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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. :thumbup1gif:
 

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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.:bigthumb:
 

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Nice, great idea. :bigthumb:
 

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:good2::good2::good2::good2:

Definitely a thing of beauty. Well done!
 

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spferdil, Good idea, Nice job. :thumbup1gif:
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!:good2:
 

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And when will Ken's Bolt on Hooks be offering this add on?
 

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Very impressive. I need to learn welding. It's a great idea to use the FEL mount for the step.
 

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I'm interested to see if you're able to leave the step in place with you MMM installed. I don't like to step on the mower deck but going straight to the platform is a little awkward.


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Well thought out, made mostly out of stuff you already had and gorilla strong!
Impressive:good2::good2:
 

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I have the MMM back on my 1025r and thought I would update this to show that I have adequate clearance between the step and the deck. Good thing I guessed at this before building it, I probably wouldn't have gotten this close had I measured it beforehand.:laugh:

This picture shows the deck all the way up in Lock position. It raises higher than this to allow turning the height knob and then drops down onto the cam, where this picture was taken. I couldn't hold the lift button to raise it to max height and take a picture also, not enough hands. But there is probably a good 1/8th inch clearance at that max height.

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The picture shows that the step is actually lower than the guide bar on the deck.

This picture is looking straight down to show it clears the nut and bolt sticking up from the deck.

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One thing I hadn't really thought of is that with the deck on the tractor you have to be standing further away from the tractor before getting on since the deck sticks out a ways. So you have to step over the end of the deck to get to the step. This may take some getting used to but I still think it will be better than stepping on the deck.

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:good2:I think it's a great add on. and I know first hand how much a step does help. I don't think i could go back to not having mine on either. enjoy it.
 

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Ken's Bolt on Hooks

And when will Ken's Bolt on Hooks be offering this add on?
Agree, Ken . . . What do you think? Could you offer something like this? :cowboy:
 

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Agree, Ken . . . What do you think? Could you offer something like this? :cowboy:
I'll do some :think:ing on it...
But there are a lot of parts to that design, and a lot of fabrication so what on the surface seems like just a "simple step" is really quite involved when you break it down to the manufacturing level.

Here is question for ya...What would YOU PAY for it?
 

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I'll do some :think:ing on it...
But there are a lot of parts to that design, and a lot of fabrication so what on the surface seems like just a "simple step" is really quite involved when you break it down to the manufacturing level.

Here is question for ya...What would YOU PAY for it?
The step as designed is great. This receiver version has to be more expensive than a fixed version. Without checking materials and time I suspect a fixed version in the $50 - $75 range would work. Getting on the :greentractorride: is a chore at my age and physical condition. I believe this would be 'the cats meow!!'

Sign me up, call it your contribution to ADA. :thumbup1gif:
 

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I'll do some :think:ing on it...
But there are a lot of parts to that design, and a lot of fabrication so what on the surface seems like just a "simple step" is really quite involved when you break it down to the manufacturing level.

Here is question for ya...What would YOU PAY for it?
The step as designed is great. This receiver version has to be more expensive than a fixed version. Without checking materials and time I suspect a fixed version in the $50 - $75 range would work. Getting on the :greentractorride: is a chore at my age and physical condition. I believe this would be 'the cats meow!!'

Sign me up, call it your contribution to ADA. :thumbup1gif:
May as well make it work for the 2 series also.
 
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