Still in the planning process, haven't actually started the build yet. Trying to do the research and collect everything I need for it first, as well don't want to start it until I solve my planter problem for spring in case I need the garage to rebuild a planter first.Mike,
How’s the work going? I built a loader and backhoe following the Cadplans. The plans were pretty good so I followed them and only made a few minor changes. Been using loader for two years now and the backhoe just under a year. Happy to talk about any details.
Yeah, I'm kinda looking at all options at the moment to see which one best suits the set up when the time comes. I pulled the G1700 up to the garage today along with the Massey frame/rear end and took some extra shielding off the G1700. Ends up the diesel in it has a double pully at the front of the tractor (guess the back of the engine since the rad is in front of the dash). It runs a shaft drive through the front axle pivot to a PTO shaft to a mower gearbox. But at the end of the double pulley, it is a splined shaft to run a front mount snow blower I'm guessing? So I'm thinking I might be able to run it off that splined shaft hooked up with a Lovejoy coupler? I truthfully don't know how the hydro unit is driven on this thing. I need to get the deck off it and some more shields to investigate. I can't imagine it is driven hydraulically like the Case tractors were.My DanCo pump runs off the pulley that's already on the rear of the crankshaft.
Check into that option as well.
How thick of steel did you use for loader arms, assuming 1/4" wall?2nd post
Q-Did you find if you had the traction and weight in the back end you could move topsoil and scrape ice off driveway easily with it?
A-yes you need weight. I have loaded tires and cast iron wheel weights. Without any weight the rear tires spin very easily. I made a large concrete block which i put on my rear 3pt hitch (just under 200 lbs). This seems to be perfect weight. The bucket can have good down pressure (front not too light) and the rear wheels have good tract
Q- What kind of reach can you get out of that design? Can you dump stuff in to a regular tandem dump trailer with 2x8 extensions?
A- I can dump into a pickup truck but the front of the tractor gets very close to the side of the truck. Remember the more you push the bucket out the more weight you will need on the back end.
Q- Do I stick with 26" rears and 18" fronts? Do I switch and see if I can get a 28" or 30" rear tire? Is there any advantage other than ground clearance?
A- in my opinion don’t go to larger tires. Using the loader puts a lot of pressure on the driveline. The larger tire will increase that pressure. As for ground clearance this is still a 2wd garden tractor so in my mind more ground clearance is not needed.
A- I am running lawn tires with 2 link v bar chains and they seem to work well.
A-I put my hydraulic loader valve on the opposite side of the tractor to the tractor speed control lever.