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    Epic Contributor RoyJackson's Avatar
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    Nov 2001
    Bethel, Vermont
    John Deere 4520 MFWD, Deere 855D UTV, Z920A Zero Turn Mower and assorted implements

    Default Re: front end loader on JD 970?

    Quote Originally Posted by herringchoker View Post
    However, manual steering will be a bear. Perhaps you can convert to power steering.
    Adding power steering could be possible. I'd wager the parts from a 790 or 3005 would work, if the OP can't find parts from a 970 (or 870). Won't be cheap though...not if he has to buy the parts from Deere.
    Roy Jackson

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    John Deere 970TLB, John Deere 125 automatic

    Default Re: front end loader on JD 970?

    I'd have to agree with the no power steering thing. I had a loader on a 2wd with no power steering, real tough to steer with a load in the bucket. Still, if it is used just ocasionaly, not 4 + hours a day, should be OK. My 970 does have power steering, helps with a load.

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    Gold Member silvertramp's Avatar
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    W. MA.
    Yanmar 276D

    Default Re: front end loader on JD 970?

    I've got a Yanmar 276D with FEL and no power steering. Would I prefer power steering? Of course. There is a kit available, but for the $$, I just live without it. At a dead stop sometimes I lift the front & turn the wheels. Once underway it's not that big a problem. I'm 66 by the way.

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    Feb 2013
    JD 970

    Default Re: front end loader on JD 970?

    Thanks for everyones input. I will look for another tractor with a FEL.

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