This is going to show my PF Engineering Loader build for my Troy Bilt GTX 18. I had a previous topic started in the Bolens forum that I was asking some basic questions for. Located here: http://gardentractor...duratrac/page-2
The Troy Bilt GTX is essentially a Bolens Duratrac tractor that had a native FEL for it. It weighs about 800-900lbs before anything gets added. I started gathering the parts last year and have slowly been building it over the last few months. At this point, I have 95% of everything cut, and about 80% of the holes I need to drill drilled. I haven't had all that much time to work on it so I get to spend on it so it won't be a super fast build. In another post I will detail all the part selection, hydraulic details and some of the costs associated with it.
I also want to thank CEvans and Tudor (from mytractorforum), and some of the guys at wheelhorseforum for help and guidance on what they did.
The first thing I am working on is a ladder type subframe. While the tractor didn't initially use a subframe on its' loader I thought for long term stability it would be better to use one. I used U-bolts on the axle through 1.5x3x3/16 rectangular tube in the back. I used a scrap piece of angle (1/4"??) to ensure that the frame is square. On this angle piece I am going to weld a trailer receiver hitch, so I can use my cargo carrier for ballasting. The platform where the towers will sit is a 2x4x1/4" tube where I will then add angle iron to the frame to mount it there. Here are some pictures:
Additionally, here is a picture of the bucket and the gussets that will mount to the the arms of the loader.
Edited by mmmmmdonuts, June 16, 2017 - 08:55 AM.