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Posted May 19, 2016 - 05:31 AM

Thanks. I don't have the gauge to measure pressure on the lines, so I haven't checked that, but if it's only 5-8 hundred lbs, I can use that to figure out the monkey motion. Those numbers help in my understanding.

I can double my leverage arm length and still have the ability to get the range necessary to lift the rear basket, but I had never run into the issue before- like the belly ram- It could lift just about anything (snowblower without springs+loaded rear basket/ etc...) without any issue in the past.

 

Out of curiosity, did the AC tractors these came off of have a higher pressure line for their rams? or were their rams different? I would like to convert this to a cat zero at some point, but not if I'm running against the wall of lifting capacity like this.



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Posted May 19, 2016 - 05:53 AM

I don't think the AC had any more pressure to work with. I believe it to be a leverage issue. Also, was the tractor idling when you tried this? If it was, crank up the RPM's.



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Posted May 19, 2016 - 07:07 AM

Any angles off of parallel, or tangent will change your input and output. As will radius to camming actions.

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 07:33 AM

yeah...I thought I had a pretty acceptable cam leverage which peaked the moment arm about 1/2 way through the lift, without any extreme angles on the lever.

 

yup- The engine was throttled.

 

It's just weird that the AC rockshaft would work so well on the AC with a similar pressure system, and bind so easy on the ford.

I will play with it tomorrow!

Thanks everyone!

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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:02 AM

This morning I added some length to the lever arm. Not sexy, but it fixed the issue.

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Posted May 20, 2016 - 06:04 PM

This morning I added some length to the lever arm. Not sexy, but it fixed the issue.

If it worked, that's all that matters!


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Posted June 18, 2016 - 09:08 PM

So instead of filling up the "what did you do to your garden tractor today?" thread with every little tightening of each bolt on the LGT, I have decided to bring the updates back to the Ford forum.

 

Anyhow, today, I applied some stickers to my rattle can paint job. Pictures always seem to make garden tractors look better that they really are close up, and I could sit for hours wetsanding each sandscratch and bleb- but life it too short. On went the stickers onto a working tractor that is going to get used in real life! As for the rear shot- the rear reflectors are in the mail! (And yes- I will break/bust them out in the real world- just as most of them originally got busted!

Not bad for government work! :D

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:01 AM

Decals seem to make things look better!


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Posted June 20, 2016 - 07:49 PM

I laughed about the "stickers make everything look better" quote. It is very true.

 

Today, I got some rear reflectors in the mail from Deaven Tractor Parts. I spent hours google searching for rear reflectors to fit but only got frustrated. Most are too large, too small,  or way too thick. These are fairly close to the originals and will do the trick!  :thumbs:

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 08:23 PM

Oh yeah, and another thing-

The rear light I mounted on the side of the seat looks  lopsided, but there was a madness to my method. :rolling: Loading the trash can on tonight in the dark lets the light shine past the side of the trash can. Form follows function! 

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Posted June 22, 2016 - 02:56 AM

Looks really good!
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Posted June 25, 2016 - 03:21 PM

SLOPPY STEERING FIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D  :D  :D

Here's one way to skin a cat.  I've been frustrated by sloppy FORD steering for decades. This modification required no machining or new bushings. It took out 100% of the pivot slop!!!  This is a rough copy and will need reinforcement, but it worked beyond all wildest dreams! This should allow normal front axle pivot  movement while eliminating the worn pivot bearing slop.

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Posted June 26, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Just saw your YouTube video of the self snow blowing ford and enjoyed it!
I almost saw some serious sh*t! (Love BTTF)
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Posted July 24, 2016 - 07:35 PM

 Last week posted this thread to get some feedback as to what happens with a lot of weight:

 

http://gardentractor...-wheel-weights/

 

Anyways... Got some front wheel weights. And mounted my old rear wheel weights, AND scored a deal on some MORE jd rear weights. 

Yes- I know that is overkill, but I figured I could use the JD rear wheel weights on the JD. For fun, I mounted them ALL on the FORD to see what would happen. 

I was originally going to get 2 cub cadet 25 lb weights, but when that fell through and 2 JD 65 lb weights became available for LESS- the devil made me pull the trigger!

 

WAY TOO MUCH WEIGHT! So I put them on- 

 

My first instinct was to cover my ears waiting for a tire to pop, but was surprised to learn the tractor handled REALLY well. It settled down any instability on off camber hills. The rear wheels do not spin or tear up the yard at all. This especially true with the tow behind offest mower. It does not plow the front tires forward in turns and does not spin tires. Ever. THE TRACTOR HANDLES BETTER THAN MY 4WD X728JD!!!!! For the first time ever, I do not feel the need to sit sideways on the seat to keep the tractor from flipping!

 

I did check the tire weight capacity for the carlisle tires. they are rated around 1500  a piece. Assuming the tractor weights 900+ 200 (I weighted them 50 white outer weight + 65 yellow inner weight + 85 tire with fluid) each rear tire+ 150 me it should be okay. If I ever get around to mounting a cat-0 rear hitch, I will removed rear weight accordingly.

 

So it was a fun experiment! I will probably take the rear inboard JD weights off to put on the JD at some point, but this setup really makes the tractor seem solid. So the current setup is this- two JD green front suitcase weights, two front bolens type weights, and two rear weights!

 

Again- this lets me pull the offset 66 inch mower around some really steep hills with no slipping at all!!!!

 

 

Please excuse the circus like colors of the blue ford, green JD front weights, Orange AC rockershaft, and Yellow inner weights. Looks like a clown car!!!!! :rolling:

 

Enjoy!

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Posted July 27, 2016 - 05:01 AM

You got a long ways to go before you catch me! My LGT 165 weighs in well over 1000 pounds with nothing on it! Add 200 pounds of wheel weights rear,quick hitch up front, 150 pound mower deck,200+ pounds of me and you have one heavy happy tractor that pulls like people dream about! Oh and yes it has full power steering too.
Oh and a D600 Kubota 3 cylinder diesel under the bonnet powering this entire beast.
So yes, these rigs can easily handle some serious weight! Rear axel alone is good for Carrying 2500 pounds.

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