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Does Anyone Have Any Info On This Articulated John Deere 420 Garden Tractor?


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#16 gtcsreg OFFLINE  

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Posted February 23, 2013 - 06:22 PM

Welcome, Nicely done GT. Good luck with your project.

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Posted February 24, 2013 - 08:03 AM

Welcome and Good Luck with your project Michael, once you get started make sure to keep us up to date as you go.

 

Thanks for the link to Ducky's build Kenny, I had not seen that yet.

 

And again Awesome Build Ducky!!



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Posted March 09, 2013 - 11:55 PM

Ok, looking into this some more and I ran across this set of pictures. I posted them and my thoughts on it.

Alright, here goes, I really like John Deere. In fact, I really like the John Deere 140s. Just a preference when it comes to garden tractors. They look good and are stout to begin with. Just figured that it would be good to start with. Unfortunately after the snow this season and now my wife's want for a garden, it makes sense to upsize the current lawn tractor to a real garden tractor. Probably going too buy one to start with, so that is that. Moving on.

Now, originally I wanted to do articulated steering, but then I ran across the first photo. I then thought why not make a 4 wheel drive. Looks like a lot of work to go and build a 4 wheel drive articulated machine. Looks like parts can be built in pieces and be installed in sections to this one.

Then I found another picture that said why not stick a diesel in it. Well, it didn't actually say make it a diesel, but you get the idea. I want a diesel and it showed how to make it longer.

Lastly, the last photo that I did see from a member here, pardon me for forgetting who, but I like the tire sizes. I will post the member this belongs to in sec. I just have to look it up.

Quick Summary:
1. Why articulated when 4 wheel drive will work?
2. Go with a 2 or 3 cylinder diesel and make it longer.
3. Bigger tires all around.

Please excuse my jumbled thoughts.

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#19 michael.kitko ONLINE  

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 11:57 PM

The Massey was done by tractormike. Great job on the tractor.

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Posted March 10, 2013 - 11:25 AM

The Cub Cadet in the first picture was done by a guy over at IHCubCadet.   Here is a link to a thread with info on it.  There was a LOT of machining that went into it and he is a machinist by trade.



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Posted March 10, 2013 - 12:21 PM

The Cub was done by Dan Hoefler. I did see how much work went into it. He did do an amazing job.

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Posted March 10, 2013 - 10:39 PM

So here I am again, brainstorming really right now. Looking into buying a 140H3. I guess I am pretty set on an articulated tractor. It just is cool looking. Works well too from what I saw of Glen's and Ducky's builds. The only thing that was pushing me the other way was the FEL attachment. Settled that today when I saw this on the net. Guess I am gonna get started if I ever win the 140H3 I am bidding on. When I start, I will start a build thread like Ducky and keep you up to date on how it is going. I just hope it turns out as nicely as his did.

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Posted March 11, 2013 - 10:51 AM

1. Why articulated when 4 wheel drive will work?
2. Go with a 2 or 3 cylinder diesel and make it longer.
3. Bigger tires all around.
 

 

1. Steering knuckles vs. using the arti to turn. I think the articulating mechanism is easier to homefab.

2. No need to make them longer, specifically. Look at a Cub 782 vs a 782D. Same frame and tins The fuel tank on a diesel can be half the size as a comparable gasser. That will free up some space for a small radiator.

3. :thumbs:  I couldn't agree more.



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Posted March 11, 2013 - 11:24 PM

Okay, more thoughts on a 140 articulated tractor. What diesel will fit in a 140 engine bay or will I have to make the engine bay longer? Also, where are some good places to look for engines.

Requirements are as follows:
1. Enough power to move two axles, probably 20ish horsepower.
2. Glowplugs are a good feature.
3. Watercooled is more efficient.
4. Spend around 1200 or less for it, preferably less.

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Posted March 12, 2013 - 12:37 PM

If I were doing it I'd pick the Case hydraulic drive to start with.  You may want it to look like a John Deere, but for an articulated drive train, I'd want to just run hydraulic hose from front to back.  Then you'd already have your 3 point hydraulics too.  I've also seen where a guy took two two wheel Gravely chassis and mounted them nose to nose with a universal shaft to get 4 wheel drive.



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 06:33 PM

Well, after bidding on and winning a 1969 John Deere 140 H3, it finally arrived today. Wow, it looks amazing. I really do want to trick it out, but I think I am gonna have to start with a three point hitch first and rear hydraulics. I think I am gonna abandon this thread and start a build thread for when and if I decide to articulate it. Thank you for the comments this far.

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 09:49 AM

This 420 articulating jd was the tractor I used to drool over the most wanting it . It was this tractor I wanted mine to look like when i began buying the tires and used tractor to build my own. But I did not want to copy anyone elses awesome project so I tweaked a few things and mine is different afterall. I still love the looks of his tractor !!

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Posted September 21, 2014 - 10:58 AM

Hi Michael,

 

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here you'll find the owner http://www.raboine.com/meyer/






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