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Cub Cadet 147 or Bolens 1250 for loader build?


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#1 Paul Rowe OFFLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 05:59 PM

Hi new to the fourm and in need of some opinions. I currently own a Cub Cadet 147 and am getting ready to build a loader and backhoe combination on it. I have all the material and hydraulics purchased. Today a guy down the road asked me to trade for a Bolens 1250. It looks like a more heavy duty tractor than my 147. Is this better suited to my project or do you guys think I should keep the Cub?
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Posted April 02, 2016 - 06:08 PM

If it was just a loader your 147 would be OK, but for a backhoe the 1250 would be a much better choice.


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 06:14 PM

Thanks Old Buzzard was also leaning that way. My only concern is the old Wisconsin smokes quite a bit and wasn't looking to get into a rebuild on the motor this year. I already have quite a bit invested on the loader and backhoe parts. It fires right up, do you think it might be OK for a season of work?

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:00 PM

If you don't need another connecting rod Could you do an In-frame rebuild? Since the Wisconsin has a removable jug I don't see why you can't just pull the jug and put a set of rings in it.



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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:05 PM

I'm new to the Wisconsin and didn't realize I could remove the cylinder. Thanks that's great info and I'm going to do that if I decide to get it. Is parts availability very good for these engines? I don't see too many sellers online.

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:06 PM

Just my opinion but with all you are spending to build a loader and backhoe I think you would be better off finding a larger tractor all together. Possibly a compact or even a utility tractor would serve this endeavor much better and would provide a much higher capacity for digging and such. Gts are great but have their limitations and if I was to spend my hard earned cash and time on a build of this caliber I would want to get the most bang for my buck so to speak. Good luck and don't forget to have fun.
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Posted April 02, 2016 - 08:03 PM

Loader only on the 1250 a backhoe is to much for it.  


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 10:33 PM

Welcome to GTT. I love my Bolens 1250s but I would be very hesitant to trade a good running Cub for a smoking Bolens. Checkout our Manuals Section for the manuals you need and there are loader plans too. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 09:44 AM

A loader and backhoe would be fine on a 1250. They are as rugged as they come, and easy to repower too! Mine has a Briggs 18 twin in it!uploadfromtaptalk1459694691122.jpg

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 10:02 AM

A loader and backhoe would be fine on a 1250. They are as rugged as they come, and easy to repower too! Mine has a Briggs 18 twin in it!attachicon.gif20160330_152604.jpg

 

I have ran backhoes on larger farm tractors and I have ran the one on the back of my HT20. The HT20 has 7.5 more HP and is over 100 pounds heavier then a 1250 and the backhoe is very hard on the HT20.      Cost of building a backhoe for a 1250 vs what you can do with it, I would be looking at buying a used scut with a back hoe already on it.   


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 01:53 PM

Thanks for all the replies everyone. I decided to just stick with the Cub Cadet and use it. I know the tractor already and it has a strong hydro and engine. I'm going the put a loader and a micro hoe on it. I bought the plans from PF engineering and there seems to be quite a few successful builds. This is just a fun project and I'm not expecting it to perform as well as a new compact or anything.
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