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#1 digjo1 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 05, 2011 - 06:54 PM

Does anyone have plans to share or know where to find some .:thumbs:

                       

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Posted April 05, 2011 - 07:06 PM

I built my own loader, but from scratch without plans of any kind. Didn't document as I went either....sorry.

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Posted April 05, 2011 - 08:07 PM

I don't think building one from scratch would be too difficult as long as you have the tools and the know how to use them. Measure twice and cut once.

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Posted April 05, 2011 - 08:44 PM

Weren't there plans in the "Home Made Tractor" site that we accidentally crashed a couple of months ago?

I was right, there were... but it was on a Farmall "M" & it was all Cable Driven. Looks like the Loveless's Spider from The Movie "Wild, Wild West"

Edited by MH81, April 05, 2011 - 08:52 PM.


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Posted April 06, 2011 - 12:08 AM

I have thought about building my own FEL before for something, but never did. My feeling is if you need a loader tractor, you should find one to buy. Don't get me wrong, with the right tools you can build one, but you have to be careful. If underbuilt it will bend or break, if overbuilt you might only be able to lift an empty bucket lol.

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Posted April 06, 2011 - 12:29 PM

I don't know what you want to put the loader on, but some tractors don't handle a loader very well, can cause bad steering issues to start.

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Posted April 14, 2011 - 11:06 PM

here is a site for a homemade front end loader from projectsplans.com
Farm Equipment | ProjectsPlans.com

I am planning on making one this summer

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Posted April 15, 2011 - 11:45 AM

:welcometogttalk::welcometogttalk:Try www.cadplans.com. They sell plans for loaders, backhoes & they even have plans
for a 4WD articulated loader tractor. They also sell parts & complete kits for what
U are wanting to build. Olcowhand has a backhoe from them & he is pleased with it.
Good luck.

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Posted April 15, 2011 - 11:53 AM

I downloaded a set of DIY plans here. D I Y Gt FEL plans - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

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Posted April 23, 2011 - 06:42 PM

what do you expect that it will cost you to build it.

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 08:17 AM

what is the best kind of pump to use? would a power steering pump work? I have looked online and I guess building my own is the only way to go..

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Posted April 25, 2011 - 07:57 AM

If you do make your own , take a look at the different ways the front bucket cylinders are attached . I saw this Sears GT that had the bucket dump and roll back farther because of some type of link set-up . I'll see if I can find some pictures for you , Al
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Posted April 25, 2011 - 08:14 PM

Found the tractor I was thinking about. Not sure where I found it. It almost looks like the extra arms keep the bucket level too but that,s just a guess, Al
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Posted April 26, 2011 - 01:33 AM

Yup, self leveling bucket. It doesn't really stay level, but it doesn't tilt back far enough at the top of the lift to dump a boulder on your hood either. It might roll as much as 10* from ground level to full up, plus the initial tilt up.

It's not easy using a loader without that feature if you've used one with it for 30 years. Can't pile the snow as high with the new loader.

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Posted April 26, 2011 - 02:07 AM

what is the best kind of pump to use? would a power steering pump work? I have looked online and I guess building my own is the only way to go..


A GM p/s pump can be modified to run a FEL. But care has to be taken or it will push too much fluid and you will have a hard time controlling the movements.

All new hydraulic components will make hash out of a $1000 bill. A quarter of that is hoses and fittings. For the rest you can shop sales, eBay and CraigsList and maybe find bargains to ease the pain. The steel will run you $300 plus unless you find what you need in a dumpster. Shop equipment is also pricey, and a couple of things it is best to take to a metal shop, so you can add in that cost.

Oh yeah, a couple of sets of batteries for the calculator and a box of pencils along with a big notebook. Brush up on your geometry! :smilewink:

It ain't cheap, but it is do able over several months with searching for bargains. You are not going to whip it out in a couple of weekends.