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Good afternoon folks. I had a good weekend enhancing my GC1710 for future projects. I was able to buy a MF factory SSQA for my loader and SSQA adapter plate that I have a professional welder friend coming to put on my factory loader bucket. I wanted to show you/share a pic for anyone who might be wondering how that looks and what it might cost. All told, both together from my local dealer ran me $520 or so. Sales tax is a bit over 8% of that amount. They call it a "Tool Carrier SS" instead of Skid Steer Quick Attach but it's the same thing/same standard. Beyond that, the dealer did say there is a WR Long Electronic selenoid controled 3rd function valve that can be added to the front end loader as well. They were charging about $750 for that.

The big plate on front is the adapter plate... The SSQA system is the mounting apparatus with handles and the stainless bar tht runs across the entire loader system with a bolt/lock nut locking the sides together. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.


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I've often thought about making a QA for my GT loader. It has several optional tools. It also has the payload capacity to deal with the extra weight of the QA, and the less complementary leverage that goes with it. That extra weight is why I don't think about it for my SCUT except in passing. I run into the payload limit often enough as it is.

If I ever get more tools for the SCUT loader, I'll just do what I did with my GT loaders for 29 years, pull the pins to swap tools. It only takes about 4 minutes.
 

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I rarely run into load weight issues with the DL95 to a point that I've been reminded about having ballast even on quick projects. While I agree it's really not that difficult to pull 4 pins and pin on something else, the issue becomes that of ease of availability of VS manufacturing my own front end tools. I don't have the time and equipment to make DL95 attachments and SSQA stuff is very easy to find.

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I rarely run into load weight issues with the DL95 to a point that I've been reminded about having ballast even on quick projects. While I agree it's really not that difficult to pull 4 pins and pin on something else, the issue becomes that of ease of availability of VS manufacturing my own front end tools. I don't have the time and equipment to make DL95 attachments and SSQA stuff is very easy to find.

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I agree... SUPER easy to find SSQA implements. What Bob said about weight is what kept me from pulling the trigger on that setup before. I was never super impressed by the capacity it would lift, but was always too skittish to try and increase the limit via relief valve shimming. Even if I just had forks and a bucket, saving that 4 minutes changing back and forth several times during a large project would have been big. My GC had an aftermarket Woods loader on it. The bucket might have been a bit more difficult to remove on it than on the DL you’ve got. I remember bolts that had to be removed rather than just pins. Maybe the bolts could have been replaced with pins, I dunno...
 

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I've been replacing the bolts with these. The ring fits over the bushing quite snuggly.

 

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Got my first addition for use on my SSQA system beyond the loader bucket...pallet forks! Titan attachments was running a sale and I was able to find a coupon code from a YouTuber that took a little more money off as well. $415 delivered into my front yard for a set of 3000lb capacity SSQA 36" forks weighing in a 265lbs altogether. The welds look good, it's more heavily built that my machine could ever hope to hurt and now I have another tool to get stuff done.

I debated whether or not to get the 42" version but for such a small tractor and limited hydraulic lift less was more in terms of function.

https://www.palletforks.com/titan-skid-steer-36-pallet-fork-trailer-hitch-attachment.html

I can grab more pics by request...I snapped these quick before the rains came in this morning after assembling them on the pallet and attaching them. Perfect fit!


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For those who want to know what these small buckets look like when converted. Got to power wash, sand, prime and paint now that it's back from fab shop.


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Looks much better cleaned up with a fresh coat of paint on it.

My advice to anyone who does this modification is to find the thinnest/lightest conversion plate you can if you so this on a subcompact tractor. (3/16" is the thinnest I saw) Make sure the outer sides are square and not tapered like mine so you don't have to cut off the outer flanges on the bucket. The plate pictured is a good design as it minimizing weight for a weld on unit by not being a solid plate across the back. Those of you that are more handy could weld on just what you need. There were kits on eBay for this.

Good luck!


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It's easy when the back of your bucket is vertical. My Kubota's is an oddball angle. They offer a bolt on kit for my loader for $850 or so. Then I'd probably just buy a new bucket that already has the SSQA on it.

Yours looks great! How much do you figure all the add ons weigh? 50 lb?
 

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It's easy when the back of your bucket is vertical. My Kubota's is an oddball angle. They offer a bolt on kit for my loader for $850 or so. Then I'd probably just buy a new bucket that already has the SSQA on it.



Yours looks great! How much do you figure all the add ons weigh? 50 lb?
It's tough to say. I cut weight removing the old pin on brackets, part of the bottom skids that wrap from bottom up the back and the flange edges on the outside of the bucket so that the rear was level to add the new weld on plate. Also, there was a bottom bar that ran all the way across the weld on plate that I had cut off after it was welded as it was unnecessary weight. All told I'm probably plus at least 30lbs. This particular plate is overkill for this class of tractor and I wish I'd have shopped around for something lighter instead of just getting it with the dealership. This plate would easily work for a machine twice the size of a GC tractor.

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