I need a grass cutting machine that is front end loader capable!needs to lift engines 1000lbs at least 4' what's the smallest machine that will work
is a loaded question! There's a substantial difference between capability
and safe working load capacity
When you say "lift engines 1000lbs at least 4'", do you mean to the bottom of the oil pan, or to the height of the arms? It makes a big difference.
If that type of lift is to be done on a more or less regular basis, you need a medium to large CUT
. If it's for a rare use, a heavy GT will sometimes suffice with the right loader and attachment, considerable care, and dependent on other factors.
Note that a GT/FEL does not have a lot of reach in front of the tractor, and thousand pound payloads should only be transported on a hard, level surface such as asphalt. The load on the front tires will be in excess of 2500 lb, well above their load rating. The steering linkages are subject to a lot of stress.
I have transported a 1250 lb payload with my MF1655 on an asphalt driveway, but it was a nerve wracking experience. The arms were at about 4' above grade and the payload was slung under the bucket and about 4" above grade. The payload was a new metal lathe in a crate and was a one time lift. The loader had the capability to lift it to the top, but safety for the equipment, both tractor and payload, was of primary concern.
A SCUT is not capable of a 1000 lb lift to 4' elevation.
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