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Loaders for Garden Tractors

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I have a 2000 model year Cub Cadet 3235. It was the biggest Cub sold at the time. Been a mower all it's life with a 54" shaft driven deck.

I know it's not a Cub of years gone by...but what are opinions on this tractor handling a front end loader with say, a 42" wide small profile bucket. Been seriously considering this and a three point to make me a utility dirt mover for my property. I'm tired of borrowing my friends huge bobcat skid steer that destroys more than it fixes in my yard.

I'd have to add an additional pump and perhaps reinforce the frame...but overall it's a decent sized machine with 25HP and power steering. I could easily run the pump off the deck pto location. I'll let the tractor hydraulic system handle the forward/reverse and the steering only.
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500 lbs of weight including the operator is almost nothing for loader use, especially on a lighter tractor like that. Its no wonder it isn't stable.

I'm planned on starting with an 11-1200# machine, that has the rear tires filled to 190#'s each, with 100#'s of weight in each wheel. I'm guessing I'll want more.
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