ok guys its time!! my first build up! i know for a fact that it will definatly not be as well written as those such as jdcrawler's tractor build up. but i am going to try my best. along the way i will also be requesting the wise advise of those who have completed tractor buildups before.
Here are the details,
for frame i am using 2 by 2 thick wall square steel.
For power plant i am going to be using either a 14hp Kohler k321 or a 16hp Briggs opposed.
The tranny is a Peerless 2300. it is going to be approx Deere 300 series in size.
Folowing the partial completion of this tractor (or at least the rolling chassis). i will start a FEL buildup.
tomorrow i will get the frame cut and laid out.
1.Witch engine would you use??
2. is the peerless tranny going to hold up to fel work??
3. What G.P.M should i shoot for when i get my hyd pump??
4. Would you guys rather this keep it all in one thread??
1.& 2. - Your engine and transmission should be somewhat compatable. The Peeless 2300 can be found in the MF10/12 tractors using 10 and 12 hp engines respectively. Operating conditions (hills, etc.) dictate horsepower, and weight and torque requirements dictate transmission capabilities. More engine with a gear drive will handle hills better, but won't make any difference with a hydro or for FEL work.
The 2300 has a max static load rating of 750 lb on the axle. I can't remember the max torque rating, but it's somewhere in the 600 - 750 ft. lb. area. That makes it suitable for the light and the low end of the medium weight GTs which are where the MF10/12's reside. The JD 300 series are solidly in the medium weight GT class and use a heavier rear end.
That's background info. Will it work for FEL duty? Yes. Would I recommend it? No.
FEL work involves an enormous amount of back and forth movement (clutch work) as well as precise and slow movement at relatively high power settings, making a hydro very much the preferred transmission. The hydro version of the 2300 is the 2400 and it's mated to a small Sundstrand hydro. I had a FEL on a MF12H hydro for 7 years and about 700 hours and was well pleased with the performance, to the point where I may do the same to my current MF12H. It was not a heavy lifter (400 - 500 lb safely when properly ballasted) and was somewhat lacking in traction and power delivery to the ground due to the weight constraints on the rear end. The axle trumpets are cast iron and will snap if overloaded and receive a shock load on top of that. That's the voice of experience talking. Learning can be expensive and time consuming.
3. For a FEL hydraulic pump, 6 gpm at max engine rpm. My MF1655 has an 8 gpm pump but I rarely operate at more than 2/3 throttle. Quarter inch hoses and the less expensive valves are maxed out at 6 gpm. Any more than that and the pump is working hard just pushing oil through the lines and the sysem is making heat. Besides, it is very hard to control a GT sized FEL at 6 gpm. It is too fast for precise work and it can get very bouncy from overcontrolling. Flow control is done with the throttle, usually 1/2 to 2/3 for FEL work.
4. Keep it in one thread. That makes it a lot easier for us to follow the entire build rather than chasing pieces-parts of the build all over the place. It is
one build, even though there are many aspects to it.
You'll find that P.A.L. is your friend with this project.
Have fun! Looking forward to the progress and, especially, the completion.
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