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    tired of the JD FEL

    Does anyone have suggestions or options for allowing the use of skid steer attachments on their JD loaders? I am very happy with my Deere but I'm tired of wanting the attachments I see locally for sale at excellent prices but obviously can't use. I have looked at aftermarket adapter plates but have no experiences with them. I don't know which are good and which may be junk. Are there any negative results from using the adapters? One of the issues I have is when I'm ready to buy something then by gosh I want to get in my truck and go get it. My local dealer is great but when it comes to attachments on the fel all I get is "we don't have it but can order it for you". I understand not wanting to have the overhead for items that might sit on the lot awhile for sale but finding skid steer attachments locally is easily done.
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    Without specifics on what adapters your considering it's hard to speculate on possible pros and cons, though as far as use goes-once pinned and clamped down I don't see much to go physically wrong...

    Artillian has a blank JDQA frame you could mount skid steer type attachment points on and have a relatively stable, strong and lightweight adapter to use.
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    Adapter plates may be cheaper, but they add needless weight and move the attachment out further reducing your lifting power ever more-plus they add more "slop" to the system.

    JD sells the parts to convert the 300cx to SSQA, # BW15244, not sure what it would take to get it on your 300x though.

    John Deere SKID STEER ATTACHMNT CARRIE BW15244



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    I have the JD SSQA adapter on my H180 loader for my 4066R. It was taken off a 400X loader that was previously on a 4720. I do not know how it would work on a CX loader. Once you have the SSQA adapter, you will wonder why you waited so long. Attachments are so plentiful for SSQA and most of the competitive tractors already use SSQA so you can also use their attachments. Also they are cheaper. Anything that fits a skid steer will then fit your tractor.

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    There must be a skid steer junkyard,,, somewhere,,,

    Just get a SSQA off a skid steer,,,
    cut a little,, weld a little,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Adapter plates may be cheaper, but they add needless weight and move the attachment out further reducing your lifting power ever more-plus they add more "slop" to the system.

    JD sells the parts to convert the 300cx to SSQA, # BW15244, not sure what it would take to get it on your 300x though.

    John Deere SKID STEER ATTACHMNT CARRIE BW15244



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    I anticipated the additional weight and for 90% of what my loader is used for I'm fine with loosing some capacity. What I didn't think about was additional "slop". This is something I do not want at all and is the information I was wanting when posting this thread. I saw the conversion parts through JD, is there any other companies producing a conversion for JD loaders?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    I have the JD SSQA adapter on my H180 loader for my 4066R. It was taken off a 400X loader that was previously on a 4720. I do not know how it would work on a CX loader. Once you have the SSQA adapter, you will wonder why you waited so long. Attachments are so plentiful for SSQA and most of the competitive tractors already use SSQA so you can also use their attachments. Also they are cheaper. Anything that fits a skid steer will then fit your tractor.

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    For the reasons you mentioned I am ready to do something ASAP to make my loader work with skid steer attachments. I do not want something that is weak or as Ken mentioned "sloppy" and for this reason it has taken the appeal away from the adapters I have been looking at. I'm not complaining about the John Deere setup, it's a great setup. I'm complaining about the availability of attachments in my local area for both new and used JD/frontier loader attachments. Yes the skid steer attachments are cheaper but the biggest reasoning I'm wanting to make my loader accept them is for the fact that skid steer attachments are easily available plus there are far more options for different attachments.
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    OK...so lets go at this a different way, please indulge me

    What attachments that will work on a SSL (skid steer loader) will also work well on a compact tractors loader? There are really only three IMO, a bucket, forks, and a lightweight grapple-all of which is readily available in the JDQA format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    OK...so lets go at this a different way, please indulge me

    What attachments that will work on a SSL (skid steer loader) will also work well on a compact tractors loader? There are really only three IMO, a bucket, forks, and a lightweight grapple-all of which is readily available in the JDQA format.
    Yup you already said it for me, buckets, blades, grapples and forks. Like you said there's only so much that can be done with a compact tractor loader. I scour the local classifieds and regularly finding forks (which are pretty much the same as any other, just forks) but I'm finding grapples of different configurations really easy and hate to say it, much cheaper than those I have looked at online for a JD. Plus I have already went and seen them with my own eyes and that's not something I have been able to do with JD attachments. I accumulate hours/wear fairly quick and trade tractors somewhat often so I am trying to plan ahead in terms of not limiting myself to attachments that will only work with a JD loader. I like my Deere a lot and most likely will purchase another Deere but it's possible that I will not. It may not make sense to many on here but in my mind I'm trying to get implements and attachments that will be universal across other machines/brands. I do not want to end up with another brand down the road and try selling my current Deere with everything I have accumulated for it as a package which doesn't work out well often as buyers will only want the tractor and certain implements (been there and done that numerous times) leaving me with some attachments that I'm trying to sell separately. I may be wrong but it seems like it would make most sense to make my current loader accept SS attachments and buy what I'm needing now for attachments and have them for however long they last me into the future regardless of what I use them on. I have been looking at some smaller open station tractors recently to fill a gap that the 3520 with cab as created. Over the weekend I looked at a small skid steer and it's got my mind going in another direction. It would be a very nice bonus to have attachments that could be used on the tractor or skid steer if I choose to go with one in the near future as well.
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    Not sure this will help but I just rented a 319E skid steer and I was reminded of why I don't like FELs for skid steer type work: hydraulics are too slow, can't properly see the front of the bucket, can't easily tell when the bucket is level and the overall tractor/FEL length makes maneuvering difficult. The versatility of the skid steer attachments are awesome for the skid steer but not so much for the tractor. My main use was brush cutting some pretty rough terrain and the skid steer was the only option. And if I still has my 4320, I would feel the same way.

    If I didn't have fields to maintain, I would be very tempted to go with only a skid steer as my primary vehicle because of the attachment versitility that is now available. It would still be JD yellow though.
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