the bucket.

For most sub-compact utility tractor owners, this is not feasible for a couple of reasons.  First, we are not typically equipped with the tools or skills to do the welding. Second, the buckets on our loaders are too thin/weak to handle a direct-welded hook.

Ken’s bolt on hook products solve both of these issues.  The hooks require only a drill and 1/2 inch metal cutting bit to install.   This might still be somewhat intimidating to new tractor owners, but it is a relatively easy process.

Additionally, Ken’s hook has a built in plate on the hook side, and a couple of options for ‘backing plates’ which solve the strength issue of these light weight buckets.

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Ken provides an excellent video showing how to install the hooks…

The hooks open up many new possibilities for using your loader bucket.  You can carry large objects, either IN the bucket, or hanging from the bucket.

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This is by far the biggest bang for the buck you can add to your front end loader.   For less than $100 including shipping, you add much more flexibility to your loader.   Once you get the hooks, you’ll find yourself using them to solve even challenges on your property, and make even more projects “fun”.

So, I would recommend that you make the Bolt On Hooks one of your first accessory purchases for your new compact utility tractor.

Get the hooks and many other accessories at


  1. I bought the hooks for the loader and the backhoe fro my 1025R. They are excellent and I use them all the time. Also got the HD springs for me (I am slim and trim and buff..Not!). Really the ride was difficult bottoming out on the “rough” side of the yard and these springs did the trick.

  2. Just bought the steps for the back hoe based on your video. Nice job!

  3. Randall Hazzard

    I have a set on the top of my bucket and D Hooks inside the bucket. I also have the same double set on the frame for my forks. The hooks I painted JD green and the Ds are painted yellow so when I drop the pin in the grass, I will be able to find it. Well made. Quality hardware. Fast shipping. I use them more then I thought I would. A must add to your lifting attachments.

  4. I am looking at getting some hooks for my bucket but I’m concerned that the inside rind will get mashed up to much to use after using the loader in the dirt and rock. Tim I know you have had them for a while now how are they holding up

    • The inside top edge of the bucket doesn’t get much abuse. This is not something to be concerned about. Now, if they were on the bottom, that would be a different story.
      You’ll love Ken’s bolt on hooks. Easy to install, and they add nice versatility to the bucket. Be sure to tell him I sent you!

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