homemade skidsteer loader

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whiskers61

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Hi I have a homemade skidsteer, it has a holden engine and manual gearbox. The machine was built many years ago by a chap who was sealing driveways. If anyone interested in knowing more I would be happy to talk abput the beast.
 

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I'm sure i speak for everyone in here, i want pictures!!!
Anything unique is always interesting.
Please take a few snaps and post them for us to have a look at. Can you give us specs of what you have done with it and how much it can lift etc. Sounds like an interesting machine indeed.
My dad knows a guy up north that has an old 4x4 that he modified to hold a blade at the front and a crane arm at the back for moving logs for a saw mill. It works a treat, it has masses of torque and was cheap. Its called the “gada” go anywhere do anything.
 

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I'm sure i speak for everyone in here, i want pictures!!!
Anything unique is always interesting.
Please take a few snaps and post them for us to have a look at. Can you give us specs of what you have done with it and how much it can lift etc. Sounds like an interesting machine indeed.
My dad knows a guy up north that has an old 4x4 that he modified to hold a blade at the front and a crane arm at the back for moving logs for a saw mill. It works a treat, it has masses of torque and was cheap. Its called the “gada” go anywhere do anything.
Will post pics as soon as I work out how(very new to computers) Not sure what it will lift around 200-300 kg I would think will work out bucket cube Have had the beast for a few years now but it has seldom been going. Just spent the lst few days working on it and she is going well. Spent a couple of hours this morning pushing out scrub along the boundry of my block. Like I said holden 6 engine, manual gearbox, it uses brakes on either side to steer and has hand operated loader controls. Takes a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it bloody fun.
 

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Will post pics as soon as I work out how(very new to computers) Not sure what it will lift around 200-300 kg I would think will work out bucket cube Have had the beast for a few years now but it has seldom been going. Just spent the lst few days working on it and she is going well. Spent a couple of hours this morning pushing out scrub along the boundry of my block. Like I said holden 6 engine, manual gearbox, it uses brakes on either side to steer and has hand operated loader controls. Takes a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it bloody fun.
Very nice
Uploading pictures here i have found to be a bit of a pest. It can be done through the media section under pictures. You create a folder and upload pictures to it. I have been using computers for years and uploading pictures i found to be a hassle :(
If you have to many problems e-mail them to me and i'll post them for you.
taz38sup at yahoo.com.au make the “at” @ of course, it just helps prevent me getting spam, not that i mind e-mails that tell me i won 25 million dollars!
 

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Very nice
Uploading pictures here i have found to be a bit of a pest. It can be done through the media section under pictures. You create a folder and upload pictures to it. I have been using computers for years and uploading pictures i found to be a hassle :(
If you have to many problems e-mail them to me and i'll post them for you.
taz38sup at yahoo.com.au make the “at” @ of course, it just helps prevent me getting spam, not that i mind e-mails that tell me i won 25 million dollars!
Pictures have been uploaded to the pictures section under “home made skidsteer”
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I could totally see myself building one of these :)
 

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Pictures have been uploaded to the pictures section under “home made skidsteer”





I could totally see myself building one of these :)
Thanks for putting the pictures up for me Tazza. I hope you and everyone likes them. Let me know if you want anymore details on the machine.
 

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Thanks for putting the pictures up for me Tazza. I hope you and everyone likes them. Let me know if you want anymore details on the machine.
I still don't understand how it steers, all i can think of is it has 2 diffs and it locks brakes on each side to turn, as you told me it uses a set of brakes on each side. After you mentioned it ran a holden engine i thought you may be from Australia. Your e-mail address kinda confirmed that :)
Does it run a governor at all? or does it have enough power to not bog down under load?
I know a guy that used to have a mobile welder that was attached to a V8, the welder would pull it down pretty hard causing an erratic arc that was totally un-suitable. He ended up using an old cortina 1.5l 4 cylinder engine with a govenor that ran all day every day without an issue.
 

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That is totally neat,wonder how much it all cost to put that together? That looks like a project for me in the future LOL
 

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That is totally neat,wonder how much it all cost to put that together? That looks like a project for me in the future LOL

That's just it, you can get the parts for next to nothing. The Holden straight 6 he said it runs I assume is a “red motor” which is so common over here, well it was. You can pick up a runner for almost nothing from old car. So engine, gear box and dif's would be only a few hundred bucks or maybe a carton or 2 of beer. Then some steel and a fair amount of time. Its amazing what can be built if you have the time and a little know how.
And for my previous question about a governor, forget about that. I forgot its manual so you obviously still have an accelerator so you compensate for the power drag. If it was running full throttle the clutch wouldn't last very long!
 

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That's just it, you can get the parts for next to nothing. The Holden straight 6 he said it runs I assume is a “red motor” which is so common over here, well it was. You can pick up a runner for almost nothing from old car. So engine, gear box and dif's would be only a few hundred bucks or maybe a carton or 2 of beer. Then some steel and a fair amount of time. Its amazing what can be built if you have the time and a little know how.
And for my previous question about a governor, forget about that. I forgot its manual so you obviously still have an accelerator so you compensate for the power drag. If it was running full throttle the clutch wouldn't last very long!
It gets better, holden grey motor. OK it'sabout timeI gave a quick rundown on how it works. As you can see motor faces back, two car diffs coupled together with a sprocket. The gearbox has a smaller sprocket on the output shaft. double row chain connects the lot together. Sprocket size gives about 3-1 reduuction, only 1st and reverse gear is used. Bit slow on travel but plenty push. No governor, i've got the idle wound up to about 1300rpm and seldom have to use the accelerator. Steering is via braking left or righthand side and letting the spidergears in the diffs do their thing, I know it sounds a bit rough but the dam thing turns well, the tricky part is when you need to use the loader controls and turn all at the same time.
 

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It gets better, holden grey motor. OK it'sabout timeI gave a quick rundown on how it works. As you can see motor faces back, two car diffs coupled together with a sprocket. The gearbox has a smaller sprocket on the output shaft. double row chain connects the lot together. Sprocket size gives about 3-1 reduuction, only 1st and reverse gear is used. Bit slow on travel but plenty push. No governor, i've got the idle wound up to about 1300rpm and seldom have to use the accelerator. Steering is via braking left or righthand side and letting the spidergears in the diffs do their thing, I know it sounds a bit rough but the dam thing turns well, the tricky part is when you need to use the loader controls and turn all at the same time.
LOL a grey motor, even older!
I understand how its done now, pretty impressive.
That sure would have some power, you just need to get traction!
You need to draw up some plans and sell them on e-bay :)
As for speed, my 743 is rated at about 11k/hr i think it was, seems pretty slow but in a machine without suspension on rough ground its more than fast enough!
 

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LOL a grey motor, even older!
I understand how its done now, pretty impressive.
That sure would have some power, you just need to get traction!
You need to draw up some plans and sell them on e-bay :)
As for speed, my 743 is rated at about 11k/hr i think it was, seems pretty slow but in a machine without suspension on rough ground its more than fast enough!
I know what you mean about rough my place is very rocky so slow and steady is a lot smoother.
 

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if you like this rig look at some of this stuff.........http://www.machinebuilders.net/..... jeff
I MUST check that out when i get home, i had a quick look and i think i will be spending some time prowling that site.
 
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Hi i love the loader and i am gathering the parts to build one i was just wondering if you could post or send me some more photos of the driveline an motor
 
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