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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted September 16, 2012 - 11:30 AM

OK, Here's the "scoop".
I have been noodling the idea of building a FEL for one of my tractors. Managed to get my hands on some 2.5" and 3" heavy wall square tubing (It's rough, but IDC)

I also have a mishmash of this that and the next to go thru to figure out what else I need to buy for hydraulics. This is not a build thread.

I am asking, given the following choices, what tractor you'd build it for. Keep in mind usefulness and that it'll be more of a worker than anything else.

My SS12. I use this for almost everything, and having to pull the loader off all the time might be a PITA
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My Rescue SS10. It needs a little engine work before I put it under load, but it's an option.
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My Scrap Massey. I am planning on a full-on restore for this girl, she deserves it. I would have to make it very easy to remove completely and protective of any restoration work I do.
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My MF12 G. This was my Uncle's Tractor at one time & he painted it all red. It has the blade on it now, but that comes off pretty easy.
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MF10. This tractor I bought with the tiller. I am toying with giving this tiller to Ryan, leaving the tractor without an implement
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My GT6000. I really don't do a ton with this tractor. I don't have anything to go on it except the Mower Deck.
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One upside to building for the Suburban Series is; if I find a ss16 someday that I can afford, I could move it right onto that.

An upside to building for the GT6000 is that I can use the electric clutch to turn on & off the hydraulic pump when not needed, but I'd require a mule drive to get the belt horizontal.

any other up or down sides? I know these aren't big tractors, and they all have the 3/4" spindles (Probably requiring upgrade for a FEL). What say you all?
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 11:55 AM

It's funny, but I am familiar all of the basic tractors you have. If I had to choose one to build a loader for, I would use the GT6000 if you think the frame can handle it. There are plenty still around that seem inexpensive on Craigslist. You don't use it for anything much you said, so it would be a good subject.

Just my two cents worth.
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 12:00 PM

I would worry about the 6000 being able to handle the FEL with any weight. The SS12 would be my choice.
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 12:02 PM

You could put it onto a PK! LOL! If I had to choose one of your tractors to put it onto, I think I would put it onto one of the masseys, the hydrostat would make FEL work a lot easier. IMO.
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 12:03 PM

From what I've heard, your first choice should be the one with the foot controlled hydro :rofl: Beyond that, I'd say more power is better, so 12 hp and above should be the next criteria. Ease of front axle modification would probably come next. Then make sure you can build a sub frame that will attach rigidly to the rear axle.
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 03:09 PM

Go with the scrap Massey. Tough frame, and the front axle beam can be reamed for 1" axles. Not enough meat to bush, but keep greased & it'll be fine. You can use JD spindles. Alter the hand control to foot pedal. Foot controlled hydro is the hot ticket for a FEL. The 6000's steering & frame won't handle the duties well. Besides, the MF "scrapper" has to be gone through anyway, so a perfect clean slate to start.
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 03:37 PM

The 6000 apeals to me. While I agree with Daniel, I have had doubts abot the frame being stout enough.
I have seen several video's on You Tube with loaders built on the 6000 and am impressed with the set up.
here is one link.

Edited by JD DANNELS, September 16, 2012 - 03:53 PM.

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Posted September 16, 2012 - 04:33 PM

I also was impressed with the FEL's I've seen on the Craftsman GT's, and would like to have done the same with my Hulk II, but I would lean towards the Massy, if it has a stronger frame, and more importantly bearing in the front wheels. The Craftsman Front end uses bushings.
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 05:11 PM

Given the options, I'd go with the scrap Massey or the 12G. The SS12 has enough on it's plate and the other 2 are 12 H.P. which is the biggest you have to work with. On the other hand, if you're serious about acquiring an SS16 eventually, then maybe build it for the SS12 with the thinking that it wont be on there forever.
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 07:15 PM

This one: http://erie.craigsli...3275414741.html

Helpful SOB, aren't I? :laughingteeth:
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 07:46 PM

This one: http://erie.craigsli...3275414741.html

Helpful SOB, aren't I? :laughingteeth:


My Wife said "NO" :(

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Posted September 16, 2012 - 07:56 PM

Go with the scrap Massey. Tough frame, and the front axle beam can be reamed for 1" axles. Not enough meat to bush, but keep greased & it'll be fine. You can use JD spindles. Alter the hand control to foot pedal. Foot controlled hydro is the hot ticket for a FEL. The 6000's steering & frame won't handle the duties well. Besides, the MF "scrapper" has to be gone through anyway, so a perfect clean slate to start.

:ditto: :iagree:

Any tractor that has a loader on you want to be able to go forward backward as quick and easy as possible.
Hydrostatic drive, first choice, be better with foot control.
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 08:07 PM

My Wife said "NO" :(

Just want to clarify here: Was that "NO! he isn't helpful." or perhaps "NO more tractors!" ?
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Posted September 16, 2012 - 08:08 PM

Yep, both... more commonly known as the "Oh Heck NO!"

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Posted September 17, 2012 - 05:59 AM

Yep, both... more commonly known as the "Oh Heck NO!"


Well that's just rude.
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