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Old 04-29-2010, 01:41 PM
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Default Garden Tractor Loader

Well, I figure it’s time for me to post a project on here instead of just lurking all the time.

Here is the beginning of my garden tractor front end loader project. Eventually it will get a backhoe as well, but one thing at a time.

I picked up this 16hp Snapper 1650 tractor a little over a year ago for $100. It ran great but wouldn’t move. I figured it would be a good spare engine for my Cub Cadet 1450. After getting the tractor home and looking it over I discovered that the splines on the driveshaft had stripped out so the hydro pump wasn’t spinning. I replaced the splined coupler set up with a pair of u-joints and everything worked again. At that point I decided to build the FEL on the snapper and keep the cub cadet as the mower.

I started by building the subframe for the tractor. The tractor frame is ¼” by 4” steel, and the subframe is 2” x ¼” wall square tubing. It wraps around the rear of the tractor so the backhoe will be able to mount to it as well. The uprights are 3x4 tubing with 3/8” wall and are also oil resivours. They each hold one gallon. The loader arms are 2x3” 1/8” wall tubing that was a John Deere 7700 combine frame. The bucket is 48” wide and was a manufactured piece for a compact import tractor that has seen previous modifications. It will have a quick attach setup as I have also picked up a set of small forks.

Hydraulics will be powered by a 9 gpm gear pump that also came from the JD combine. It will run off the electric pto so it can be shut off for starting or what ever else. Lift and bucket cylinders will be Cross 1 ¾” bore by 19 5/8” stroke loader cylinders from surplus center (they are only $70 each new). I have a pair of 2 ½ x 16 tie rod cylinders but they just seem like overkill on the loader and may be better on the hoe. Control valve is also from the JD combine and has 3 spools so I can build a grapple for the bucket for moving brush. I have a pair of 2 x 8 cylinders that would work good for that.

When finished it will be painted and badged as a Cat, just for something differant.

1 Subframe
2 subframe installed
3 drilling loader arm for bushing
4 making bushings
5 Loader arms mounted
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:11 PM
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Welcome to the site and continued luck with the loader build. It's coming together nicely.

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Welcome aboard Pat. You certainly started with the right bait. A project with pics. You da man..
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:50 PM
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Looks great! just hope my wife doesn't see this post
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:59 PM
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welcome out of lurking and into the light.

Now you'll have to excuse me since I know nothing about much.

But how much payload will the little tractor actually be able to lift?

Mind you I love the idea. I have a craftsman 19HP 42" mower, but I don't see how such a machine can do much more than maybe mow the yard.

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Old 04-29-2010, 06:37 PM
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Nice project, this is going to be interesting to watch.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:28 PM
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Are you working with plans from this site?
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:13 PM
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Welcome Patrick, This is going to be one cool build. I think you could do alot of work with the loader and save the back. Is the Snapper hydrostatic drive? Kevin
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Welcome! Ya' got a neat project goin'. Thanks for the prompt pics.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:50 AM
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Great project. Hope it comes together for you.

One thing. If that tractor has a Eaton Hydrostatic tranny, be careful pushing in to piles. My neighbor broke the "Cam Ring" in his this past winter bucking in to snow with his front mounted snow blower. Destroyed the Transmission. Can be repaired, but VERY expensive.

If you DO have an Eaton Hydrostatic Transmission, I can post pics of the parts.

Again, good luck with your project.
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