I went looking for a tractor with a loader and got sticker shock at the new and used prices. I figure i could build it better for way less of the cost. My pics are in the photo section here under bigbill
I'm building my loader with no plans just off the top of my head with what i want it to be. I'm boxing the frame from the front to the rear and using tapered cut and welded channel for the arms. Right now i'm getting ready to do the rear subframe for the backhoe. The front axle needs to be upgraded or strengthened with power steering. I figure it would cost me around 30 to 40k for a new machine but this should run with all new hydraulics and free steel that have inhouse about 5k. Once i finish up my yrad work with it its going to sit and i have no payments on it.
used non running int154 tractor $400
used creeper tranny $375
New tires & rims 11.2x24 ags rear, 600-10 3 rib tires on front
New clutch, pressure plate
All new cylinders and control valves on hydraulics (ebay for control valves) & surplus center with hoses
Tubing for the hydraulics
New heavier front spindles
Upgrade the clutch.
You need to do a lot of accurate drilling and reaming. I just picked up a rockwell BUX magnetic drill to make it much easier. Remember the rear subframe has to be removeable just incase the finals or tranny ever needsw work but not in my lifetime for sure. We do need access to do repairs if need be. My FEL arms are exactly the same length pin to pin. My uprites on the tractor for ther arms are exactly in the same position too.
My health has interupted my progress but it should be done this spring.
Last edited by BigBill on Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.