Check Rudi's website, I think he has a 1000 loader manual that you can download and get a better idea of what all is involved. Here are answers to your specific questions.
1. The mower deck has to come off. The loader frame mounts under the tractor.
2. The loader will fit a LoBoy. However, the front mounting plate MUST have the upper hole intact since that is the one used specifically for the LoBoy. If the loader had ever been mounted on a 140 with a HD front axle, that section of the mount is gone.
3. It's a bear to install and remove. Think mower deck times 2, at least, with hydraulics to boot. I installed mine by myself with levers, jacks and what not without excessive strain but it took most of a day.
4. There is an accessory that allows you to keep the fast hitch installed. Tractor hydraulics still operate independantly of the loader. A hydraulic adaptor for the Touch Control must be installed for the loader hydraulics.
5. Weight capacity is about 300-400 lbs. There are a variety of buckets available, mine has the smallest.
6. My LoBoy has a weak engine with great hydraulics. Don't need much power to run hydraulics. I use loader to haul manure, mulch, move mounds of snow and ice, etc. Overloading the bucket will stress the front of the tractor to the point of cracking the block or breaking front axle components. You'll also need to install 2 sets of rear wheel weights to counter balance the loader and load. You also need good tires to handle the weight. Consider a Cub just for the loader.
Last edited by Lurker Carl on Thu Jul 08, 2004 9:57 am, edited 1 time in total.