Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

Everybody Needs A Loader 2


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 Case-Closed OFFLINE  

Case-Closed
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 13397
  • 225 Thanks
  • 123 posts
  • Location: Helena, Montana

Posted April 11, 2013 - 06:27 PM

During my recent battle removing a bunch of stumps in my back yard I observed some rotation in the frame of my loader and this strarted me looking for a way to stiffen things up a bit. The origional mount used a straight tube with two steel plates welded to it and bolted to the tractor at the foot rests on existing bolts.

 

It's been raining a lot here in Montana so I figure the time is now for a little upgrading. I removed the loader and the single tube with welded on plates  and welded on an extension that runs forward and attaches to the underside of the tractor at two existing points plus two more that I added.The first pic shows the unit in it's ugliness and then shot with a coat of primer. As I proceed with the project I will upload more pics. HW

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0755.JPG
  • IMG_0759.JPG
  • IMG_0762.JPG

Edited by Case-Closed, April 12, 2013 - 05:22 PM.

  • JDBrian said thank you

#2 gopher OFFLINE  

gopher

    New Member

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 2755
  • 569 Thanks
  • 631 posts

Posted April 11, 2013 - 07:25 PM

Looks like a plan coming together. Would it do any good to add plates on other side of frame to sandwich frame to spread the twisting  force over larger area than the bolt holes in frame?


  • Case-Closed said thank you

#3 Case-Closed OFFLINE  

Case-Closed
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 13397
  • 225 Thanks
  • 123 posts
  • Location: Helena, Montana

Posted April 11, 2013 - 08:11 PM

Good question, space is a little tight on one set of holes but this would work with the front most set. Thanks for the idea!!



#4 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

Ryan313

    PK Fanatic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 7087
  • 3,239 Thanks
  • 5,159 posts
  • Location: Wallkill, NY

Posted April 11, 2013 - 08:28 PM

Looks like a good fix! It should hold up well!
  • Case-Closed said thank you

#5 John@Reliable OFFLINE  

John@Reliable

    Procrastinators unite tomorrow

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 36
  • 1,295 Thanks
  • 1,416 posts
  • Location: Boston- Cape Cod MA

Posted April 11, 2013 - 08:40 PM

Amazing what a little primer can do :D    Looks like your plan will come together just fine  :thumbs: 


  • Case-Closed said thank you

#6 Moosetales OFFLINE  

Moosetales

    Always learning something!

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 8172
  • 1,088 Thanks
  • 1,284 posts
  • Location: Winthrop, ME

Posted April 11, 2013 - 10:17 PM

Looking good. Might we get a pic of the tractor? Thanks.


  • Case-Closed said thank you

#7 Case-Closed OFFLINE  

Case-Closed
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 13397
  • 225 Thanks
  • 123 posts
  • Location: Helena, Montana

Posted April 11, 2013 - 11:40 PM

There's a bunch of pics in my galley but I will post more as I progress with my project.

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0730.JPG
  • IMG_0732.JPG

Edited by Case-Closed, April 11, 2013 - 11:43 PM.


#8 JDBrian OFFLINE  

JDBrian

    Super Moderator

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2507
  • 9,574 Thanks
  • 14,136 posts
  • Location: Hubley, Nova Scotia - Canada

Posted April 12, 2013 - 04:58 AM

Looks good. It would be interesting to see some pics when you mount it so those of us unfamiliar with Case tractors can see what You've done. The basic principals will apply to any brand so thanks for posting this!


  • Case-Closed said thank you

#9 Case-Closed OFFLINE  

Case-Closed
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 13397
  • 225 Thanks
  • 123 posts
  • Location: Helena, Montana

Posted April 13, 2013 - 12:28 AM

I learned my lesson on my last loader post. Lots of folks are interested in similar things and the need for pictures and ideas on how to do modifications is large. All I can say is there is a lot more to come as a hydraulic sickle bar mower is on tap for the next project.

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0736.JPG

Edited by Case-Closed, April 13, 2013 - 09:02 PM.

  • Moosetales said thank you

#10 machinist OFFLINE  

machinist
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 29663
  • 78 Thanks
  • 100 posts
  • Location: Salem IN

Posted April 13, 2013 - 09:21 AM

I will be very interested in the sickle mower project!   I have an old Haban sickle mower that came off a Simplicity, I think.    Also have the hydraulic drive motor from a 224 that I saved when it was parted out.   Thinking I might be able to use that to drive the mower.   My 448 has rear PTO and 3 point hitch, so I wanted to rear mount the mower.

 

Mower guards and sections (2" wide) are obsolete and unavailable except used.    I found some spares from an old Bolens attachment, but I'm thinking that if this mounting works out, I might do the conversion to 3" standard guards and sections.   That requires increasing the stroke.   There is info on that somewhere, maybe MTF?


  • Case-Closed said thank you

#11 Case-Closed OFFLINE  

Case-Closed
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 13397
  • 225 Thanks
  • 123 posts
  • Location: Helena, Montana

Posted April 13, 2013 - 01:08 PM

I honestly have not spent much time looking at the mower blades but I know the one's on my mower are 3" wide at the base and look just like ordinary knives.


Edited by Case-Closed, April 13, 2013 - 01:17 PM.


#12 machinist OFFLINE  

machinist
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 29663
  • 78 Thanks
  • 100 posts
  • Location: Salem IN

Posted April 13, 2013 - 01:33 PM

3" knives are readily available, but take one with you to assure you get the right hole size and locations.    Ford/New Holland, John Deere, IH, and others all vary somewhat, IIRC.  


  • Case-Closed said thank you

#13 Case-Closed OFFLINE  

Case-Closed
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 13397
  • 225 Thanks
  • 123 posts
  • Location: Helena, Montana

Posted April 14, 2013 - 04:46 PM

In order to answer an email I received about my loader mount I figured it was time to break out the rock square. The following pics are self explanatory. Everything I used for this is 3/16 thickness, the loader upright support is 2x3, the two tubes running forward are 2x2 and the whole thing weighs in at under 30 pounds. I was also asked about the shape of the mount and that was dictated by what I could find in my scrap pile.

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0763.JPG
  • IMG_0764.JPG
  • IMG_0765.JPG
  • IMG_0766.JPG

Edited by Case-Closed, April 14, 2013 - 04:52 PM.


#14 Case-Closed OFFLINE  

Case-Closed
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 13397
  • 225 Thanks
  • 123 posts
  • Location: Helena, Montana

Posted April 15, 2013 - 05:55 PM

The beast is installed and it fits like a glove, a tight glove. The heavy bugger did put up a bit of a fight and I managed to scratch the heck out of the paint when I used a floor jack to lift it into place. The loader should be back on in a day or two and we will see if it makes a difference with a heavy load.

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0767.JPG
  • IMG_0768.JPG

  • Moosetales said thank you

#15 Case-Closed OFFLINE  

Case-Closed
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 13397
  • 225 Thanks
  • 123 posts
  • Location: Helena, Montana

Posted April 19, 2013 - 05:00 PM

The acid test, today I pulled another stump that consisted of a pine tree growing next to a foundation. I don't really know how much my 444 will lift but I can easily get the back tires off the ground and that's with the tiller in place and 150 pounds of cast iron attached above the rear hitch. One must be careful! Once again I'm blown away by what can be done by the little Case that could.

Attached Thumbnails

  • Pine1.JPG
  • Pine2.JPG
  • Pine3.JPG
  • Pine4.JPG
  • Pine5.JPG
  • Pine6.JPG

Edited by Case-Closed, April 19, 2013 - 05:02 PM.





Top