They are offering the 0% here at my dealer. Maybe not for 84 months. Good luck.Thanks for your reply PaulL. My tires are not filled but when doing loader work I have the backhoe on as rear ballast. While picking up and moving the cages the ballast of the BH kept me planted but maybe thats not enough?
I laughed hard at the letter of rec for the wife!
I currently have a MMM but was thinking running one off the rear PTO would be a bit better for my applications. I just use the bucket for snow removal now (maybe a plow in the future) so losing the mid pto wouldnt be a concern for me, but good point.
Yea i wish they were still offering the 0% for 84 months.
Can I ask which 3 point forks you have? Also, how easy are they to use on uneven terrain?I have 3pt forks for my B2601. It lifts a hell of a lot more on the rear. Forks are really inexpensive - mine fit both the rear 3ph, and the front (pin on quick attach). Definitely makes sense to try this first, and it could be really useful if it means you can leave your grapple on while you move things - less changing of implements.
I lift things with my 3pt quite high. Neighbours have a bank that I use as a loading bank. I can get things off delivery trucks with my forks, or off my trailer. Just takes a bit of thinking. Sounds like you have a large enough property you could easily build a loading ramp if you wanted. That would allow you to do a lot of things.
On the lift capacity of the L - it's only a little bit more to full height. But full height on an L is a lot more than full height on a B. You need to look at the loader curve - I believe the L loader will lift a lot more than the B to 'just off the ground'.
It sounds like the B is doing most of what you need. If it's only the totes, and if moving to 3ph forks solves that problem, then no new tractor needed.
In terms of calculating weight - my approach would be to work out what the B currently lifts. You say it lifts a half full tote. A full tote will weigh twice as much. If you want to lift a full tote, you need a tractor with twice the lift capacity (if it's working to the same % of its max capacity as the B is). Close enough. The L isn't twice. The MX is getting there, as is the Grand L. That's a lot of tractor to get down your trails though, so a few things would change.
They are just a few clicks away…I thinking if you search 3pt to SSQA adapter plate or reverse plate you will find what you are looking for.I do have front forks already. Is a reverse plate something I would need to fab up or can be purchased and attached to existing forks? I don't have access to a welder.
Good points hodge. A reason for my thinking I may need to upgrade was due to how much excessive stress I may have been putting on the front axles (thats why I wanted to ask here first). If the rear forks would alleviate that stress that may be better for the short term (or long term) or as long as it takes for one of these fine members to talk me into something larger.While your B may muster the job, you also have to look at the long game- how long will the B hold up if you are working it to its max limits?
Depending on how much money difference there is if you do a change, you could possibly pick up a skid steer for that amount of money. We bought a Bobcat 743, $6500, and it is a workhorse. Its lift rating of 1300lbs is pretty good, along with its maneuverability- it will do things that a tractor with a loader won't. Ours handles 1000 lb round bales with ease. It's a thought, if it would be a financial advantage.
I have a smaller and older B7200 that i have used for better part of 30 years. It was asked to move a lot of stuff that pressed it to the limit and beyond and I found lots of workarounds for the bigger jobs.Good points hodge. A reason for my thinking I may need to upgrade was due to how much excessive stress I may have been putting on the front axles (thats why I wanted to ask here first). If the rear forks would alleviate that stress that may be better for the short term (or long term) or as long as it takes for one of these fine members to talk me into something larger.
OOH, something I actually (think I) know. I calculated yesterday that a 275 g tote full of green green ash was about 1250 #. Burr Oak around 1500#. Much less after it dries. The totes seem plenty tough, even after I cut some access holes in a long side.Very good points, thank you. I really have no clue what a full tote weighs loaded with the green oak. Only know what i could lift by trial and error of loading until the B didn't want to move it anymore. I will have to do some math and figure out around what the totes weigh full.
I'm in NZ, so not probably useful to you. They are these ones:Can I ask which 3 point forks you have? Also, how easy are they to use on uneven terrain?
Thank you. I was thinking of trying something like this in the meantime.I'm in NZ, so not probably useful to you. They are these ones:
Novaquip 3 Point link Adjustable Pallet forks (300kg) from Implements Direct, NZs online supplier of 3 point linkage Pallet forks, frames for compact tractors Quality design, construction, high visibility, and adjustability. Ideal for unloading, yard work, farm, agriculture, and warehousing.www.implementsdirect.co.nz
I had them modified to take the pin on quick attach (a couple extra brackets added).
If you already have SSQA, then you can buy a plate that basically lets you attach SSQA things to your 3ph. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/3-Point-Attachment-Universal-Quick-Attach-Equipment/dp/B008HS6KMO
Cheap and easy. Having two sets of forks rather than one that fits both ends means you can use both at the same time. However, those ones don't fold up, and don't adjust width. Those things are valuable to me. Depends what your storage space is like, and whether you might lift different sorts of loads with them.Thank you. I was thinking of trying something like this in the meantime.
Use these pallet forks to easily move pallets and cargo. With a 2000 lb. capacity, these 3-point pallet forks are convenient and easy to use.www.agrisupply.com