Converting my pin on loader to a skid steer quick attach system

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   / Converting my pin on loader to a skid steer quick attach system
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Well I spent the morning in the shop until around noon when I ran out of gas (for the welder) and I wasn't far behind...LOL
Stay tuned, It will be a couple of days before I can get some gas. I was able to get it tacked up pretty solid so I could run the bucket through it's paces and it seems to work well.
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Looking good. :thumbsup:

Do you have enough room for the handle to go "over center"? You can grind off some metal where it hits, if needed:

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Xfzaxman, Yes they do go over center a tad, I'm confident it's enough. If not I will break out the plasma cutter :laughing:
 
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I had to cut the cylinder pins off about 3/4"
I got a new bottle of gas today and finished welding the latch boxes, got them painted and installed. Now I need to finish welding the bucket. I am going to go to the dealership and see if they have a used bucket , I would like one about 66" wide , mine is only 60" which is barely as wide as the rear tires. Plus I don't need to have my "wood" bucket with all the hardware for the thumb on unless I need it.
I found a woods 7500 backhoe that is missing the plates for hard mounting it, I guess the old guy got a new backhoe and used his old plates. I will have to call and see if I can purchase mounting hardware for my old tractor.
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In post 12 of the last two pics, shouldn't that top angle bar come off first then grind down all weld so's that backing plate fits tight against the bucket......
 
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In post 12 of the last two pics, shouldn't that top angle bar come off first then grind down all weld so's that backing plate fits tight against the bucket......

You are probably right but because the top angle is 3/8 thick and welded solid that's not going to happen. If it becomes an issue I will cut some strips with the plasma cutter to fill the void and then weld it in. These plates are rugged and the price is right (85 bucks shipped) I knew it wasn't going to lay flat but C'est la vie! Plus it's difficult to see but at the bottom of the bucket there are two strips, for wear I think, that are 3/8 by about 4" that wrap under the bucket and up the back about 4" , if you notice I had to add strips to flush the bottom of the plate out. I intend to buy a new wider bucket for dirt work and just use this one for firewood/brush duty with the thumb on it.
 
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The nice thing about doing it this way it really doesn't add any distance out to the bucket which should help with some weight.
 
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Nice job!

You should weld something on to connect the two new quick connect plates. This can help with both hyd cylinders moving together too. Not just what ever one has the least pressure on it.
 
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With all the threads on here about twisting the connecting tube, I would not put one on.

If you retract the curl cylinders all the way before you hook up the attachment, it should work OK. If one side moves first, it will stop when it contacts the attachment plate. When the other side contacts the attachment plate, raise a little and curl back to seat the quick attach, then latch the levers.
 
 
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