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Bruce (VA)

10-28-2012 19:55:44

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I've got 3 8N's; one trailer queen & 2 workers. One of the workers is a 1951 w/ a Freeman loader. If I could only own one N, it would not have a loader on it. The N doesn't have PS, so a loader makes it very difficult to steer. (my wife can't drive it) Stopping it on a down slope w/ a full bucket is a real joy as well. Maneuvering around trees, etc, w/ that bucket out there isn't fun either. Some require you to chain the lift arms down to operate the loader. And, try a simple 5 minute repair job (points replacement) w/ some loaders attached & you will not be happy. Worst of all, the N wasn't designed to carry the weight of the loader & the load, so be prepared for split radius rods & worn out front end parts.

As an alternative, a rear scoop bucket on an N works very well.

As to ease of's not going to happen. The old loaders weren't meant to come off & on in 5 minutes like the new ones.

I built a frame to hold the lift cylinders, arms & bucket for my loader. I drive in & 20 - 30 minutes later & a lot of lost fluid, it's off.

There were at least 5 (& probably more) loaders built for N's; Wagner, Freeman, Dearborn, Davis & Sauder come to mind. Each has certain advantages over the other, (e.g., the Sauder does detach quicker) but all share the common disadvantages I mentioned above.

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10-28-2012 21:47:37

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 Re: front loader in reply to Bruce (VA), 10-28-2012 19:55:44  
thanks for the info.i am retired now and was thinking it would be handy and take a load off my old body.i have worked an operated construction machinery my whole life,i can'tseem to let go.i overhauled my n and it runs good,just looking to keep busy and still have fun. thank you for your input,richard..

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10-29-2012 08:31:56

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 Re: front loader in reply to RLDICK, 10-28-2012 21:47:37  

This is my late 1950 8N ford with loader and Scout back hoe. Poor thing only gets used once in a blue moon but sure is handy when you need to dig a hole

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10-29-2012 15:51:33

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 Re: front loader in reply to old, 10-29-2012 08:31:56  
what is that in front of that a 21 scraper in background

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10-29-2012 17:09:31

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 Re: front loader in reply to pconnie, 10-29-2012 15:51:33  
In front of the radiator is a cement counter weight to off set the weight of the back hoe. The counter weight is around 500lbs. In the back ground is a 1967 Cat 950 articulating loader and if comes in around 40,000lbs and has a 2.5 yard bucket on it

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