Anyone On Here Buy This...
Posted April 21, 2012 - 09:23 PM
If so, I'd like to know how you like it. I was considering building something similar, using tractor front hydraulics.
Posted April 21, 2012 - 09:33 PM
Posted April 21, 2012 - 10:09 PM
Posted April 21, 2012 - 11:33 PM
Posted April 22, 2012 - 06:02 AM
That was one question I had. Another was why such a long distance between the front of the tractor and the bucket. I think this distance should be as short as possible to minimize the weight transfer off the rear wheels.
The geometry of the loader is very important and the front wheels to bucket distance does look long on that loader. I agree it should be as close as possible but one advantage to having it way out there like that is that it will allow you a lot of over travel. In other words you can lower the bucket further below ground level. This can be handy for digging. One example of this is the JD 200cx loader that fits both the 2x20 series and the 2305. On my 2320 this loader sits much tighter to the front wheels when the bucket is on the ground . The 2305 bucket can go something like 9" below grade where the same loader on the 2320 is 3 or 4 inches. I think the loader is about 6" further from the wheels on a 2305. It's also lighter, narrower and has a wheelbase at least 6" shorter. This IMO makes it less stable when carrying a load than the larger tractor. The assumption that most people make is that the 2305 should be more stable because it is lower. There is a lot more at play than centre of gravity when dealing with loaders and your sharp eyes have zeroed in on one of the factors. For the new 2305 replacement tractor JD designed an entirely new loader and one look at it shows that it fits in much tighter to the wheels then the 200cx did.