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Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:13 pm
Well I am starting another project, Artie. It's going to be an articulating cub cadet. I am using two hydrostats to move it. The front hydro will be turned around and the rear hydro will be left facing forward. So I guess it will be 4-wheel drive when it is done. Here are a couple of photos of what has been done so far.
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Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:15 pm
Here are a couple photos of the front driveshaft hookup.
Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:19 pm
I did a test of it today and the hydro is going to work properly. I had to rotate the charge pump 180 degrees to get the hydro to pump. I started it up and ran the hydro linkage by hand and the tires rotated properly. Now I have to figure out how to connect the rear half. The front half is a 129 and the rear half is going to be from a 147. Here is a photo of the rear half that I will be using.
Oops. Got to run for now. Got to go make dinner for the wife. Got to keep her happy so I can play with these things.
Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:38 pm
Keep us posted. Lookin good.
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:42 pm
Are Brutus and Buttercub getting jealous yet?
Jim, looks like another nice project from you.
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:58 pm
JIm, you never cease to amaze me.
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:32 pm
Jim - looks like another very interesting project! I do love your ingenuity! We are looking forward to seeing the completed tractor!
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:39 pm
i have heard it will save fuel with havin no front wheels to push
Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:10 pm
The level of creativity that is constantly demonstrated by many our members is mind boggling. I have a feeling that this project of yours is going to be simply outstanding. Good luck, have fun and remember
Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:34 pm
This looks great Jim!! I'd like to drive it when you're done!
Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:58 pm
cool, way to go. I been thinking about this for a while now. Can we power both hydro tranny's with one pump? And just run hoses to the tranny in the rear? I think we need to "TEE" each line to each tranny rather than take the exhaust to the other tranny. This would give us the same speed but we may need flow valves to put both tranny's in sync. So one tranny doesn't lag behind with one being closer to the pump over the other one. That would save a lot of time and trouble. Bill
Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:13 pm
BigBill wrote:Can we power both hydro tranny's with one pump? And just run hoses to the tranny in the rear?
I don't know about this. I am going to got with the two complete trannys and try it that way. I am going to try and get the linkages as close as possible.
Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:10 pm
I thought a lot about building one of these a few years ago. I was going to keep both rear-ends facing forward, move the front one as far forward towards the engine as I could get it and use a really short drive shaft. Then run a rear driveshaft off of the back of the front hydro pump, to run the rear hydro. That way both would be spinning the same direction at the same RPM. The rear driveshaft would actually have to be in a few pieces with U joints to incorporate the articulation. I also figured out that you could use cables through guides, to connect the hydro linkage, without having to have solid linkages, and they would incorporate the articulation and should be easy to fine adjust to get the ground speed of both units in line. Regardless of how you go, it's not an easy project. I can't wait to see how Artie turns out.
Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:40 pm
It's looking great so far. I can't wait to see what the finished tractor will look like. Do you plan on using the tractor to do some work or will it just be a show tractor. If you are going to work it I think it would be cool to build a 3pt hitch and then it would really have a big tractor look. I really hope that one day I will have even a small amount of the skills you have so I can try to build something like this.
Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:23 pm
56cub wrote:Do you plan on using the tractor to do some work or will it just be a show tractor. If you are going to work it I think it would be cool to build a 3pt hitch and then it would really have a big tractor look.
I won't work it. It's just another play toy to take to tractor shows (this exercises the jaw muscles)
. I have thought about the 3-point hitch though.
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