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    Default Re: New 370D owner

    Congratulations, you already put it to work. That loader is a real back saver.

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    Default Re: New 370D owner

    techwrtr2. I see you have a grapple on your tractor. Is that homemade? Any pics of it would be great as I would like to see a general setup of one before diving headfirst into fabrication.

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    Default Re: New 370D owner

    Quote Originally Posted by demigodofa View Post
    What parts of the front end are susceptible to breaking? ...
    The rims as you mentioned, the bearing housings, and differential shafts.

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    Default Re: New 370D owner

    Here is a pic of the gentleman I bought the tractor from with the backhoe on the front. He was finishing up the last of his drainage ditches when I snapped this pic. It has a small quick attach plate system on it to change between the two buckets. The backhoe (front hoe) doesn't articulate (which I'm sure if it did would too much strain on the front of the tractor) but it sure beats a shovel, he was digging a lot of dirt with it fairly easily, and that was in rocky upstate NY soil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by demigodofa View Post
    techwrtr2. I see you have a grapple on your tractor. Is that homemade? Any pics of it would be great as I would like to see a general setup of one before diving headfirst into fabrication.
    Grapple is semi-homemade. Built that half that's attached to the loader, the grapple portion I found on ebay and welded into place. Not exactly pretty, but it does work and work well. 3rd function is accomplished with a valve in series with the loader valve.
    I like to play in the dirt....
    Satoh Beaver w/Blackhawk loader & hoe.
    JD855 w/stuff.

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    Default Re: New 370D owner

    The small little U-joint inside the knuckle is what seems to break the most often. Search this site, as this company makes a new yoke out of cnc billet heat treated steel.


    Precision Specialists Inc


    Did you get the front bucket? Any more pictures? That is totally something I could/will make....
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    Default Re: New 370D owner

    Awesome source on the U-joint. Really good to know. I take some more pics of the bucket/arm etc. I think the bucket is too big by looking at it, but the guy said he's used it a ton and works great. The part I like best is the small Quick attach that is on the loader and trencher buckets.

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    Default Re: New 370D owner

    Almost forgot to add the latest workload. Cleaning up a pine tree removal. I'll pile it up out of the way and deal with it later. I have 110 lbs of extra rear weight and when i got off of the tractor the right rear tire was off of the ground 6" at least. I cannot believe how much work this thing can do! Oh, and with the 2 cylinder engine I know I'm going to run the tank dry because I only have about 2 gallons in the tank and this things been running forever! I'm going to forget where to put the diesel between fuel ups.
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    that's pretty awesome. I too would love to see pics of the Quick Attach. I need to make something for mine....
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    Woods RB60, KK 48" BB, Woods RM59 CCW, 48" Brinly disc, Farmhand Carryall, AB 1 btm plow, AB HH/trailer mover

    Angry Beaver Front End Loader build thread- Click Here

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    Default Re: New 370D owner

    This is my grapple in use. Not pretty as previously stated... but it is very useful for moving things like that rock. I never had to bother dismounting to pick it up and drive off.




    As to the concerns of weight up front... My tractor has been in 4wd for probably 99% of its life and I've not had a problem. But... I have a backhoe on it most of the time so I'm pretty well ballasted. I also travel slowly when I have a load on and even slower if the ground is at all uneven. In all the years I've been operating it (we bought it new in 78 when I was rather small), I've not broken the front axle. I have broken the frame twice. Three times if you include breaking a repair on one occasion.

    If you look at this picture, the white support bolted to the frame is for the loader. Directly in line with the forward set of bolts I broke the frame on both sides (different occasions). The last time I had to transport it home using chain binders to hold it together. I properly plated it and haven't had problems since. The lesson learned is that you don't rush with these little machines. They are tough and eager to work (I ripped out the final remains of an oak stump with my backhoe this evening). But you can break them if you abuse them.

    I like to play in the dirt....
    Satoh Beaver w/Blackhawk loader & hoe.
    JD855 w/stuff.

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