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Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor?

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Cowboy.2010

10-27-2019 19:04:08




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I was wondering if anyone has ever put a 345D front end loader on a 5600 ford? How did it fit? I found a good deal on a 345D loader. I am currently in the process of looking for a 5000-7600 Ford tractor I have been finding several good deals on tractors with out loaders. If anyone has any info I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks




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Sean in PA

10-31-2019 05:57:03




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to Cowboy.2010, 10-27-2019 19:04:08  
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Nice to hear that. My wife usually says I'm full of something else. :shock:



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Cowboy.2010

10-31-2019 04:27:53




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to Cowboy.2010, 10-27-2019 19:04:08  
Thanks for all the replies everyone. This site is always full of information.



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Sean in PA

10-29-2019 04:24:28




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to Cowboy.2010, 10-27-2019 19:04:08  
The Freeman Loader on my 4000 was sold to me as being "for a 3 cylinder 4000", and I got it cheap enough that I didn't pay attention to the way the frame was setup until I got it home. I don't know what tractor it was actually designed for, but it bolted right up to the holes in the bolster and the frame rails were about 5 inches shy of reaching under the rear axle, but there was already an extender bolted to the holes at the end of each frame rail that gave me an extra set of holes 5 inches farther back. The extender was welded C channel with the open side facing down made of 1/8" steel plate with holes drilled into the top plate to bolt it to the loader frame rains and the rear axle. They were pretty worn, mainly the holes had been wallered out, I suspect from it being used with the nuts &bolts not being properly tightened. I replaced them with rectangular plates of 5/8" steel with the same holes drilled in them and put red locktite on the threads when I tightened the bolts down. That was 9 years ago or so, and it has held up well, although I don't do a lot of heavy loader work with it. I imagine you could do something similar to extend the ones on the 345D loader to make it reach the rear axle of the 5600, and maybe even weld the plates in place on the ends of the frame rails once you get everything lined up properly to make it stronger.

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Sean in PA

10-28-2019 14:28:13




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to Cowboy.2010, 10-27-2019 19:04:08  
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Loader frame bolts to the bolster and under the rear axle, and the distance between the holes on bolster and rear axle is longer on a 4 cylinder, so the frame rails on the side would need to be lengthened to reach the rear axle. Once that is accomplished the loader should clear the nose of the tractor since the front of the frame bolts to the same holes on the bolster on both.

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Shaun Wallace

10-27-2019 21:13:32




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to Cowboy.2010, 10-27-2019 19:04:08  
Isnt a 345D a hard nose tractor? Have to make crankshaft driven pump fit somehow. Would need hyd res to supply pump some where.



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Fordfarmer

10-27-2019 21:08:40




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to Cowboy.2010, 10-27-2019 19:04:08  
Would take torch and welder work. 345D is a 3 cylinder, shorter frame than a 4 cylinder 5000/5600/7000



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cowboy.2010

10-28-2019 12:58:00




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to Fordfarmer, 10-27-2019 21:08:40  
Ok that answers my main question that I needed to know. I wasn’t sure if the difference from the 3 cylinder to 4 cylinder would be a problem or if the loader stuck out enough it could work for both easily with out much modification.



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JoeM(GA)

10-29-2019 13:23:56




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to cowboy.2010, 10-28-2019 12:58:00  
just food for thought here, I have a 345C which is the same, the bolster is a bit shorter than I remember the 5000 to be, and there's not tons of room between the nose and the cross support, as said, a welder can do wonders!, Cowboy please yell if I can measure
anything for you.

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Ultradog MN

10-29-2019 02:50:49




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 Re: Will a 345D Loader Fit a 5600 Ford Tractor? in reply to cowboy.2010, 10-28-2019 12:58:00  
As for a torch/welder project I don't think it would be a big job to lengthen the side frames to fit under your rear axles.
As Sean said, the front of the side frames would bolt right to your bolster.
According to tractodata.com the onboard pump on a 5600 puts out nearly 10 gpm.
That would be enough flow to do a lot of useful work.
I think if you could get the loader cheaply it would be worth taking some careful measurements at least.

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