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#1 mikebramel OFFLINE  

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Posted October 23, 2011 - 07:41 PM

John Deere 400 -> this

Runs good, smokes pretty good too lol
Carb leaks a good amount of gas
Turns good
Rubber pads are worn down to the steel
Lift cylinders have surface rust :(
Lifts atleast 400lbs
Loader sort of binds on the way up

Needs a hood and a dozer style seat

Ray (jdcrawler) was telling me all about it. Thanks to him

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Posted October 23, 2011 - 08:12 PM

I'm sorry for this and don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings, but that there thing is so ugly it's cute. It looks like something my engineering educated son would have designed. I know that's not giving him much credit. If I'd of found it first I think I would have given it serious consideration. I suppose that says something about me as well.
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Posted October 23, 2011 - 08:37 PM

Cool, looks like it was is an early smaller version of a bobcat loader. Nice find!!
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Posted October 23, 2011 - 10:05 PM

That looks really complete Mike.
It looks like it is only missing the flat metal panel under the seat and the half curved panel over the rear axle.
Both of those panels would be easy to reproduce.

For what it's worth .. they used just the regular metal tractor seat for the crawler and they did not come with a hood.

Edited by jdcrawler, October 23, 2011 - 10:14 PM.

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Posted October 23, 2011 - 10:14 PM

Great find, I see it has the low style loader, when I bought my first one ,it came with the high loader and ripper.
These machines were built long before the skid loaders,back into the 50's, Anything with the agri-cat name is before 1966, after Caterpillar sued them, they changed the name to agri-trac, kept that name even after Fruehauf bought the company. I think 69 or into the early 70's is when they went out of business, the last ones did have hoods and a different seat other than a pan seat.
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Posted October 24, 2011 - 02:43 AM

Darn cool looking machine.I could really use something like that.Compact,heavy and with a decent lift cap.I can think of a dozen things I could do with that one at the house let alone down at the farm.
Surface rust can be cleaned off But if there is any Pitting in the chrome then you are better off sending them in for rechrome and new seals.If you were closer I would slip them in the chrome tank at my brothers work.He's been rebuilding cylinders for CAT HYMAC Division for the last 12 years.
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Posted October 24, 2011 - 03:06 AM

My model F weighs 2000 even, never weighed the model C
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Posted October 24, 2011 - 04:23 AM

Hey Mike,cool,and congratulations.
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Posted October 24, 2011 - 05:47 AM

Cool little crawler. How high does the loader go off the the ground. I like the rippers, bet they help a lot for loosening the soil. Have fun with it.
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Posted October 24, 2011 - 07:13 AM

Very neat piece of equipment. Congrats.

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Posted October 24, 2011 - 08:16 AM

Neat little machine!! That will make an interesting project. The only thing I see as questionable is getting on an off the machine? going over the loader to get to the seat looks like an easy way to slip and bark something.
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Posted October 24, 2011 - 09:03 AM

My model F weighs 2000 even, never weighed the model C


I was lucky enough to have gotten all the factory manuals and paperwork with my model-C crawler.
The specifications sheet for my model-C list the weight of the crawler alone at 1,170 pounds.

...... I have a question of my own on the model designation ? ......
I've seen several photos of this 2-roller style of Agricat and they have been called a model-F.
My parts manual list this 2-roller style as a model-L ?
Did they change the model designation somewhere along the line or were there three models of the Agricat crawler ?

Edited by jdcrawler, October 24, 2011 - 10:25 AM.

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Posted October 24, 2011 - 10:45 AM

I love it! The engineering design on the loader is quite busy, but it works! Looks like you'd take quite some time to cut a kajillion rubber pieces & bolt in place!
Cool drive clutch system, and simple!
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Posted October 24, 2011 - 10:19 PM

My two roller is a model F , I would have to dig out all my litature to be sure, but i thought the L was one of the last series, I've senn them with hoods, grille and a square seat,
The one that got them in trouble with cat was a bigger tractor, about half way between a cat 10 and 15, I've only ever seen two
I also been told that the biggest buyer on the east coast of these machines was the Pa railroad, when we sand blasted mine it had red as the base color and it came from the area that was the Pa rail hub for years.
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Posted October 24, 2011 - 11:16 PM

Nice score on the little crawler Mike! Thanks for the bit of history on them as well HALFSCALE!
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