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  1. #1

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    Massey 135-Massey1250-JD650-JD770-International industrial loader

    Default FEL

    Can anyone out there provife a list of FEL manufacturers for compact tractors? I am going to buy a Massy 1250 or a JD 4300 soon. Need to know if aftermarket loaders make any sense-other than price. Thanks.


  2. #2

    Default Re: FEL

    My JD dealer sells Bush Hog, too. I'm trying to think of other brands. You'd think the way my eye is drawn to alll things tractorish I'd be full of suggestions, but at the moment I'm drawing a blank.

    As far as do they make sense...other than price...if you mean, do they work, I'd say sure. My tractor is an old JD 950 with a loader made by...someone other than JD. That's about all I know about it, other than that it most certainly does work and doesn't give me any trouble.

    Steve


  3. #3
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    NH TC33D

    Default Re: FEL

    Woods (www.woodsonline) and Great Bend are two brands of FEL's you might look at. I just bought a Woods 1012 FEL for my NH TC33D. It had greater lift capacity, and larger rollback and dump angles than the NH loader.


  4. #4

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    Kubota L3710, JD5300, AC D19, IH 806, IH 8950, Ford 8N, Farmal Super M, several others in the past.

    Default Re: FEL

    IMHO, overall quality of aftermarket loaders are very good and I feel as good as manufactures FEL's. Often the mounting of manufacture loaders are slightly better in design and ease of use or appearance. This is probably because aftermarket vendors make one loader to fit different makes and models of tractors. Also sometimes aftermarket loader may interfere with other implements such as belly mowers, backhoe mounts etc. and may not be compatible due to different mounts. On the flip side, aftermarket loaders may offer other options, not available by the manufacture. For example, Wood's FEL may have bobcat-type quick attach and offer an accessory spool on the loader valve to run equipment such as a hydraulic PHD auger or other FEL attachments requiring hydraulics. It sort of depends what your use and potential future use maybe. JD quick-attach sort of limits you to JD attachments. I added a Kasco quick-attach to my kubota 3710 FEL and now use a bobcat PHD and forklifts on my tractor. Also allows me to rent other bobcat attachments as needed. As far as resale, original manufacture FEL's may have slightly better value. Before buying an aftermarket see how it mounts and removes and compare it to the manufactures FEL. Dont know if all of my comments helped or not. Just ideas to consider. I recently talked someone into a Woods loader for his Kub 4610 with cab and he loves it. In the past I have had JD, Kubota, Koyker, and Great Bend loaders and all have performed well.


  5. #5

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    Massey 135-Massey1250-JD650-JD770-International industrial loader

    Default Re: FEL

    Thanks to all for the info. Just bought a Massey 1250 and went with their 1246 fel. I've heard it's a little slow but I can live with that for the price I paid. Thanks again.


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