What did you do with your FEL today; Work, Repair, Improve, Attachments
I did a search and couldnít find a thread like this. As the title suggests, this will be a thread to discuss, and show FEL (and backhoe) related activities. Iím particularly interested in Kwikway, Johnson, or home made loaders adapted to older GTs. Some work well, some donít.
Iíll start. I have a CASE 442 with a Kwikway loader. As the PO suggested, ďeverything worksĒ, but not well. I intend to improve what I can and post here. Until now I have mostly just gotten to know the loader and its deficiencies. The first thing I did was change the front tires. I donít know why it had such big tires, perhaps for better floatation, or the PO thought it would reduce steering effort. The PO also lengthen the steering arm at the front axle. Unfortunately this reduce the steering radius. Changing the front tires has improved the steering enough that I will not worry about the steering until I address other issues.
Girls with large lawns like a guy with a really big deck!
Nice looking rig SIS (like your screen name too, but autocorrect won't let me type it). Do you have powersteering? That's on my upgrade list. Getting the mounts solid is key; and to the rear axle. Another item on my upgrade list.
I did a search and couldnít find a thread like this. The first thing I did was change the front tires. I donít know why it had such big tires, perhaps for better floatation, or the PO thought it would reduce steering effort. The PO also lengthen the steering arm at the front axle. Unfortunately this reduce the steering radius. Changing the front tires has improved the steering enough that I will not worry about the steering until I address other issues.
A 500 lb payload lands about 1300-1500 lb on the front tires. On soft soil conditions, floatation is a very good thing. My MF1655 sports 18x9.50-8's on the front. Standard size is 18x8.50-8.
Unfortunately, that load also increases steering effort substantially, hence the reason for the longer steering arm for better mechanical leverage. Either way, the steering box takes a beating, as do the tie rod ends. Plan on rebuilding the steering box sometime in the near future and keep a couple of spare tie rod ends in your parts drawer.
Hydronerd, good idea for collecting FEL and back hoe tales of trials and tribulations!
Re: What did you do with your FEL today; Work, Repair, Improve, Attachments
Nice looking tractor/loader combo ya got there Hydronerd I to have a kwik-way but mine is on a gravely....I have added some forks to try,along with
some short pallets,it gets kinda hard to see and move stuff around with std length forks,we will see how it goes,I have also added some lites to help with plowing snow.
My first gravely is a model 816 w/onan and with a loader!!!
My second gravely is a 816 with a back blade..
My third gravely is 816 complete and running.....
And I have 2 816's for parts
And lets not forget the ford LGT145 with a dozer blade.
Kman, your loaders looking good. I started forks too. But there so heavy I'll will only be able to lift empty pallets. My loader already has halogen lights but I might go to LED'S. What lumens are yours.
Hydronerd, I suggest that build threads be separate threads and limit this thread, as you suggested, to minor repairs, upgrades, and tasks.
Otherwise there is the potential to really clutter up the thread with a half dozen builds or major repairs going on at the same time making for confusion.
I was thinking the same thing which is why I only put a link to my thread. If links are used to other threads this one could be the go to thread for others later down the road.
If that doesn't sit well then no problem, just delete my post. No harm no foul.
I thought I had G.A.S. under control, I was Gravely mistaken
1963 L8 - Under reconstruction M 96599, M# G-5451
1973 408 rider
1973 C - Parts tractor S/N 88418
1973 C8 - Current workhorse
1983 5200 - Current workhorse
30" Quick hitch mower
30" 106 mower
48" plow blade
Restored Estate Sulky
Restored Standard Sulky
Pull behind dump cart
Chain guard for the 30" mower
Haban sickle mower
Kwik way loader
Wish list 3/4's of a mile long