THIS IS A ONE-TIME, PROJECT.....NOT FOR SALE!!!!
Ron decided to build a homemade backhoe for his Kubota tractor. Updates are listed from oldest to latest, so if you want to see the finished product, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
NOT FOR SALE!!!!
Need to finish this clevis for the boom cylinder and
fabricate the boom clevis over the top for the crowd
arm cylinder, and the boom is finished. It's getting
heavy, too! Put some extra plating in to handle the
extra weight of the tractor.
Boom view 1:
Boom view 2:
Mocked up the boom and crowd arm so I can set the
crowd arm cylinder. The cylinder clevis is cut and
ready to weld up and install.
Boom crowd arm mock-up:
Crowd arm cylinder fit:
The main frame tacked together. The expanded
steel steps and the masts for the valving are welded. Waiting on the arrival of the valving.
Offset the masts to keep the controls closer to the operator.
Mainframe Pic 1:
Mainframe Pic 2:
This is the slew. There are 22 pieces in it. The pin showing at
the right of the picture(bottom of the piece) is where
the cylinder attaches to rotate the 'hoe side to side.
The empty space for a pin is the actual pivot point
where it attaches to the main frame. The clevis to the
left side of the picture is where the boom attaches to
the slew, and the clevis at the top of the picture is
where the boom cylinder attaches.
Starting to come together. 38 more pieces to fabricate
to the main frame and I can start the final fit and
plumb up the hydraulics.
Slew mainframe pic 1:
Slew mainframe pic 2:
Made a thumb for the 'hoe yesterday. It's got 2 settings and can be folded out of the way, if desired, by taking the gusset piece out and folding the thumb back against the crowd arm and repinning it, and setting the gusset and one pin aside. Just have to cut 6 or 8 teeth into each side of the thumb yet, and shape it a little. The gusset is made of 1 1/4"x1/4" flatstock welded into an H-beam, with 1x1 square tubing for ends. 'Bout ready to start cleaning and priming everything to get ready to paint.
Got a coat of primer on the 'hoe parts(actually, 2 coats primer and a coat of color) now. It's going to take at least 2 coats of orange.