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Front End Loader Question

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Tim H

01-04-2000 19:02:57

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Has anyone ever seen a front end loader (possibly made by Ford) that has only one arm, on the left side. It has only one lift cylinder and a lever-cable-latch system to dump the bucket. I have not seen one personally, but was told about it. I am trying to determine who manufactured it, when, and for what tractors. Any help is appreciated.

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01-06-2000 13:57:57

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 Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Tim H, 01-04-2000 19:02:57  
I have one of those blue one armed bandits mounted on a 3600 Ford diesel. I have found it to be easy to put on and take off. I have used this loader in the woods, barnlots, landscaping and for tearing out old fencerows and it has been handy to have around. I would have preferred to have a hydraulic bucket but this loader didn't cost me anything so I am not going to complain too loudly. I was quite surprised at how much work this little loader can do.

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Tim H

01-05-2000 14:52:47

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 Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Tim H, 01-04-2000 19:02:57  
Thanks for all the information. From your answers I learned that the "one arm bandit" does exist, is most likely a Ford model 711, and was a sturdy loader despite having only one arm. Thanks again.

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01-07-2000 08:37:42

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 Re: Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Tim H, 01-05-2000 14:52:47  
Just happened to be in a cd/video/book store yesterday and saw a book by Randy Leffingwell on the history of Ford tractors. Sorry, don't remember the exact title, but there on page 182 was a picture of a one armed loader identified as a model 711 in the caption. I believe it was mounted on a 2000 in the pic but I can't remember that either.

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01-05-2000 01:58:12

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 Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Tim H, 01-04-2000 19:02:57  
I've seen 2. Big honkin' arm. Dad said stay away from them, break a lot of frames that way...


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01-04-2000 20:44:07

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 Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Tim H, 01-04-2000 19:02:57  
You are referring to the model 711 loader. It was introduced in the early 60's I think. It was available with either a mechanical or a hydraulic bucket.

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01-04-2000 20:42:32

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 Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Tim H, 01-04-2000 19:02:57  
I have a book here titled "Ford Farm Tractors" by Randy Leffingwell (1998). On page 181 there is a picture of a 861 Ford tractor with a model 711 Ford "one-arm loader". I do believe I read somewhere else that they were called the "one arm bandit". Anyway, they were advertised as offering operators the benefit of much greater visibility.

I've never seen one personally. Can't imagine how they would ever hold up to even moderate usage!

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01-05-2000 08:57:50

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 Re: Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Bern, 01-04-2000 20:42:32  
Those one-arm 711 loaders stood up quite well. Dad had one on an 801 SOS after I had left the farm in the 1960s, but I used it on visits and it worked great. I have recently seen three others here in Iowa and Minnesota and not one of them had a twisted frame. Problem: They require a specific mounting kit for each model( a different kit for an NAA than for a 600) and sometimes a few important pieces are missing! And, you don't know what that piece is. A user of this site advertized one for sale in classifieds recently. The real advantage of these is that they are relatively easy to put on and off and the mounting brackets that stay with the tractor are much less obtrusive than a conventional mounting frame for a good loader. An option was hydraulic bucket control, but I have never seen one so equipped.


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01-04-2000 19:14:02

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 Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Tim H, 01-04-2000 19:02:57  
There were several mechanical buckets, (trip-loaders) made. I have a book for my 772 Ford loader that shows the same loader with a mechanical bucket, but the lever for the trip mechanism is on the right side. Festus

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01-04-2000 21:18:44

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 Re: Re: Front End Loader Question in reply to Festus, 01-04-2000 19:14:02  
our local ford-new holland called it a barn yard special.he sold a few to local farmers years ago with manure buckets on them.they were a cheap way to go if you didn't need a heavy duty loader.there is one on a NAA about 20 miles from were i live and is still being used.

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