I think there was some confusion when JCarfield hopped on my thread and posted some of his mock up pics (using the Kubota bucket). Since we both have 425's I didn't see an issue with expanding the discussion. My design is based on Paul at P.F. Engineering's plans, which I think are well worth the fee. I made some modifications to suit my specific build.I think you must have only looked at his mock up and not his actual design. He has the up rights in the same place as a JD 40, beside the foot pads. It looks overbuilt to me but that is better than under built. I believe it will work well and give you many years of fun and back saving work! One thing I have always wondered about is designing two frame mounted stops so that the bucket in the completely down position to be used in a dozier mode would be possible to absorb much of the impact of the ramming by the bucket. I have read in the manuals that the bucket should not be used as a ram. Have any of you ever thought about this feature?
As for the stops, I have been curious about that myself. I have seen them on a number of OEM FEL's. I welded one back onto a small Kubota for a friend years ago when he broke it off. I'd bet a 6 pack that Tudor has some insight on the topic, and I would enjoy to hear from anyone else that has either used them on OEM FEL's or added them to their homebuilts.