I'm toying around with the idea of building my own loader for my Ariens GT18. They are awefully hard to come by and when I do find one, they are either really expensive, really beat up, or both.
Anyway, I know this is quite a job and I'm just toying with the idea right now and doing some research, but I thought I'd ask a quesiton and see what everyone thought.
For the loader arms, would 1/8" box steel have a thick enough wall and be strong enough for this loader? How about the posts/uprights? Would 1/8" box be thick enough steel for those as well?
I'm asking because I'm limited to a Hobart 110v wire feed welder. It welds 1/8" steel beautifully, however, I'm not sure how good it would handle 1/4".
I'm aware of loader plans available for purchase on the internet. Has anyone used those? If so, were they any good?
Anyway, thanks ahead for any info.
If I do decide to pursue this "little" project, I'm sure I'd have tons more questions.