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    Default Is Johnson workhorse model 30 Front End Loader, still made?


    I'm looking at a used Johnson model 30 front end loader that is on a JD 950.
    I'd like to mount it on my JD 855 but can't find any information on Johnson Loaders.
    Are they still in business, can you still get parts, are they any good?
    I need to make a decision by tomorrow at lunch time.
    Thanks
    Denny Graham

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    Default Re: Is Johnson workhorse model 30 Front End Loader, still made?

    If the loader is in decent shape, and the price is right, Id chance it.

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    Default Re: Is Johnson workhorse model 30 Front End Loader, still made?

    Goin' to look at it in a couple of hours. From the pictures it looks pretty
    decent he's asking $1800 for it.
    From my searching it appears that Johnson went out of business in the
    early 90's. Because they are no longer around I'm begining to have doubts
    at that price.
    I wouldn't be able to get any support for adapting it to my JD 855 or if I
    needed parts for it. I'm pretty handy and have worked around fabrication
    my whole life and don't mind making a bracket or two but I don't feel like
    getting into a major project this summer.
    I spent several hours on the internet last night but there just isn't anything
    at all about Johnson Hydralics Mfg. Usually one can find some history about
    these companies that went under or someone that sold or installed or used
    the equipment but in this case I'm finding nota, that's got me a little nervous.
    I found a few discussions where they were used on smaller garden tractors and
    it looks a little lighter than the Westendorf Loader of today, but I'm not needing
    to move a lot. My tractor is a 2w drive with turf tires so I'm realistic about how
    much I can move with it. I just wanted one for some light lifting like some snow
    in the winter and a dirt or gravel pile in the summer.
    Denny Graham
    Last edited by Denny Graham; 05-19-2013 at 08:49 AM. Reason: Poor spelling

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    Default Re: Is Johnson workhorse model 30 Front End Loader, still made?

    Assets of Johnson Hyd Equip were acquired in the 1970's by arps division of chromalloy who continued to make the "Johnson Workhorse" loaders until 1983 when the ARPS division was acquired by Ameriquip Corp, I have no idea if ameriquip continued with the loaders or not but they currently list no info about them on their website , only the backhoe line.

    Ray

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