Had my power steering added before I even finished my loader, but I've driven larger farm tractors without PS using a loader, and pretty much the same as with a GT, as the loader weight capacity of the bigger tractors setups are close to proportional to their size as the GT's are. Boils down to what AJ said.....no move, no turn! Just the slightest movement and they will steer pretty easily, and JDD, your tractor has a strong steering system, so it would likely do pretty good with manual steering.
Well actually about 90% of what I do around my place a Loader would just be in the way mowing or tilling grading and snow removal , I would like a loader to turn the Compost pile and loading mulch on the trailer to move from the far end of the property to my garden (The Pitch fork is getting old)etc.
So I was not thinking of putting a loader on the 318 or the Ford 1500.
I have wanted a small skidloader for a long time, but have not found one in my price range.
The wife wants to do a bunch of landscaping. Taking out 2 RR Tie Retaining walls and replacing it with stone, Turning 1/2 the backyard into a patio with paver blocks (Thats going to require moving a lot of fill sand) etc.
I was thinking of getting a JD 212-214 or comparable I'm not too brand loyal and putting a loader on as a dedicated loader unit. I did not think it would be that big of an issue, I did grow up before Power Steering was thought about but my memory is not what it used to be so wanted some input.
I don't need to lift a lot of weight( 2-4 hundred pounds). But have noticed it takes a lot of shovels to fill even a small loader bucket!
Edited by JD DANNELS, June 11, 2013 - 03:33 PM.