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Decided to convert my 870 tractor with Model 80 pin on bucket to a quick attach. For awhile I was thinking of upgrading to a new series three or four so I could share my quick attach implements. Instead, hayspear.com fabricated a design / build adapter for me. Following are photos of the pin on bucket, the loader plates from Artillian and the adapter installed with the bucket in-tow on its way to the weld shop for conversion.

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Nicely done. I want to do the same thing to my 70A loader on my 955. I could really really use a grapple around here with my brush piles.


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I planned to do the same to my 870 this year, had priced out parts from JD, but wonder if your way and parts might be a cheaper option!
 

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Bucket conversion ready for paint.

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Bucket conversion ready for paint.

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Close-UP of hayspear.com adapter.

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You won’t be sorry you have converted!

The only thing I think could present a little difficulty is the ‘box’ around the area wherever the lower pin will go in your hay spear.com adapter, having it partially enclosed might make it difficult to quickly and easily set the keeper snap rings in the holes of the pins especially with gloves, etc.
 

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Did Hayspear draw that adapter up from scratch, or did they provide a part number for you?
 
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Nice job JTNENEID.
Is the FEL arm spacing the same now on the newer tractors as it was back when the 870 was made?
 
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Did Hayspear draw that adapter up from scratch, or did they provide a part number for you?
Hayspear already was marketing their basic design for the adapter. Since they had not yet built an adapter for the JD model 80, I supplied basic dimensions for the loader pin side. Then, Kenny, at hayspear made a drawing and sent it back to me for final approval before closing the deal.
 

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Nice job JTNENEID.
Is the FEL arm spacing the same now on the newer tractors as it was back when the 870 was made?
I get the impression that the earlier JD loaders were not standard between models. Mine was built in 1988. Off course, new tractors are standard size on the quick attach side for the model class.
 

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Model 80 Loader Arm Width vs JD Quick Attach Bucket

Nice job JTNENEID.
Is the FEL arm spacing the same now on the newer tractors as it was back when the 870 was made?
Gizmo2 -- Further to my previously reply on standard arm widths, see the attached photo. In my case, for the model 80 loader built in 1988, the loader arms do align with the dimensions of the current series one through three quick attach bucket fittings. I am not an expert, just sharing my observations on my tractor.

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Project Finished

Painting done

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Kenny's Hooks re-installed and bucket returned to the loader

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Project Finished

Painting done

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Kenny's Hooks re-installed and bucket returned to the loader

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Decided to convert my 870 tractor with Model 80 pin on bucket to a quick attach. For awhile I was thinking of upgrading to a new series three or four so I could share my quick attach implements. Instead, hayspear.com fabricated a design / build adapter for me. Following are photos of the pin on bucket, the loader plates from Artillian and the adapter installed with the bucket in-tow on its way to the weld shop for conversion.

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80 Loader on 70 Series CUT Tractors Conversion to Quick Attach Fork with JD Parts

I think a lot of creativity when into designing this conversion above. HOWEVER, I converted my 870 with 80 loader to the JD Quick Attach by using JD Parts. It cost about $400 if I recall for the Left and Right "Holders" and the Rod between the two Holders. The Holders can be sourced as parts for the 430 Loader/Tractor. The pin sizes and geometry are the same as is the fork of the loader arms. You simply remove the 80 Loader from its Forks by removing the 4 1" pins and install the two Holders on each fork with custom long 1" pins. Then you install the !" Rod that goes between to two Holders. You now have a QD Loader Fork, ready to attach a QD attachment. A new 61" QD Loader Bucket cost about $700. Titan sells a good QD Pallet Fork (with Bale Spear and Receiver Hitch) for about $400. Depending on the condition of your 80 Loader Bucket, you just sell it to recover some of your costs.

I hardly ever post here but if anyone with 870/970/1070/990 or even the 50/55 Series tractors with 70/75/80 Loaders wants part numbers for the conversion, I will look them up and post them. I have never seen anyone else try this conversion and I was told by several Deere dealers it wouldn't work, but I have two 870s previously with 80 buckets to prove that it does.
 

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Hope you post more info on your 70 series machines. They're great tractors. I lucked out with my 870 already having a newer 300X loader installed on it, by the previous owner.
 

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80 Loader on 70 Series CUT Tractors Conversion to Quick Attach Fork with JD Parts

I think a lot of creativity when into designing this conversion above. HOWEVER, I converted my 870 with 80 loader to the JD Quick Attach by using JD Parts. It cost about $400 if I recall for the Left and Right "Holders" and the Rod between the two Holders. The Holders can be sourced as parts for the 430 Loader/Tractor. The pin sizes and geometry are the same as is the fork of the loader arms. You simply remove the 80 Loader from its Forks by removing the 4 1" pins and install the two Holders on each fork with custom long 1" pins. Then you install the !" Rod that goes between to two Holders. You now have a QD Loader Fork, ready to attach a QD attachment. A new 61" QD Loader Bucket cost about $700. Titan sells a good QD Pallet Fork (with Bale Spear and Receiver Hitch) for about $400. Depending on the condition of your 80 Loader Bucket, you just sell it to recover some of your costs.

I hardly ever post here but if anyone with 870/970/1070/990 or even the 50/55 Series tractors with 70/75/80 Loaders wants part numbers for the conversion, I will look them up and post them. I have never seen anyone else try this conversion and I was told by several Deere dealers it wouldn't work, but I have two 870s previously with 80 buckets to prove that it does.
That’s a very encouraging news. I have been looking for a frame conversion kit for my 870 with 80 loader for years but it never occurred to me until recent to get the “holders” through parts. So I did the part search and if I’m not mistaken, I believe you were referring to 420 loader, not 430? It appears the 430 holders have some “straps” sticking out behind the holders for some extra linkages that would require another hole/bushing/pin on each boom. The 420 looks nearly identical to the 80 in my eyes. In that case it looks like I would need PN# AW28606, AW28607 and W43349 (pin)?

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