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Old 01-21-2010, 01:10 PM   post #1 of 13
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Default 425 home-built attachments?

Hello!
As my first post, I probably ought to introduce myself and my equipment. This fall we moved from our "starter" home to a place with a 2 acre lawn area. Being a tight-fisted person, I set out to find a tractor to mow and perform other duties, such as snow removal and a few other things. I'm also one of those "buy it once and buy it right" kind of guys, so I wound up with a used John Deere 425 with around 825 hours on it. It has some rust here and there, and I plan to restore it over the winter here.
I am fairly handy with restoration and fabrication; my primary hobby is probably motorcycling. I always do my own maintenance and have built and restored several motorcycles over the last few years. I have my own equipment and can cut, weld, do bodywork and paint. So, finding a mechanically excellent 425 AWS that needed restoration was exactly what I was looking for. I knew the reputation of the 425 (and it appears this one still has the plastic cam gear), so I knew I was getting a quality machine with great capabilities.

My question is about attachments. I saw at least one thread about a guy building his own loader- I PM'd him asking for details, since a loader would be great for snow removal. Being a fabricator I am interested in knowing what other attachments have been home-built, and if anyone has plans and/or pictures/measurements they'd be willing to share.
Also if anyone has good detail pictures of your model 40 loader, I'd love to see some detail pictures of the mounts and connections.
Thanks all- this looks like a great place!
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:03 PM   post #2 of 13
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Hi Clay and welcome to the forum! The link below may answer a few questions on the loader for a 425. Sorry, can't help on any other attactments.

http://www.mytractorforum.com/showth...t=requirements
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:08 PM   post #3 of 13
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Clay, nice to have you aboard here with us .
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:13 PM   post #4 of 13
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Clay,glad to have you aboard.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:37 PM   post #5 of 13
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Clay,

Welcome to the forum. The 425 for sure is a quality machine. The only issue you may have with a loader is the AWS. Most prefer a non-AWS machine for loaders. However, the Or-Bilt loader system would probably work for you and it's a quick attach. That's probably the loader I will put on my 318 this summer.

Post some pictures!
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:56 PM   post #6 of 13
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Good point on the AWS part...the 40 loader isn't designed for that unit. But as a fabricator, I'm sure you could make something work.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:52 PM   post #7 of 13
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and enjoy the forum. If the 425 had regular oil changes and air filter kept clean you you get past 700 hours chances are it will last a good long time. slkpk
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:49 PM   post #8 of 13
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Kwik-way made a Loader for The JD 425 thru 455 All Wheel steer models as well as a Backhoe that will fit the 425 thru 455 All wheel steer models. http://www.kwmanufacturing.com/prod_load.htm
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Clay,

and your 425 is definitely a great machine.
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:30 AM   post #11 of 13
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Thanks for the welcome all- I'm excited to get to it! I have a couple motorcycle projects to get out of the way first, then I'll dig in to the 425 whole-hog. Here are some pictures:




You can see the rust on the fenders that will require some refinishing, but it's one of those "jobs" I look forward to and enjoy. I also have a new seat and an extra set of rear tires/rims. I'm figuring one set will be filled with chloride and weighted for winter/loader duties and one set will be just regular for mowing. Thanks for the welcome!
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:35 AM   post #12 of 13
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All in all I think it looks pretty good.Thats a heck of a machine.

I am not so sure you need two sets of rims. I run weight year round.

Looks like the rust damage started from someone having a cab installed?
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:02 PM   post #13 of 13
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All in all I think it looks pretty good.Thats a heck of a machine.

I am not so sure you need two sets of rims. I run weight year round.

Looks like the rust damage started from someone having a cab installed?
Yup- I bought it from a guy who was going to restore it, then found a better deal machine. He bought it from the original owner. It had a cab and a blower- the fuel pump went out so it sat for a few years till he bought it and fixed it up to running condition. The 60" deck is from a different 425 he had, so it's in pretty good condition (no bad noises and not much rust at all). I'm excited to start work on it and begin building some attachments.

The AWS is crazy- when you turn it feels like the back is sliding out- well, I guess in a way it is!
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