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    Veteran Member Barryh's Avatar
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    Former owner of a Power Trac -180 / Kubota BX-1500 with front end loader... Both were tough little machines Now a Craftsman Yard Tractor / John Deere 140 H-1 Garden tractor / Cub Cadet 108

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kent View Post
    OK, two more pictures.

    Basically the design is two square tubes welded onto an attachment plate. Cross members provide a rigid frame and are lined up with rungs to attach with u-bolts. There are also size dogs made out of bent angle iron to provide support under the ladder rungs when it transitions from the hanging state (carried by u-bolts) to the upright state.

    The guy who did the welding suggested the stuts and the flat bars going forward/backward to increase the rigidity and take tension off of the leading weld on the attachment plate. I can say this was a great idea given how much flex those long ladders have anyway! Lots of bounce when driving it around...

    I can leave the carrier attached when the ladder is in use, and can detach the whole thing without undoing the u-bolts. The only trick is that the ladder has to be at least about 30 degrees up at one end to detach/attach, as the PT loader cannot curl its attachment plate forward past horizontal/down.
    Very innovative Kent I like it..
    Barry / 1968 John Deere 140 H-1
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    Gold Member 3238dpw's Avatar
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    Power Trac 425, C-121 Wheel Horse, 2 Exmark 60 inch zero turn mowers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim_in_CT

    That is pretty cool, but not $594 cool.

    Plus, I suspect you would lose some stability when you chucked it up in the PT 2" receiver.

    I strongly considered fabbing something like that when I was cleaning my gutters at the top of a 24' ladder last fall. Instead, I just made a 15' PVC wand that attaches to my leaf blower, and finished the job from the ground.
    Lets see that wand and how you attached it to your blower
    Scott

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