I have a loader that I built for my 318 in 2012, I'd like to convert it for use on my new 1023e
I have used it, mounted to the stock front implement mounting points on my 318 since 2012 on countless projects (from digging landscape stuff, to spreading 22yards of gravel on my 200+ ft long driveway).
I wont say nothing has broken... but I will say age, mowing 2.5 acres twice a week, and snow-blowing in upstate NY were more likely causes than the loader. (the steering cylinder bracket pulled off the frame... mowing and blowing see a lot of "lock to lock" action.. loading, I am very careful not to go to the locks when loaded)
I will say nothing has broken while using the loader, and I do not believe it has caused breakage nor undue wear.
Some might think that I overworked the 318.. My bucket weighs almost 3/5ths (313lb) of the "made for this tractor" Deere 44 loader(500lb), the tractor to bucket load moment is not much further off the front axle(unlike some "loaders" i've seen for sale..wow..), the bucket is smaller capacity and it only lifts to 44 inches.
I did add a 3rd spool, because using a shutoff valve on the rear 3point/mower lift to try and differentiate was a joke and exercise in futility... this is part of why I went 1023e instead of X700s series (no third spool...lighter frame)
I have picked up 700+lbs with it, and it weighs 313lbs by itself. (I did this once, ballasted by my landscape rake)
I am selling the 318, but, as I really don't need any more height nor bucket capacity than what my loader can already do (and..I built it.. so I am emotionally attached to it)... I'd like to use it on my 1023e.
I've no issue with my fabrication skills...every part of this loader, including the bucket and tooth bar, was built from common steel tubing and flat metal.
The only thing I did not build, were the hydraulic cylinders and hose fittings (I even pressed the hose ends on)
I can cut out and reconfigure the mount easily... My thought, is to get an extra LVA22590 and build off of that.
(it's the plate that's in the BLV10796 front quick hitch adapter kit ($273).. cheaper than the part alone($450)..odd.. )
I'll see how heavy duty that plate is when my tractor arrives (hopefully this week) and decide.
My question is.. has anyone done any custom mounting of "non standard" implements to the front of the 1023e, 1025r, or 1026 frame?
I see companies like heavy hitch building weight brackets claiming capacity for 8)70lb weights(560lbs) hanging of the quick attach mounts. The 1023e frame looks considerably heavier than the 318 frame(the X700 series did not)... the only concern I have is the distance between my mounting pins.. the quick attach pins are close together.
I will have to be careful of the cylinder force... the 3" cylinders running on the 950psi 318 Deere system, will behave differently on the 1023e's 2000+ psi
My sales guy at Deere says the weight, if it worked fine on my 318, wont hurt the 1023e at all, nor void any warranties as long as I don't alter the tractor itself... but (of course..) they wont be responsible if it doesn't fit right and hits the grill or something, or if I exceed the front axle weight capacity(1349lbs continuous)
The 120R, for this tractor, that weighs 625lbs can lift 800lbs at the pins...no worries there.
Please share any thoughts or ideas.
The one idea that I am guessing most will offer... Sell it, then add $1000-1500 more cash to buy the one that fits(the D120 is ~$2600 quoted), is already being considered.