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#1 Paulgo ONLINE  

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Posted August 09, 2017 - 12:59 PM

I've decided to turn my ugly duckling HT23 into a loader tractor. The old girl runs great and has power steering. Could really use some help designing my frame and pump mounts. Good photos of other HT setups would be wonderful. Also thinking of using my tiller, with dual extensions, as a functional counterweight. Will that be practical, or should I just mount a weight box? Many thanks, in advance, Paul.

 

 

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Posted August 09, 2017 - 01:47 PM

Best advice I can say is keep it in as close as possible and make the subframe heavier than you think. More weight is good and also adds stability. Plus keeping the loader in tight to the tractor gives lots of stability. I used 3/8" steel on most of the subframe. It's heavy but I can fill the bucket full of dirt (48") and there's absolutely no flex. The tiller would be a great counterweight as long as you have room to work. The advantage of a weight box is the ability to maneuver without hitting stuff with the monstrous tiller hanging out back. I made a Johnson loader fit my Massey 1655, similar sized machine, and love it!! Look under the Massey subforum for my thread.

As for the pump, mines direct drive off the crankshaft. I used a pump and bracket from a Case GT to run my loader. Made installation easy. You might look into that or putting a lovejoy on your front pto shaft to drive the pump. Good Luck and you will love it once it's done.

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Posted August 09, 2017 - 01:50 PM

http://gardentractor...n-a-Massey-1655

Here's a link to my build. Loader install starts towards the middle of the thread.
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Posted August 09, 2017 - 03:00 PM

Got it closer to where it needs to be. Might have to jack tractor up and place a couple blocks under the front tires so I know the bucket can go subsurface. Sticks out a bit in front, but can't go back much more and still get hood open. Thoughts?  Paul

 

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Posted August 09, 2017 - 04:57 PM

When you tip the bucket forward it will cut subsurface plenty. The hood could be made to lift off to avoid interference.  The closer in the bucket the more stable the machine. Just make sure that at max lift you can dump the load beyond the hood. Don


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Posted August 09, 2017 - 05:17 PM

I say were its sitting right now dont look that bad.   


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Posted August 09, 2017 - 08:27 PM

I could really use some photos of FEL mounts on other HT's. All I have is the loader. Need to make undercarriage, belt driven pump, and front support mounts.



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Posted August 09, 2017 - 10:42 PM

Here some I'll try to find my other photos.  

 

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