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    newer member; hello and my mods to date

    I inherited a 2305 this spring. Things have finally slowed down enough for me to actually make a post other than to lurk and ask a question here or there. Thanks to all for all of the things I have learned by reading and knowing how to use the search button!

    My tractor was bone stock with a loader and mower deck on it when I got it. 8 hours on the meter. A current shot of it:

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    Since then I have added some hooks to the bucket. My goodness all buckets should come with some hooks on them! And what would they cost a manufacturer? gees.

    Anyways, I decided to use the grossly overrated tow hooks from harbor freight. All about price. After test placing them on the bucket I decided it needed some additional backing. I dug through the steel pile and pulled out some 2 x 3 x 3/8 angle. Hey, I had it.

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    I borrowed a rear blade from a guy at work. I quickly thought I needed a quick hitch. Harbor junk to the rescue again. I first reworked the hook. Opened the inside up to about 1.25" and square. Then I drilled and tapped in the center of the mounting holes while adding a third. It helps being a machinist by trade! Last I took a clevis pin and cut to length. Then I drove a pointed bolt into it to hold in in place. The bottom was able to use the stock bolt since it was now approx. 2 holes lower. I plan on replacing the top round as soon as I remember to get a chunk from work. However this thin one seems to be working for now...

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    Next was a rear weight. figured that out the first time I attempted to lift something heavy. looked in the manual and read about the counterweights they required. Well I wasn't buying the jd weight box. I didn't want to weight the tires or fill them as I planned on mowing with it. We had this rim at work. It is from the steel mill, from a coil carrier vehicle. The rim has a wall thickness of about an inch. We made a new one from this bent sample. So i brought it home and dug through the steel pile again. Came up with some 10 inch c channel that was about the correct length, well close enough for me! I welded that on the bottom and a pc of i beam to catch the top hook and keep it from swinging. this was ok but soon realized that setting it down on soft ground caused it to sink and the pins were too low to re hook. so I found a chunk of reese hitch and a some 3 inch square tubing and welded that on the bottom. It seems to work great now. i have about 150 pounds extra inside it of misc metal and multi hitch. I like this one because it keeps the weight closer to the tractor so I can maneuver better out in the woods with it. It also takes less space to store.

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    About this time I picked up a rear blade of my own. Tractor supply 5 foot model. The first thing I noticed is that the tractor does not lift this implement too high. I went scrounging at work and came up with some 3/4 x 3" stock. I drilled it and bolted it to where the pins should have been. I then moved the pins about 3.25 lower to match the second set of holes in the upper mount. Yes, I know it is only about 3 inches but %wise that is a lot. I plan on putting it through its paces this winter and then weld and paint in the spring if all goes well.

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    I also threw together this trailer mover out of stuff laying around, seems to work out good. I have a few more lil things planned for it before it is finished enough to make pretty. I liked the heavy hitch thread recently so it may get that treatment. I also want to add a pipe(or 2) for a tool holder to it. I'm hopping in the spring we have a load of parts at work going to the powder coater!

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    I also added some mirrors to my loader. That hole in the top seems to be made for them. These are truck blind spot ones from advance auto. About $9 each. Great for that quick look to the rear without turning around!

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    So, sorry for the rambling, and thanks for reading and all the inspiration here!

    -Aaron
    2010 2305
    200cx loader and 62"mmm
    artillian pallet forks
    modified harbor freight quick hitch
    5' rear blade
    47" snowblower and 54" front blade
    custom weight cylinder
    custom 3 pt 2" receiver
    3 pt carryall

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    Look like you have been busy!
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    Great stuff Aaron, thanks for posting!
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    Those are great mods. Thanks for the pics and write up. That rear weight is probably my fave, it will really do the job!
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    Rambling Required.

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    So, sorry for the rambling, and thanks for reading and all the inspiration here!

    -Aaron
    Keep on rambling as you call it, I call it great material. You do very nice work Aaron.

    Just one tinny piece of advice, you have enough content here for several very good threads. Please in the future, break them down into seperate threads and then just elaborate on your builds and the detail. We're certainly going to want see more of your handy work.

    Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship.
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    Aaron:

    Great write up and pictures. Nice work also.

    Does the casting that the mirror is bolted to say, "Made in China"? I hope to have a 2320 next year. But, are parts of the loader made in China? I can almost deal with a Japan built engine, but I am really tired of having to buy things made in China. It is no wonder that unemployment is high - we don't make anything here anymore. It won't stop me from buying a John Deere, but I don't like it.

    Keep sending the ideas and pictures.

    Thanks,
    Don
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    Aaron:

    Great write up and pictures. Nice work also.

    Does the casting that the mirror is bolted to say, "Made in China"? I hope to have a 2320 next year. But, are parts of the loader made in China? I can almost deal with a Japan built engine, but I am really tired of having to buy things made in China. It is no wonder that unemployment is high - we don't make anything here anymore. It won't stop me from buying a John Deere, but I don't like it.

    Keep sending the ideas and pictures.

    Thanks,
    Don
    All I will say for now is "Sorry" Don
    Kenny

    -John Deere 3720 Deluxe Cab TLB
    FEL, MMM, Artillian 42" Forks and Modular Grapple, I-Match, Ballast Box, and lots of other STUFF.
    -John Deere 455 w/60" MMM


    Bolt on Grab Hooks and other cool stuff are now for sale!!

    Visit our YouTube Channel

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    John Deere 3720 Deluxe Cab, 300cx FEL, 366 Front Blade, 59" Front Snowblower, Ballast Box
    Artillian 3K Forks, Grapple, Front-Hoe Bucket
    John Deere 455, 60" MMM

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    Kenny:

    Thanks for the comforting words. I will always have John Deere. I have had green blood since 1953, and I realize that there are John Deere factories and sales branches in China. But, it aggravates the hell out of me. In my feeble brain, global economy is: Build it in North America and ship it all over the world. How long will it be before we have John Deere equipment with, "Made in Russia" on it?

    OK, I'm off the soapbox for now.

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    Several posts, maybe. Several good posts? Well that is debateable...

    -Aaron
    2010 2305
    200cx loader and 62"mmm
    artillian pallet forks
    modified harbor freight quick hitch
    5' rear blade
    47" snowblower and 54" front blade
    custom weight cylinder
    custom 3 pt 2" receiver
    3 pt carryall

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    When I was working in China a few years back I quite enjoyed the crooked wine glasses!

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