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Old 02-09-2010, 09:17 PM   #1
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I bought my first tractor and immediately realized I wanted an FEL. I found a couple of websites and they offer kits with which I can assemble and weld an FEL to fit my AC5030. Does anyone have experience with these kits, and if so, are they viable?

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Old 02-09-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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I don't, but from what I have seen on this forum I would stay away from a kit and start from scratch...if not able to do it yourself maybe you have a friend that is capable. Some FEL built from scratch on here are amazing.

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I bought my first tractor and immediately realized I wanted an FEL. I found a couple of websites and they offer kits with which I can assemble and weld an FEL to fit my AC5030. Does anyone have experience with these kits, and if so, are they viable?

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Go to a tractor dealer with a tape measure and a writing pad, measure everything on a unit that is about the size that will fit your tractor, including the thickness of the steel. Then compare it to the kits. Arms made from 2"x2"x1/8" square tubing won't cut it for your AC5030, as an example.

For a home made FEL, even in kit form, you want it at least as strong, and preferably stronger, than a manufacturers unit. That's structural strength, not hydraulic. That's another issue.

The subframe is critical. If it is stand-alone, it should be strong enough to deal with the FEL forces all by itself. If it is a bolt on, two piece, one for each side rail of the tractor frame, the tractor frame must be strong enough to deal with all that extra load and forces. If the tractor has an integrated power train that is the frame, check with the manufacture for recommended attaching points and load capacities.

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Actually, the website is selling the cad drawings for the FEL at a cost $139. I am then supposed to supply my own materials and do the fabicating. The site also says that the FEL will fit my somewhat obsolete Allis Chalmers 5030.

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Actually, the website is selling the cad drawings for the FEL at a cost $139. I am then supposed to supply my own materials and do the fabicating. The site also says that the FEL will fit my somewhat obsolete Allis Chalmers 5030.

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Check with these guys http://www.loaders.com/
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I think the first step would be to see if your tractor had a factory option FEL or look for a Hinomoto FEL. Hinomoto made the AC5030 and was the front end of the tractor made heavy enough for FEL work. Good luck, slkpk
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