Ok, I still have some other projects to finish before I start another, BUT, I am thinking about building a "MINI" articulating 4x4 high loader. I have a old Burkeen 4 wheel drive articulating trencher and a 50hp Case Diesel engine that runs great (off of a Case 530CK loader/backhoe). Anyway, this trencher was originally a walk beside, I will probably build it to where I sit over the back tires, and the front half will hold the loader. The engine is probably going to stick out behind the back tires, but it's a fairly short engine so it shouldn't stick out to far.
The biggest problem is speed, this trencher originally went 2.5mph in "transport mode". So I don't know if there will be any easier ways to speed it up or not. I'm probably going to put bigger tires on it, but I still want a wide tire for better stability.
I didn't know if anyone here had any ideas on this build??? I'm going to use a straight armed loader design, I already have a old skid steer bucket and I also have a big mulch bucket.
I added a picture of what I'm aiming for.
Let me know what you think???