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Hello,

Thought I would share my latest project. Some of you may have seen my progress elsewhere. However, thought the new club might be interested in the developments.

After contemplating a BH for my x495, I decided last summer I wanted to try to find one. I'd never seen one on a x495, other than a quick video posted on youtube of a Wallenstein on a x595. I finally located a good Kwik-Way model 51 that was previously on a Case Ingersoll GT. After a few weeks of intense negotiation, the owner finally agreed to sell it to me.

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My goal was to make it a quick-tatch full frame mounted implement. However, Kwik-Way never made a subframe for the x495 or x700 series. They did make one for the 424, 445, 455. So, I contacted KW and they were kind enough to send me the 400 series literature. I had tried to see if I could retrofit the Case sub frame that came with it, but that appeared to be impractical.

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So, I designed my own frame to use the Click-N-Go hardware and tied the belly frame back to the 45 loader frame. Since this was going to require some metal fabrication, I mocked it out of wood to make all my plan changes prior to working with the metal.



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Impressive sir! I can't wait to see the end result with some action photos. :good2:
 

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Part 2 - John Deere x495 Backhoe Project (Frame work)

After making some modifications to my original drawings, I found a few local hydrojet cutters and sent it out for bid. I'm always a little hesitant to go with the lowest bid, but the guy was only about 5 miles from my house. After meeting with him (Tom), I felt comfortable and hired him to cut to my specs. I tacked the pieces then he did the final welds for me. My welder could not get nearly hot enough for some of the pieces. Tom also did a much nicer job than me and my little Lincoln could have ever done with the final welds. Since this would be under stress, I needed it welded right.

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Wow what a project. It looks great, thanks for sharing!


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That looks like quite a project! *pulls up a chair to watch*
 

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Part 3 - John Deere x495 Backhoe Project (Hydraulics)

I spent a lot of time thinking about the hydraulics. I'll be the first to admit, this was new to me. Some friends from another forum (MTF) really helped me out. I had decided that I wanted this BH to be able to be installed on any x700 series machine without modification. I also wanted separate hydraulics from the 45 loader so that I would not over tax my machine. I decided to use a belly mounted pump from a Deere hydraulic tiller. After some research, I found this would not be an inexpensive way to go. However, I was patient and finally found one I wanted on ebay. It was about half the cost of new, still a kings ransom though!

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I needed an external tank, so I found a 2.5 gal one at Northern.

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Had to relocate the return port on the tank due to where I put my feet. Used a stamped weld in collar.

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After doing some math, it became clear that the tiller pump was too big. I would putting out twice as much flow as needed. That was going to heat up my system and cause for a jerky ride. So, I reluctantly had to search and buy a new pump. Keeping with the what would Deere use theme, I located another smaller Eaton series 26 pump. This pump allowed me to reuse my lines from the larger pump. This saved me a few bucks in fittings. One problem, the original was a 3/4 keyed shaft. The new pump was 11/16. Missed that in the Eaton specs. Has to use a reducer. After trying to make my own, I located a auto racing spindle shim. Worked perfect after some modification.

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Had to drill and tap the yoke for a blind set for extra security

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Part 4 - John Deere x495 Backhoe Project (Final mock up and testing)

Here we are to today. I finished the final mocking up of the frame assemblies this afternoon with my Dad as my right hand man. Filled it with oil and we gave it a test. This has been a long winter project, but I was so happy to see it working. Now I need to disassemble and paint. Also, working on the swivel seat. Need some warmer weather now.

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Made some inside gussets for extra security up top, don't trust the click-n-go pins enough.

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Really a monumental project and glad to see it near finished!!!

"Working on swivel seat..." Well, whatever you do DON'T use a stock JD swivel BH mech.! I'm on my second one in 1.5 years and this new one is worse than the old one! Seeing your work you could do a much better job of design and production than the Kindergarten engineers that did JD's seat efforts! AND, consider me a "potential customer" for any extra seat design prototypes that might happen to be lying around later on...!:laugh:
 

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To be honest, I originally was not going to use the jd bh seat mount due to cost. However, I came across one and think that is the direction I'm going in.
 

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Totally impressed with your project and the results!

I have been looking for years for a decently priced second hand backhoe
like that to put on my IH 274 30 HP diesel in much the same way as
you did.
Just missed one a year and a half ago by 1 day for $2500,
had the PTO driven hydraulic pump/hoses and hydraulic tank with it,
still kicking myself repeatedly over that.
Like you, I will have to use a PTO driven hydraulic pump.

Still looking for one and encouraged by your results.
In fact, saved all your photos and vid to my backhoe file :)
 

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Agree with others, impressive. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Very impressive project :thumbup1gif:
 

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Really impressive!! :good2: Those are some really meaty metal parts in your fabrication, any idea of the total weight of the mounted attachment? My x495 was AWS and could not take a loader so would also probably preclude clearing that full frame mount...

Keep us posted on the swivel seat and more action videos would be much appreciated. Let us know when you get to do some real digging...

Chuck
 

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Seems fine, not that bouncy. But, it is tough to say for sure. It was not completely bolted down for the test run and I have my 47 snow blower on the front. Which, is lighted than the 45 loader that I will be running.
 
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