/ how to build your own custom backhoe subframe #181
- Feb 3, 2004
- Santa Cruz Mtns, CA
- 05 Kioti CK30HST w/ Prairie Dog backhoe, XN08 mini-X
There are a lot of ways to do this and the ROPS bracket is an excellent way to go. Doing a mockup with the hoe parked on level ground as close to the tractor as possible and at the desired height will help you with the best bracket fab you can do. Using the drawbar bracket, or the threaded holes it mounts to is also a good place to attach your subframe.My thought was to add a bracket to both sides of were the rops attaches to the axle then weld a plate to the bottom of the brackets or weld the square tube directly to the brackets under the axle.
I do not use my drawbar or my 3-pt, so detaching them made sense for my Kioti. If you want to go back-and-forth to your 3-pt or drawbar, that will affect your strategy with respect to removing them, or making a subframe that allows them to stay on the tractor.
As to the Woods subframe posted by JAYYK42 above, I bought and installed one many years ago on a Kubota L2550DT, and it stuck out so far that it adversely affected its usability on non-flat ground (poor departure angle). I am glad I did it so I have exposure to that one-size-fits-all approach.