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    WooHoo! Welding class scheduled!

    Yesssss!!!!

    First welding class is scheduled for Sat. Feb. 7. Took a while to find an instructor.

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    Just so you get an idea of where I am going with this. The above is the tower frame assembly for the front end loader for this below:

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    Stay tuned!
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    Darren

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    Let the fun begin
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    I would like to learn to weld - it would be a GREAT benefit to some sculpting and sign making I want to try.

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    You are nothing short of an amazing person.
    Just as a side are these "towers" available for the 400 series or does everyone that would like a loader need to make it themselves. Thats one mighty tractor. You just had me looking to see if one is available around me second hand for a decent price.


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    Rob, I bought plans for both the front end loader and the micro backhoe from p f engineering. Paul has been very helpful getting me to understand what I was getting into. His plans are blueprints. What I did was 'build' them in SketchUp. (Thanks to Dave Richards for his help.)

    There is one more iteration and that is to customize them for the JD 400. It is wider by about 8 inches than the Cadet Cub he sized the plans for. Then I will have printable templates for the plasma cutting, and the welding can begin.

    This project has been nearly a year in the making. I got the tractor last April after searching for sometime to find one. As garden tractors go, it is a hoss. I wanted it because of it's cast iron axles, real steel frame (as opposed to folded sheet metal), and on board hydraulics. The hoe will still need its own hydraulic pump and tank. The on board hydraulics will handle the front end loader fine. They sure don't make them like the JD400 anymore. Owning one is almost like joining a cult I am finding.

    'Decent' price can't be compared to other garden tractors, nor can be 'nearby'. I drove from CA to MO for mine.

    BTW, Darren gave me the first can of JD green paint while I was there last year.

    So far, found the tractor, (got a few family visits in along the way and back as well!), got the plans, reworked the plans, got the welder and plasma cutter, cool helmet and gloves, and found Tim the Welder for lessons. Still need the sexy beanie and jacket.

    Look out world!
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    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

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    Good on you, Carol. You will be one up on many of us

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    Wow, this just keeps looking like more of a fun project.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Still need the sexy beanie and jacket.


    What are you going to use to power the extra hydraulic pump out of curiousity?

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    The front PTO shaft is a through drive shaft. It was used to run the mower deck. The pump will mount between the frame rails under the seat, where the mower deck once hung. It will connect via a spline shaft, pump to PTO. The tank will be within the mounting frame of the hoe and the hose run will be short. Good thing. Those things are spendy.
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    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

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