I've been reading here for a few weeks now, a recent CL find got me to finally sign up.
I'm in need of some advice on whether or not to put a loader on my JD112 which
I've been slowly restoring.
What brought this idea about was that I found a Bolens 1250 on CL with a Johnson 12 loader on it, the owner says he thinks it originally came from a John Deere, but he's not sure what model.
My question is, how universal is a loader attachment?
No doubt the brackets on the Bolens are useless to me but how much hassle would it be to put the loader on the 112? The Bolens is complete but hasn't run in years, the loader appears to be in decent shape. My thought is to buy the whole tractor, swap over the loader and sell off the Bolens.
The guy wants $2000 for the tractor and loader, its in great shape but has sat for decades in a garage.
What did the brackets look like for a Johnson model 12 on a JD 112? Are they something I could fabricate? How was the pump driven? On the Bolens they have a bracket on the right frame that holds the pump, which is driven off the belt drive for the generator, but the JD don't have the same arrangement.
I priced several other used loaders and see most selling for $1500 and up, so my thoughts are that if I buy the whole tractor, I should be able to move the tractor alone for at least another $500, maybe more and keep the loader for my JD.