Thanks for all the replies and advice. Most of the loader issues on the 24-inchers I'm already aware of (been researching like a madman); spindles, weight, center of gravity, etc., all of which are concerns of mine. I'm looking at an older Kwik Way "Model L" with a 36" self-leveling bucket, but am a bit hesitant about the price versus condition. It seems structurally sound for the most part (but has about as much surface rust as paint) and has a brand new aftermarket pump, but the cylinders, while there, may have seen some better days (seals needed before long, if not immediately) and it's current subframe (which is included, along with some extra metal, and looks like a decent base to work off) needs to be heavily modified or a totally new one built from scratch. The unit is local to me, and probably relatively easy to find online if you take a gander. Anyone wanna throw an educated, fair ball park out there off the top of their heads? It'd be appreciated.
As for the PTO
, thanks for confirming my suspicions. I didn't think the mid pulleys actually qualified as such, being part of the flywheel, and assumed they just run the same as engine rpm at any tiven time. I was just trying to figure out what the aftermarket hydraulic pump that comes with the loader would be spinning at and flowing, and if I'd need a new pulley. I'm great with pulley ratios as I have a lot of experience with superchargers, but realitively new to hydraulics. The one that's currently on there is a 4.5" OD, and it's rated for 4 gpm @ 3600 rpm (max engine rpm) with a tested 5000 rpm max, but with the ID of the mid pulleys being roughly 2" at the shaft, it would seem I'd also need a new, smaller pulley for it or I'd be turning it at less than 1800 rpms and 2 gpm. I was really hoping the pump would be able to power both the loader and the lift (if I added a cylinder and valve for it), but if the stock loader pump is 7 gpm, I'm not sure it would suffice?
Learn me, oh gurus! LOL
EDIT: Anyone know the where to pick up some good Cat 1 to Cat 0 pins, or just long Cat 0 ones? Grabbed a really good condition Cat 1 5' box blade with 5 ripper shanks yesterday at what I considered steal (especially considering the guy I bought it from just threw in the Cat 1 boom pole he loaded it with for free, which, despite being a little rough, can probably have the lower bracket cut off and replaced for Cat 0), and while I grabbed some bushings and two different style Cat 0 pins (one adjustable) at Tractor Supply, I really don't think any of them will be long enough when I turn them in. AgriSupply has some 1-0 reduction pins, but not sure they'll be long enough on the inside, either. Any firsthand advice on what you guys used for any of your conversions?
Edited by dzignr_tastz, April 18, 2015 - 08:15 PM.