Since I am getting a small amount of flak for using my JD F725 as a forklift, I am offering up Option 2! I have a JD 317 frame and both axles. That's it. Now I have a Kohler Magnum 16 that has no PTO shaft on the crank. (Flush to block). I have a wheelchair lift from a van, complete with it's own hydraulics unit. I can see I can make this work. Main issue would be steering.
Thinking about a hyd. powered tiller steer. Not sure if that would work. Anyway, hook a cylinder to the axle and use a valve with a long handle to adjust the cylinder. What do you all think?
The forklift would be mounted off the rear end with the seat mounted backwards. It would not be a fast mover in reverse, but I can put 26-12's on to help that some. Thinking 18-8.50's for the front (now rear). All 4 ply tires. The lift should handle 300 lbs., maybe more.