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#1 Hugh OFFLINE  

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Posted January 24, 2014 - 01:40 PM

Been awhile since I posted anything about my machines on here, so here goes.

The loader came home sooner than expected, and it is currently mounted on my 1978 GT/18 Hydro

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As you can see in the pic, it has 55lb concrete wheel weights, and the weight box on the back, which has about 250lbs in it. I put on a set of 2-link chains in early December in preparation for snow. I have only used it a few times but it works very well for what I need it to do.

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My plow tractor is my 1977 18/6. It has a 46" snow blade, loaded 23x10.50 Tru Powers, and double stacked Sears cast wheel weights for a total of about 240lbs on the rear. The blade is pretty uncommon, its actually designed for newer tractors 77+ and uses a mule drive adapter plate to go on a Suburban. I like it because the side lift arm is much more ergonomic than the lift mechanism found on dozer blades and the other version of the snow blade. The tractor runs fairly well, but could still use some carb work.

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The GT/18 and 18/6 are the only two tractors in operation right now. The GT/19.9 is down due to a mysterious spark problem. While I have it apart I am rewiring it and welding the front half of the frame where it cracked. I may end up swapping it over to a pre-76 SS/16 frame (stronger). The SS/16 is waiting for its restoration to start, mainly waiting on an engine. The original engine is on my bench right now. It runs well but smokes a lot. The plan is to restore the tractor and stick another engine in it for now, and rebuild the old one in the mean time. I have a line on a 25hp Onan big block which I would love to stick in there, but I need to see if the oil pan is close or the same for the existing mounting holes on the frame. I might need to get creative. The plan is to restore the 16 and the Haban sickle bar I picked up last fall and put the sickle on the SS/16.

So much to do, so little time.

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Posted January 24, 2014 - 04:24 PM

I like that loader! Is that a self leveling bucket on it? Great pics! Thanks.


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Posted January 24, 2014 - 05:05 PM

Loader looks great on that tractor. Thanks for the pics.
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Posted January 24, 2014 - 06:56 PM

About time we heard from you again. I thought you'd dropped off the planet.
Nice bucket Hugh, glad you found one. Someday, someday...
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#5 Hugh OFFLINE  

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Posted January 24, 2014 - 08:54 PM

I like that loader! Is that a self leveling bucket on it? Great pics! Thanks.

 

Yes, Kwik-Way built the loader, its OEM for the Suburbans. Self leveling. Also has down pressure. 

 

About time we heard from you again. I thought you'd dropped off the planet.
Nice bucket Hugh, glad you found one. Someday, someday...

 

It definitely took long enough to find one. It will be with me in PA :)


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