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Posted April 08, 2012 - 04:43 PM

Ive got the battery behind the grill. Its tight but it works well. Id like to get this 20hp on soon so everything will change. Its a good driving tractor but under powered when i have the yard vac full of wet grass.

I bet a motor cycle battery would fit under the seat as well. I may check into them when money allows.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 08:27 PM

The battery isnt working behind the hood and I dont like the idea of putting a motorcycle battery under the seat. I was thinking back and my 2 most successful plow days ive had were with a hydro. I think Im going to put a hydro in this and see how it goes. I've got the one out of a 520H. I pulled the chassis in the shop. This thing is heavy. A whole lot heavier than the old B80 hydro I had. I really like the idea of hydraulics as well. I guess we will see how it goes over the next couple weeks.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 08:45 PM

Been wondering where you've been David! Get that thing together before October 27th so you can come down to plow!

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 09:01 PM

I love the heavy hydrostatic units. I think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages on a good setup. All that said, I am very partial to the Sears gear drive I have. It's my go-to tractor for anything fun.

Except the chain drag at the GT games... That takes a hydro.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 09:07 PM

...Except the chain drag at the GT games... That takes a hydro.


Barely though! :bigrofl: Ten lousy seconds! (J/K buddy! I knew you'd have the upper hand and enjoyed the competition immensely!)
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Posted July 29, 2012 - 09:19 PM

Just got done reading this topic for the first time. I think switching to a hydro was a good idea. Be sure to keep us updated on your progress!

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 08:28 PM

A picture of the tractor before the tear down. Its pretty self explanatory and I didn't run into any issues. The rear was made for a 20hp so I wonder how under powered it will be with the 12hp?

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 08:36 PM

The hydro will do fine with the 12hp David. It'll do just as good putting the 12hp to work as it did the 20hp. Both engines run the same speed, so you'll just have 8hp less getting to the ground is all.

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 08:39 PM

What to do about the rear trunk? A option would just be to cut the rear off. This option would leave me no seat mount so I would have to fab something. Option B would be to cut it off at the seam. I may do this and try to fill the area with the parts from the 520H.

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 08:41 PM

But will that 8hp be noticeable? That reminds me I need to find the drive pulley size for the hydro. They are different between the H and the gear drive.

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 08:50 PM

Of course the 8hp will be noticed, just as getting off a 12hp tractor plowing then plowing with a 20hp tractor. But the hydro won't rob any extra hp from the K301 than it did from the 20hp Onan as far as power lost just to run the hydro. Belts rob HP also, due to friction losses.

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 08:52 PM

Hard to say without a good close up look how best to do the hydro to frame.

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 09:45 PM

If you have any newer horses, you'd notice that the transaxle on them is mounted to the rear of the angle iron frame. I think that option "B" above would mount right up. Like you mentioned though, you'd need to garner the rest of the rear of a newer one for the seat mount or fabricate your own.

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Posted August 01, 2012 - 01:17 AM

just a thought to throw into the mix,build a bracket and battery box to hang off the front ahead of the grill that resembles a cast iron weight stack like ive seen on the big boy tractors.it would look natural,allow a best bang for the buck auto battery ,free up the space and logistic problem and put the weight up front where you need it if you are using mostly rear mounted equipment.

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 10:04 PM

I don't like the battery box in front of the tractor. I will be moving it under or beside the seat. The last day or so ive been messing with the body panels. I think ive come up with a mix match of parts that work without excessive modification. hopefully ill get it driving Tuesday. I want to be sure the hydro works before I cut the dash tower. Hopefully I can get the belt and the right size drive pulley tomorrow.

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