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    A Step For My 1025r

    I've read several other threads where members have fabricated steps for their machines and I've been wanting one for mine. So I finally decided to see what I could come up with. When the MMM is on my 1025r I use it for a step getting on and off. But when the deck is not on that 20" step up is more than I really like.

    When doing a project like this I try for 2 things:

    1) The KISS principle.
    2) Use whatever material I already have on hand as much as possible.

    I don't have the backhoe sub-frame, so after checking underneath I decided the easiest place to mount something was under the FEL mount. I wanted a step that would be easy to take off if needed so decided to use a 1.25" trailer-hitch receiver tube as the mount.

    Started with these, a receiver tube and 3 feet of 1" x 1/4" steel. I had the steel on hand, got the tube from Ebay.
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    Cut the flat steel into the needed pieces with my ancient bandsaw.
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    Drilled the needed holes.
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    Welded it all together.
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    A grinder and a little green paint improved the looks.
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    Installed on tractor.
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    I had originally thought I might just use a regular hitch insert without the ball for a step but after plugging one in that I had on hand as a test, I didn't like it.
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    I decided it needed a bigger flat step area. Looked at buying a different one but found nothing that I liked any better than what I had, so decided to just make a step piece. Again, used the material I had on hand, some 1.25" square tubing and some 3 x 3/8" flat stock.
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    Cut and welded these parts.
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    I just guesstimated how low to make the step, hoping it won't interfere with the MMM. 'Cause at the time I did this the deck was stored in another building and I couldn't get to it to put it on because everything was so wet. So if it proves to be a problem I can take the step off when using the deck by just pulling a pin. But I have the deck on less and less anyway.

    Dedided to paint this piece JD yellow for better visibility.
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    Then decided some anti-slip material might not be a bad idea.
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    This makes that first step about half as high as before, which my legs and knees really appreciate.
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    I like that. thanks for the pictures. I like its removable.
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    Nice fab work.
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    Nice, wish I had the time and talent to make one. . . . Too many other projects but it's stored in the head for a winter build.
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    Nice, great idea.
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    Definitely a thing of beauty. Well done!
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    spferdil, Good idea, Nice job.
    I like it.
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    Sweet step looks good and functional


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    That looks great, and the color was a good decision!
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    And when will Ken's Bolt on Hooks be offering this add on?
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