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    Front end loader for 2305

    Been thinking about getting a front end loader assembly for my 2305 to expand it's usefulness. Just had a section of land bushogged and have two piles of branches and limbs. One pile has to be moved about 30 feet before it can be burned. The other one is down by the bayou and won't be burned due to my hoses not being that long. That one will have to be moved piecemeal as I'm getting to old to try it in one go. And just had a 1000 gallon septic system installed as the old one went bad. I'm now the proud owner of about 6 yards of clay and dirt and no way no how am I even going to even entertain any thoughts of shoveling it. Anything I need to know about front end loaders?, ballast box?. Thanks Frank

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    I have a 2305 and FEL with ballast box and have done many projects like what you planning to do. I like using the ballast box because you have a lot of weight taking up space behind the tractor but I if you have a box blade that works to. For moving brush I have a set of pallet forks from Artillian I think I use them more than the bucket and it is a great product.

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    The 2305 was available with the 200CX loader when bought new. But the 200CX may no longer be available, My bet is the H130 is available with the correct brackets for the 2305. Who knows, maybe the H120 is too. You'll want to talk to your salesman and see if there's the correct mounting brackets available for your tractor. I was unable to find that info on JD's site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    The 2305 was available with the 200CX loader when bought new. But the 200CX may no longer be available, My bet is the H130 is available with the correct brackets for the 2305. Who knows, maybe the H120 is too. You'll want to talk to your salesman and see if there's the correct mounting brackets available for your tractor. I was unable to find that info on JD's site.
    I am in the same position as you. I am looking to add a FEL to my 2305 as well.

    I went to the build it yourself section of the JD site and according to it the H130 replaces the obsolete 200CX.

    There has been some posts regarding the parking stands and clearence on some of the new loaders so I am curious if anyone else has put a H130 on a 2305 and what the fit is like. The issues I've read were with the new 1 series, not the 2305. I think they are on the 3rd generation of the parking stand now.

    I have sent Mutton Power Equipment a message asking them to give me a quote. They advertise free shipping and no sales tax.

    The FEL is a great tool. I don't know where my head was when I bought my tractor but it probably had something to do with a conversation with my wife and the budget.....
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    Here is what the H130 brackets look like for the 2305:
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    Mounting Frames (2305 Tractors)
    Cart key PART NO. PART NAME QTY SERIAL NO. REMARKS
    1 14M7299 Flange Nut 4 M12
    2 W51614 Self-Locking Screw 14 12M X 35mm
    3 AW33249 Tie Bar 1
    4 AW33866 Frame 1 RH
    5 AW33867 Frame 1 LH


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    The tractor was the beginning...................you may as well plan on buying a set of forks also.............or maybe not.
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    Lots of people seem to love the ballest box, but I'm not a fan. Seems clunky as well as more inside space to take up. The 4 100# suitcase weights were free to me so that is part of why I like the Omni system. The Omni Transformer is super handy to have on and when I need the weight I just hang the suitcase weights on it for extra ballest. I'm sure either way has its selling points, but I'm a way bigger fan of the Omni hitch way. Just my $.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Frank46, rtgt,
    The tractor was the beginning...................you may as well plan on buying a set of forks also.............or maybe not.
    If you do I bet they get double the use the bucket does. I know mine do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 636mullet View Post
    Lots of people seem to love the ballest box, but I'm not a fan. Seems clunky as well as more inside space to take up. The 4 100# suitcase weights were free to me so that is part of why I like the Omni system. The Omni Transformer is super handy to have on and when I need the weight I just hang the suitcase weights on it for extra ballest. I'm sure either way has its selling points, but I'm a way bigger fan of the Omni hitch way. Just my $.02.

    -636
    636 - I agree with you. To me the ballast box has limited use. If you were just gonna use forks, I could see using a BB. I use a loader for dirt. I had a loader on my 2210. Using the loader I either had a box blade or pulverizer on. The pulverizer was almost the max weight the 3pt could lift. I made a bracket for my box blade to hang my weights on.


    As far as the forks go......I'd have them in a minute if I had the $. I've got the budget master (also known as the wife) to agree with the loader. Once she see's that it is useful (for projects she wants done) then maybe I'll have the opportunity to expand its capabilities.

    Unlike the loader, the forks are easy to add after the purchase. The loader is too, but it would have been easier to finance it all togeather at the lower interest rate.
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