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#1 nmlange OFFLINE  

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 07:47 PM

Hello, I am a new memer here, I purchased a GT20 last fall, and am now looking at building a loader for it, does anyone out thre have a loader mounted to their GT, and how do they like it.

                       

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 07:53 PM

nmlange, First off Welcome to GT talk. I had a ARK 500 loader on a Wheel Horse GT14 and loved it. I had a weak moment and sold it, STUPID, I know. There are several members here with loaders on their GT's. Glad you found us and have fun.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 08:33 PM

:wave: nmlange Welcome to GTTalk! Great to have you with us. As was said above, there are several members who have them and I'm sure that they'll be along soon! I would also love to have a loader and a backhhoe for a GT...maybe someday!
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Posted May 26, 2011 - 03:15 PM

I have a GT20 that I use for mowing and snowblowing, and I have a GT17 with a custom built loader. I love both machines. The GT20 is an excellent tractor. It is very maneuverable which makes it easy for mowing, and the snowblower is like nothing else I've ever used. I have a gravel driveway, so the floating feature on the blower is great, plus it uses a clutch rather than shear pins to protect the gearbox. It's a nice feature, since I suck up so many rocks I'd be replacing shear pins 8 times per storm.

My loader experience is limited to only my tractor (never used anything else), but as I see it the GT series is a bit tricky for this application. The person who built my GT17 loader changed the stearing pump so that the steering ratio is much quicker than my GT20. The quicker steering makes it much easier to swing it around in tight spots. Without that feature it would be a lot more cumbersome to use, so keep that in mind with your build. But the biggest issue I have is traction. I have wheel weights, a weight box full of cement, another cement weight hanging off the weight box, and 2 50lb sand bags on top of the weight box. Despite this massive counter weight (easily over 400lbs), I still have trouble getting traction with a full bucket. A locking differential would go a long way to making this a more usable machine. Also, anything you can do to lighten the load up front would help. Not overbuilding it is key.

At the moment I am also having an issue with powering the pump for the loader. The coupling built by the original owner between the front PTO and the pump just snapped. I'm having a heck of a time figuring out a better way to connect the two. The Ariens 15 spline front PTO shaft really limits your options.
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Posted May 26, 2011 - 03:41 PM

nmlange,:welcometogttalk:

Glad to have you with us.
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Posted May 26, 2011 - 04:27 PM

Loaders are awesome.I'm looking for a Johnson "Work Horse" 10TC myself.
Manual for 10TC http://gardentractor...8183c4d08572866

If I can't find one reasonable I may build one.
I found this nice Loader Cad Blueprint a while back,it looks fairly simple to fab up most of the components.
http://gardentractor...f631c4d0e19434c
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Posted May 26, 2011 - 06:26 PM

I have a GT18 and looking to put a Loader and Backhoe on mine. If I don't find one I will most likely build it myself. I would like to get the Kwik-Way system but I have heard they are pretty expensive. I have found some really nice plans for some loaders and may just go that route if I have to.

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 10:27 PM

I have looked at quite a few plans, and loader manuals, I think that I am going to end up building my own, trying to take the best features from what I have found. I will post pictures of the project as I go along, and will let everyone know how it goes when I'm finished.

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 10:45 PM

:welcome: to a great GT tractor site. I have a couple of loaders and think you will find them very useful especially if you live in the country. The best advice I can give you is to set your hydraulic relief vale so you don't over stress the tractors front axle. 400 lbs is a lot to move with a garden tractor.
Good luck with your project!
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Posted September 28, 2011 - 11:24 PM

Thanks for the advice, I pretty much have my design done, at least in my head, now to get it on paper, make about a 100 changes, and then the on to welding table.