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#1 Bigfoot OFFLINE  

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Posted March 22, 2013 - 06:07 AM

I have a JD318,and I'm considering putting a loader on it, but

I'm debating whether to build a front loader on the front or mount it in the mid point between the fire wall and dashboard as most conventional loaders are. I'm thinking putting it on the front would cause most of the weight to cause the rear end to come up more than if I would put it on mid point. Thereby making me put more weight on the rear wheels. Which would keep the weight to a minimum on the rear end?

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Posted March 22, 2013 - 06:28 AM

I'd center mount it, unless you like doin' endos.

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Posted March 22, 2013 - 06:39 AM

Have you thought of doing something like the Johnny bucket. It mounts on the front but is not nearly as heavy as a conventional loader. With some weight in the back end they work really well on 300 series tractors.

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Posted March 22, 2013 - 06:44 AM

If you only want to use it for mulch a front mount would be fine, but if you are like * most of us mid mount with loaded rear tires and added rear weight is the way to go.

* Push it to the limit.

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Posted March 22, 2013 - 07:57 AM

Bigfoot:  I also have a 318 and would love to have a loader.


Lately I've become a little obsessed with the Buford Bucket, though I will probably never get one for two reasons, can't justify the cost, and have little use for one (except of moving snow). They seem like a compromise for many reasons, cost (still kind of expensive), function (doesn't lift as high and maybe not as much), and appear to be easier to put on and take off.


I love to watch the videos on-line of moving dirt and rock, and of digging out sod and dirt for sidewalks etc.


That's just my opinion. Good luck, and hopefully you can let us follow you while you build whichever one you choose.



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Posted March 22, 2013 - 08:11 AM

Yes, I would like to have a loader lift high enough to put loads into a truck bed. I heat my home with wood and that would be an ascent for me. I also want to be able to move dirt and gravel. Thanks for the great opinions!