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I don't think this had been done yet, and lately I have been into loaders. I'll start
 

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These are the only two pictures I have of my 646 right now. First one was cutting wood and the second was moving our giant pumpkins this fall...
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project loader in progress. and i have the bucket too.
 

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I was just reading your thread, quite the deal you got there! You'll love having a ladder around. I use mine for everything

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I have a Bolens 1886 with a home made loader on it.

The guy that built it did an OK job I guess but he did do a couple of 'goofy' things.

1st, when you look at the pics, you will see that he used single action cylinders on the lift arms. That meant no down pressure. I have since corrected that and it now has double action lift cylinders.

2nd, with the way he mounted the attachment point for the single bucket tilt cylinder and the fluid reservoir, he didn't leave much room to raise the hood. It was almost impossible to gut gas in it. To correct that, I cut the hood at the seam, and added hinges so that I could get access to the fuel tank. I stole that idea from another MTF member :D :D :D
 

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Thanks Nick, it was a good deal but its going to make me work for it, and nice case too.
Cool bolens OB. a bolens is on my wishlist of future tractors to own.
 

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A loader would save sore backs and trips to the chiropractor.
 

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2nd, with the way he mounted the attachment point for the single bucket tilt cylinder and the fluid reservoir, he didn't leave much room to raise the hood. It was almost impossible to gut gas in it. To correct that, I cut the hood at the seam, and added hinges so that I could get access to the fuel tank. I stole that idea from another MTF member :D :D :D
I park mine with the bucket in the dump position. Even then the cutting edge has to be on a 4x4 to get the hood fully opened.

This is my MF1655 with a Wright Way loader. Only the arms and cylinders are still original. Here it is digging out my driveway to a depth of 3' to get rid of some red clay that was heaving it during winter. Found a few old car parts that were buried in there and got rid of them, too.

 

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OB, I think your bolens looks good, they are good looking machines. I have only ever seen one in person. They are rare here in Utah, along with everything else. Especially loaders. I drove 1000 miles one way to pick up my case 646.

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OB, I think your bolens looks good, they are good looking machines. I have only ever seen one in person. They are rare here in Utah, along with everything else. Especially loaders. I drove 1000 miles one way to pick up my case 646.

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Thank you.

It's kinda strange the way Bolens are distributed.

There are places in the country where you can't hardly turn around without tripping over one, and other places where they seem like mythical beasts :D :D

In a way it's kind of surprising that there are so many out there, as the Bolens tractors were always one of, if not the most, expensive in their class.
 

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Bolens tractors were pretty popular around here during the 60's and 70's,but its not easy to buy one for a reasonable price..most owners are reluctant to sell them,knowing they cant buy anything compareable any more..sadly I have seen a few get scrapped when their elderly owners passed on and the heirs had no interest in trying to sell them,a scenario that too often happens around here with things like cars,trucks,tractors and other equipment..they cant be botherd with buyers,they call in a dumpster or a "got junk" company and they haul everything off to be scrapped..

I know of a few loaders in my area on Sears Suburbans and some other brands,but the owners are the type of folks that let them sit outside for decades and refuse to sell anything--and if they ever did decide to sell one they will want 2 grand for what little is left of it..a guy just down the street from me has a tractor with a loader thats parked behind a shed with the bucket raised all the way up,covered up so thick with thorn bushes you cant even see it or tell what kind of tractor it is (looks like a Gravely maybe?)--he said he wont sell it!.."that will still run,I'm gonna fix it up someday"..
..it has been sitting there since I graduated in 1977 at least,probably nothing worth 2 cents left to it by now..its frustrating!..:banghead3
 

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Heres my 960 with loader im not sure if my cylinders are upside down or if it would even make a difference maybe tudor would chime in as i feel like it should lift more but it has still been very handy

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1979gt18 - Reversing the cylinders shouldn't make any difference on how much it can lift. How much is it able to lift, and what are the symptoms when you try to lift more than it can handle? If it simply won't lift more than a certain amount but doesn't make any strange noises, then the pressure relief valve inside the control valve may be worn or might need to be shimmed to increase the pressure that it opens at.
 

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Gotta have a few Ford LGT opensided pics on here too.

The loader has just recently been determined to be a Johnson Hyd. 10TC.

I've been working it hard all summer and it is running topless to save that classic Ford fiberglass grill from damage.

The first two are of turning and stacking the pony poop pile.

Last pic is of a new sump pump drain line she dug in for me.
 

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Another in-the-works loader project. Hopefully I can show it mounted to the 140 before too long. Johnson Workhorse Model 12:
 

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Thought I would post some more eye candy!

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Wow, I'd love to find one of those Case 644/646 TLBs. Very impressive looking machines! What's the difference between the 644 and 646?
 

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Heres my 960 with loader im not sure if my cylinders are upside down or if it would even make a difference maybe tudor would chime in as i feel like it should lift more but it has still been very handy

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Nouveau Redneck is right. To extend cylinder the flow goes to the bore end whether its right-way up or upside down. To me, yours is right-way up and Larry's (sorry Larry), is upside down. I haven't figured out why some manufacturers put the rod down. The only difference I can see is the routing of the hoses. On Larry's the boom hoses are fixed to the boom; on yours they go down along the frame.

1500lbs; I think your doing OK.
 
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