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Re: front end loader strength

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When my gramps had the lime spreading business in NY, we had several stockpiles around the area to load from, so had a bunch of loader tractors over the years. TO-20 and 30, 340 Utility, Fordson Major Diesel (with manual steering- miserable sucker to steer with a full bucket), 2wd Trojan, 4wd Michigan 75A, and the one he kept after selling the business for plowing snow and loading coal, a big-bore 8N with a step-through Wagner loader that had been rode hard. Loaded tires and a 55 gal drum on the 3pt drawbar filled with old cylinder heads topped off with lime for a counterweight, and they figured the weight per bucketful of Basic Bulk lime at 900lbs when loading. By the time it came home from lime pile duty, the front axle was seriously tweaked, had a lot of camber and steered pretty stiff. Tough old buggar though, I plowed snow before the school bus many days with it, 8 volt battery to start better, and the big-bore engine was pretty strong. We used to use it to change and adjust the rear wheels on the 706D's, and it would pick up the unloaded 13.6-38's OK, but not the loaded 15.5's with weights, had to kind of scoot those across the ground- you didn't even think about the loaded 18.4-34's with weights

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