John Deere Loader QA Projects

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KennyG

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This winter I've made a couple of loader attachments for my John Deere 200CX loader. Like others I was a little concerned that the JD system is proprietary and not skid steer, but I've come to like it. It's really easy to fabricate attachments and I think the system is lighter than a SSQA, which is important for small tractors with limited lift capacity.

I picked up another Harbor Freight quick hitch and welded on structure for the loader attachments. I bought the John Deere hooks and made the lower pins from Cat 3 top link pins. It should be handy for trailer moving and it should give me a lot more lift with my boom pole.

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The second project was loader forks. I picked up some used 42" forks some time ago. The frame top member is a 2x3 and the lower member is a 2x2. I found a reasonable deal on fork rails although now it seems like it would have been as easy to just use flat bar. I've got about $200 total in this setup.

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My only suggestion would be to kick the bottom of your fork frame out a little bit so you can curl the forks back more. When I made mine I tried to get the forks fairly close to level when the bucket level indicator rod is flush. That way logs don't roll off as easy going through a ditch, and I don't have to worry about hitting the grill if I dump the forks all the way when the loader is raised. Can your forks hit the grill?

With that said yours are much shinier than mine and look great!
 
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Nice job Kenny, I too really like the JDQA setup. Simple, light, and easy to copy.

Also Texasranger is correct, you may need to kick the bottom out some to mimic the angle of the bucket, otherwise getting the forks level on the ground is impossible.

Here is how I did my homemade ones years ago before I upgraded to the Artillian fork system.

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This winter I've made a couple of loader attachments for my John Deere 200CX loader. Like others I was a little concerned that the JD system is proprietary and not skid steer, but I've come to like it. It's really easy to fabricate attachments and I think the system is lighter than a SSQA, which is important for small tractors with limited lift capacity.

I picked up another Harbor Freight quick hitch and welded on structure for the loader attachments. I bought the John Deere hooks and made the lower pins from Cat 3 top link pins. It should be handy for trailer moving and it should give me a lot more lift with my boom pole.

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where did you buy the 'hooks'?
Thanks
 
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I used the John Deere parts - W43359 is the number. Some people make their own but they are less than $15 each and make it pretty simple. I got mine from greenfarmparts.com.
 
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I used the John Deere parts - W43359 is the number. Some people make their own but they are less than $15 each and make it pretty simple. I got mine from greenfarmparts.com.

Thanks
 
 
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