Re: Loader question.

Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:20 am

That loader pictured on the 185 sure looks awfully lightly constructed. I've got a loader on my Simplicity Legacy, and it's WAY heavier built than that, especially utilizing gussett plates at all the angle/connections.

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My loader will only lift about 500 pounds, although I think it's limited by hydraulics rather than strength. The Legacy is roughly the same size as a Lo-Boy, as you can see in my photo, it has a 60-inch mower deck and 48-inch loader. Also, check out the load height. You were talking earlier about only building a loader that will load into a pickup truck. You can see from my photo, You're still talking about a standard sized loader.

Bill

Re: Loader question.

Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:32 am

Thanks gitractorman. Thats quite a tractor. Looks like that loader isnt going to break off. I like the bar over the top of the tractor. Also I like the part where bracing reaches clear out in front of tractor. Nice. Thanks. Harold

Re: Loader question.

Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:42 pm

gitractorman,
Sure is a lot of difference in the construction of the loaders. The one on your tractor looks as well
built as the Freeman loader on my Massey 135. I, too, would say it is only limited by the hydraulics.


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Charles

Re: Loader question.

Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:47 pm

Thanks. Yea, I bought it with the tractor but I think they are built by Kwick Way Mfg. That company builds all the loaders for John Deere, Cub Cadet, Simplicity garden tractors. You can actually see on the bucket where the orange paint has worn off and it's white underneath. You would not believe how much stuff I've moved with that little tractor. I've dug two ponds and probably moved a thousand yards of topsoil and clay, not to mention mulch, moving trees, loading and unloading equipment from trailers. It's really saved my back, which is funny because I just had back surgery on March 1. Needless to say, it get's used! I'll never be without a loader on something, but plan to keep this one for a long time. Like I said, the only drawback is the limited lift strength, but that's my fault because I really overload it all the time.
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Re: Loader question.

Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:23 pm

I purchased my hydraulic cylinders from www.surpluscenter.com I got hoses and fittings there too. I went to northern hydraulics for my hydraulic pumps. I got my control valves on ebay there stackable too. I just picked up a Rockwell BUX magnetic base drill press. This will help on the rear subframe so its bolted together incase any tranny or final work down the road is needed.