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#16 mmmmmdonuts OFFLINE  

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Posted September 01, 2017 - 07:57 AM

Mostly finished the towers for the loader. Just need to weld some plumbing fixtures to it to finish it as one tower will be used as the hydraulic tank. Each tower consists of the following:

3/8 thick bottom plate
3x3x1/4" tube as the main top
1/4" thick side brackets where the mounting arms will connect.
1" thick block that the hydraulic cylinder connects to.
1/8" top plate cover to ensure the tower is sealed.

After I finish the arms I will most likely go back and weld the plumbing fixtures on and I may solder/braze over the welds to make sure the towers will be air tight just in case I have any porous welds.

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Posted September 01, 2017 - 09:54 AM

You might want to reconsider the brazing or soldering. Both of those options can make it difficult to get paint to adhere properly. Why not put some air pressure in them and grind and re-weld any leaks?


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Posted September 01, 2017 - 01:43 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I will probably do that then. I don't see anything porous welds where it came together and I made sure to buy steel plumbing fittings rather than the cast iron ones normally used (which I always crack when I weld) so I am hoping that will help.

The reason I even thought of it in the first place is it a technique we use at work with some cabinets. The difference being they're aluminum and they get plated after instead of painted. I never thought about paint not sticking to solder/brazing.
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Posted September 01, 2017 - 03:26 PM

It's never a good idea to use cast iron fittings in a hydraulic system so your on the right track there. Also you might be surprised and have very few if any leaks  :D


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Posted September 08, 2017 - 01:35 PM

Haven't had a chance to leak check the tower yet but I looked back at the welds and they actually look much better than I remember so I maybe alright.

I made quite a bit more progress today and got the boom arms mostly built before the rain started coming. The arms consist mainly of the following:

2x2x1/8 for the main sections of the booms
1/4" plate gussetts on either side of where the two arms meet
1" thick block where the hydraulic cylinder mounts to the tower
2" wide x1/4" plates where the cylinder will attach to the bucket

Got a little bit more to do including adding the 1"OD x1/2"ID piece of DOM in the ends where the hitch pins will go. There is even a small chance this may get done by winter (minus painting) hopefully!!!

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Posted September 26, 2017 - 08:46 PM

Following! great work
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Posted September 27, 2017 - 04:28 PM

Just found this, nice work so far. :watch_over_fence:



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Posted October 03, 2017 - 01:31 PM

Hey there Sharkman,new to all GTT and contemplating buying a pretty clean low hours GTX 20 from my buddy but don't want to invest in it if attachments are that difficult to come by or just way overpriced because of lack of availability, so I guess where I'm getting at is how much was that FEL that you posted pics of and where was it located at? Also do you or anybody else know if there are other (CAT,John deer,ect...)FEL,Snow blower,tiller attachments that'll work with the GTX 20? Tks for your help in advance

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Posted October 04, 2017 - 07:21 AM

last month i saw 2,  One on ebay in Ohio for $1499  and one on CL in New York for $2200 with a GTX 20 tractor.  Both are gone now.   I don't think the attachment are rare for this tractor, they are out there, just have to find them.



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Posted October 04, 2017 - 01:12 PM

The attachments are pretty rare in my area, especially trying to find a FEL but they do pop up occasionally. The mower deck is the most common attachment I see, but it usually goes with the tractor. The thing to remember with the Troy Bilt GTX is it also crosses with the Bolens Duratracs series so when searching for attachments search for both.

 

Any FEL from other series of garden tractors should work, you would just need to fabricate a subframe to mount it to. The rarity for finding a decent shape garden tractor FEL that wasn't ridiculously priced is the main reason I went into building it myself. The GTX20 is a beast of a tractor, much bigger and stronger than my Wheel Horse Raider 12 is.


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Posted October 04, 2017 - 06:37 PM

Tks guys,Think I'll pull the trigger on this buy then, clean garage kept 200hr GTX20 for $500,Think with the $ I'm saving on this deal might help me afford some toys for it!

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Posted October 04, 2017 - 06:58 PM

 

clean garage kept 200hr GTX20 for $500,

 

 

 

That is one heck if a deal if it's in good operating shape. Hope you get it. 



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Posted October 04, 2017 - 07:13 PM

 

 

 

That is one heck if a deal if it's in good operating shape. Hope you get it. 

I totally agree!   :thumbs:


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Posted October 05, 2017 - 06:51 AM

That tractor looks in to be in phenomenal shape and that is a steal of a price. They should take you to court for stealing for that type of deal especially if it is coming with a deck. I really hope you pull the trigger and if you do decide you want a FEL for it and want to build it I will gladly help.


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Posted October 07, 2017 - 06:38 AM

Small minor update. I finished the arms minus the cross member and got the 1x1/2 DOM steel used for the pivot points welded in and tapped for some grease fittings. I probably will need to still ream/drill them out further but a M12 bolt works perfectly for using as a holder while tack welding them. 1/2 was too big on a stock piece.

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