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    That thing is awesome...nice vid too
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    Thats actually ****ing sweet.

    Although my 'other use for a D30' was used to create a yard salter for work. Pointed the pinion up, with a plate and vertical flatbar to throw sand around. Big tank on top, uses itself to spin the plate

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5aUmv3COzY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rC1I_wW1Hw

    Heres two more videos of the tractor. Thanks again for all the positive feedback.

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    great work
    I will try and get pics/vid of my dads creation which this reminds me of.
    he got the plans from a guy in the states, it uses 4 hydraulic geared hubs, one at each corner, top speed is about the same, his maybe a tad faster (2.5mph haha).
    his pivots in the middle like a front end loader, but uses levers to turn and use the bucket, and foot pedal to go forward and back.

    great design, and use of D30's

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    just watched the vids, you got him on speed, and lifting power seems on par, I like the 4 wheel steer option. his turning radius maybe a little tigher, all in all I like your design very much.

    well done
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    Quote Originally Posted by beakie View Post
    great work
    I will try and get pics/vid of my dads creation which this reminds me of.
    he got the plans from a guy in the states, it uses 4 hydraulic geared hubs, one at each corner, top speed is about the same, his maybe a tad faster (2.5mph haha).
    his pivots in the middle like a front end loader, but uses levers to turn and use the bucket, and foot pedal to go forward and back.

    great design, and use of D30's

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    just watched the vids, you got him on speed, and lifting power seems on par, I like the 4 wheel steer option. his turning radius maybe a little tigher, all in all I like your design very much.

    well done

    Thanks. Was your dad's machine called a Cadtrac? They are very common on the machinebuilders web site. They use the same centre pivot joint for steering / articulation and use 4 independent hydraulic motors for a drive system. The operator sits in between the loader arms. Very cool.

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    not sure what its called, I'll look into it, but your description sounds about right.

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    Awesome build. Great job on the tractor.
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    I have to build me something like this What is the estimated cost in building?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yjtsiawd View Post
    I have to build me something like this What is the estimated cost in building?
    Honestly.....I estimate somewhere around $5000. I don't know the exact amount because its probably worse than that. It was an expensive project but with everything said and done I'm happy with it. I've already used it for lots of stuff. Plus the new Kioti we were going to buy instead was over $20K. The tractor I built isn't as nice as the Kioti but it can still do most of the tasks I need it for. If I had the chance to do it over again I would. Thanks, John

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    You deserve the builders award of the year for that one. It looks real sweet.

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    Sweet
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    That thing is awsome! Cool, inventive, and looks like fun to drive. I have to ask, was it worth it compared to picking up a tractor with a snow blower? I know hydraulic components arn't cheep...

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    Thanks. This project wasn't cheap but I feel it was worth it. I could have purchased a tractor and a blower for the same sort of money but this was more fun. However it did make me a bit nervous spending all that money on this project with no guarantee it would even work. I'm just really glad it did work when I was done.

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    I can definitly appreciate the fun of a build! I'll call it an enviormentally freindly project for re-using those axle's destined for the junk yard, extra points for saving our planet.

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    Very cool
    If I were to build one I would want to use a Tj or yj frame and drivetrain. Run the power steering pump for the hydraulics. Not as much fun to build thoug, but street legal haha
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