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Signature: 1992 Bobcat 440B - 20 hp Repower, wide tires, aux. hyd., BT hoe, auger, rototiller, buckets - 42" & 50" mat'l, tine, grapple; 1994 Bobcat 773C BOSS, material bucket, tine grapple, wood splitter, bale spear, forks
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SkidRoe has contributed to 919 out of 75,032 total posts (1.22% of total).
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Re: Low Flow/Hi-Flow 8/26/2014 9:50:16 AM   (Total replies: 0)

Welcome to the forum.  Glad to have you on board.

Two things that I can think of before you take the plunge:

1) Would any of the potential salesman be up for you trying out their equipment on your machine before you buy?  This way, you can see if it is as good as they say (or good enough for your purposes).

2) In case the answer is “no” to thought 1), can you rent a low flow mulcher and do the same?  I did the same thing before buying ...


Re: '89 Bobcat 743 control valve 7/8/2014 5:07:03 PM   (Total replies: 1)
OM will have a manual that will help, just make sure your profile contains your e-mail address. That said, getting the control out is the worst part of the job. The control it self is pretty easy to change out the spool seals; nothing is going to fly out when you take the rear cover off. Make sure you have your serial number handy when you order the replacement seals. Good luck!!

Re: '89 Bobcat 743 control valve 7/9/2014 7:39:43 AM   (Total replies: 1)

The other concern is over time the leak is only get worse, not better.  I will let someone who has a 743 weigh in on the difficulty of pulling the control valve.  It sounds like you only have one spool leaking right now, but I would change the seals on all of them while I was at it.

I have had the control out of mine when I added the auxiliary hydraulic spool.  It looked like a daunting task when I started it, but it was not too bad.  These valves are ...


Re: what machine should i start with 8/20/2014 12:33:53 PM   (Total replies: 1)

For what you want to do, an S185 or a T190 should work fine.  Both are very capable machines with decent lifting capacity.  I know many people who earn their livings off of these machines.

As far as tracked versus wheeled goes, wheels are cheaper to maintain and repair, tracks are better in soft soil.  Your choice.

My $0.02 - SR 


Re: Back (Front?) Hoe for 440b 8/20/2014 9:46:24 AM   (Total replies: 1)

It was partly my own fault.  I did not have a piece of 1/4” plate big enough in the shop to make the bobtach plate, so I used 3/16”  (I am not convinced that even 1/4” would have been enough).  Anyway, I added what I though were adequate gussets (1.5x1/4“ bar accros the bottom), based on other attachments that I have built.  Wrong!!

Two things happened: 1) the lower pins tore out through the 3/16” material (I should ...


Back (Front?) Hoe for 440b 8/18/2014 8:34:05 AM   (Total replies: 1)

Here are a couple of shots of the hoe that I built for the 440b:

Re: Back (Front?) Hoe for 440b 8/18/2014 11:13:47 AM   (Total replies: 1)

Hey ant, yes, it was way cheaper than buying one.  And what fun would it be to just buy one?!?  I am a stong believer in “fabrication therapy”.  LOL!! 

We (Dad & I) actually built 2, one for the 440b and one for the 773.  The cylinders were $100 each, the bucket teeth were $18 each (3 per bucket), the hoses and fitting were roughly $50 per hoe, the rest we built.  Dad ordered up $600 of new steel (shop stock), of ...


Re: Congratulations Tazza For Your 10,000th Post! 4/10/2013 4:29:59 AM   (Total replies: 1)
Congrats Tazza!! What a milestone!! I echo Geoffrey's comments - your words of encouragement and advice are a key part of what makes this forum so great. Thanks again for your commitment!! Derek

Re: Wheel Spacers 8/18/2014 5:47:18 PM   (Total replies: 1)
Here in North America, the bolt pattern matches some large garden tractors, and 2000 lb 5-bolt trailer axles. I don't know how much that will help you. Instability is just something I live with on my machine, and I have got used to it. I have had more than one person comment to me about my ability to drive my machine on one wheel!! While wheel spacers may help a bit, these little machines will never be as smooth and stable as their larger siblings. FWIW - SR

Re: 453 Bobtach? 8/17/2014 7:07:06 AM   (Total replies: 1)
I have made adapters for my 440b that convert it to both a full size bobtach, and to the 463/S70/MT5X style bobtach. Just to clarify, the 463, S70 and MT machines all use the same style of bobtach. It is the same side profile as a full size bobtach, but is 35" wide instead of 44" wide. If you look in the Attachments section of the Forum, there is a post on my late model mini bobtach adapter, with pictures. I bought the base bobtach from Skidsteer Solutions, and added the pre-463 style ...

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