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Well I finally got it home......

To make a short story long... As you know I found a 2008 Deisel XL 60" w/FEL in Kitchener (2.5hrs from home, Sarnia). I was worried my 2500lb trailer wouldn't be able to handle the load, so I searched for a Buddy with one. Well either the trailer was cr_p, or it was too big, or too small (I know this sounds like Goldilocks), so I ended up having to rent one from u-haul. Well, the local uhaul didn't have a 6x12' , so I had to rent one in London (1hr away from Sarnia). A one way rental was going to be almost $150, but an in town rental was $49 taxes included. So my neighbour and long time friend Ray and I drove to London to get the trailer. Well, when we got there, we find out that a 6x12 trailer doesn't have a 6ft tail gate, only 4ft 6". It was kinda of hard to tell that from the wee little tiny JPEG on the Uhaul site. (see photo of our rig)

So, cant turn back now, we'll just have to take the deck off to get it in the trailer. The first time you take off one of these beasts, you realise this isn't your 42" Craftsman deck (ouch). Luckily the guys had a forklift and put it in the bed of my truck. Now the XL drove nicely into the trailer. Good thing I didn't buy a 12' trailer, as I would have never been able to load the FEL and Backhoe at the same time..

We took the back roads home from Kitchener, got the tractor off the trailer, and put the deck back on. (lot less time than to take it off.) Just then Slim gets off the bus, and his eyes light up.. "When can I test it". I felt like such a jerk when I said "after you are done your homework" -- I wanted some seat time first - haha!!.

Drove around the yard a little. Found that the 4wd lever wont lock into 2wd, but always locks in 4wd (little help!!). Took it to the back field where I doug up a cement culvert. Learned that FEL in 2wd is not much good in our sandy soil.

Amazingly Slim finished his homework in record time.. He got on the tractor and headed across the road to the 1/2 acre field that needs cutting, and proceeded to put the unit to the test. You can see him in the pictures, but I dont know how to load a video..At about 2200 rpms, the tractor went through the tall grass and weeds at full speed. These units do an extraordinary job cutting. My 16hp Craftsman would have taken an hour to cut that, Slim was done in ten minutes. Needless to say he loves it, and as my #1 employee, he better.....

Well guess what, now I have to hop in the truck, and drive the $#% uhaul trailer all the way back to London (1hr) and come back home...

So, I'll be talking to you guys later, and now the hunt begins for the illusive KW backhoe (for a good price).

p.s. Did I mention that my wife was completely OK wit hthis purchase...

BTW. When I removed the deck from my truck with the FEL, I pulled the back end off the ground. I am going to have to make a weight box.:trink40:

Hopefully the pics are posted
 

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Great story and pics. Looks like the #1 employee is happy with his new tractor. slkpk
 

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Congrats on the new tractor.
You will love it :thThumbsU

I highly recommend a ballast box when doing any kind of FEL work.
I had a similar issue once moving the mower deck around in the garage without a ballast box on. Press the forward pedal and tractor does not move. I look down and the rear wheels are just barely touching the floor (older 2WD model).

I have made a link to a thread I made on my home built ballast box. I put 350 lbs of steel nuggets in there (I got them for free).

I believe they recommend at least 300 lbs of counterweight but I found that my total of 400+ lbs work really well. Your diesel will be around 200 lbs heavier to begin with though.

If you make your own ballast box you need to change the dimensions as you have the limited category 1 3 point hitch. It uses larger pins and I think the width is 26" instead of 20" for my category 0.
I just noticed in the picture that it looks like you are missing a few pieces for the 3 point hitch.

Good call on the trailer - although I hate U-haul :thSick: (that is another story).

Your tractor as it is will weigh in at around 1,300 lbs or so + 400 lbs for the FEL so total of 1,700 lbs is my guess. You can download the manual from Simplicity's site and get all the specs and instructions there.

To move these you will need something with a 3,500 lbs axle minimum - especially if you add 400 lbs of ballast to it.
 

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You're gonna love that machine. The diesel is simply sweet. One thing. The FEL comes with a weight box. Wonder why you didn't get it also. Without a counter weight, picking up the slightest load will pick the back-end of that tractor right off the ground, so you really need one. I also have a box blade that is mostly used in the summer months when the FEL is on. If you have a use for one, it makes an excellent counter weight.

One other thing I couldn't see in your pic. Do you have a 3-pt hitch? I believe it is standard on that machine also.
 

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Nice unit!!!
 

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exNcite,
The company I bought it from hadn't used it in over a year, and the operator didn't work there anymore. I even brought a pic of the box and the 3pt hitch arms (which were also missing), we could not locate them. Possibly discarded.

I picked up a new 3 pt hitch this week from EEZS.com, and I will have to fab a weight box. I mainly bought it for the deck, as we mow alot, I am also considering a backhoe, then I dont need the weight box...
 

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exNcite,
The company I bought it from hadn't used it in over a year, and the operator didn't work there anymore. I even brought a pic of the box and the 3pt hitch arms (which were also missing), we could not locate them. Possibly discarded.

I picked up a new 3 pt hitch this week from EEZS.com, and I will have to fab a weight box. I mainly bought it for the deck, as we mow alot, I am also considering a backhoe, then I dont need the weight box...
I have a schematic and repair parts list from the box that comes with the FEL if you'd like a copy.
 

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Way to go Owen. Nice machine. Mine is just over 5 years old and I have done so many things with it it's ridiculous. Worst thing I would say is that the backhoe is a pain to get on & off. So, I usually don't use the backhoe when it's mowing season.

Enjoy.
 
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