Garden tractors are multifunctional and constructed for heavy-duty usage. You can use it to handle many types of work, not only mowing but also carrying heavy things, removing the snow and many more!
Adding a loader to this versatile machine is a common thing in order to maximise its ability and ease your daily work. To do that, you need a precise plan on how to build a loader for your garden tractor. Strategic planning with some creativity will save you thousands of dollars plus gives satisfaction for the outcomes.
How To Build A Loader For A Garden Tractor
There are several manufacturers who offer ready-made front-end loaders for various types of garden tractors. However, the most common situation is the loader does not fit your current garden tractors, or it does not suit your taste.
In these scenarios, your alternative is to build your own custom loader for your garden tractor. The method is not really tough, but you will need some creativity and manufacturing abilities. Check out the steps below to get some ideas on how to build a loader for a garden tractor.
Let’s get started!
Tools you may needed:
Before starting, you need to prepare all items listed below to ensure the process of making the loaders goes on smoothly.
- Thick Steel Sheet
- Bar steel
- Steel cutter
- Gloves, goggle
- Any related tools you may need based on the loader design*
Step by steps:
- To build the bucket, cut off the thick metal sheet based on the desired measurement depending on your garden tractor. Before that, draw a plan first on the metal sheet to avoid any mistakes. You should cut two similar shapes for the side of the loader’s bucket. Use a metal cutter to cut off the metal sheet accordingly.
- Attach the angle metal bar to connect the metal sheets that you cut during step 1. Weld them together. This angle metal bar will ‘hold’ the side, the back and also the base of the bucket’s loader.
- Next, you need to do the backside of the bucket’s loader. Draw on the metal sheet (rectangle shape with the desired measurement) and cut it off using the metal cutter.
- Then, attach it to the bucket’s loader frame that you made just now. Mount them together by using a welder.
- Take another angle metal bar that has the same size as the first one and weld it to the bucket’ loader frame to attach the base.
- To make a base, attach one piece of metal sheet to the bucket’s loader frame by using a welder. The angled metal bars that mount during step 2 and step 5 ‘hold’ the base and connect it with the sides of the bucket’s loader.
- After the bucket’s loader is done, move on to the boom arms.
- Attach the boom arms to your garden tractor by using bolts. You may use four bolts for each side. You also need a hinge (with holes for the bolts) made up of metal sheets to create certain parts of the boom arms that allow movements of the loader.
- Lift up the front part of your garden tractors so you can drill the bolts to attach the boom arms easily near to the wheels.
- You can build the boom arms with your creativity. Plus, you also will need to weld boom cylinders with adjustable springs to both sides of the loader to lift up or down the boom arm.
- The boom arms are connected by a horizontal metal bar. This metal bar will be used to attach a spring in order to control the bucket’s movement.
- At this point, you can attach the bucket’s loader to your garden tractor already.
- Also, you need to cut the metal sheet to make hinges with holes in order to attach the boom arms with the bucket’s loader by using bolts. The hinges will be welded to the metal bar attached to the back of the bucket’s loader.
- At the back of the bucket (middle), the adjustable spring is attached and welded to the horizontal metal bar.
- You can control the movement of the loader by using the remote control of the adjustable spring. This spring will extend to enable the loader’s movement, either the boom arm or the bucket.
- If you do not have the adjustable spring, you can use a string and control the loader movements by attaching the bucket to the strong stick with the string. Then, you may push or pull the stick manually in order to move your loader. This is only recommended when you did not plan to use the loader for a heavier load than it can carry.
- You are done! You can test it by lifting up and down the loader, carrying a light load for the first time etc.
- If you want to let the loader be mounted to your garden tractor permanently, you are welcome to weld it for strong attachment. But if not, you can use bolts to attach the loader to your garden tractor by using bolts.
- The design of the loader depends on your preferences. However, never neglect the safety measures when building the loader. Make sure you prepare strong enough materials.
- Also, make sure the size of the loader is not too big or smaller than your garden tractor.
- To handle any tools, make sure you read the manual first.
SAFETY TIPS: Make sure you always use gloves and goggles when handling metals, welders and any dangerous tools.
What Is The Proper Way to Drive a Front End Loader?
The ideal approach when driving with a load in the bucket is to put the bucket slightly below the tractor hood. This is to maintain stability and give you a clear front vision.
When lifting or lowering the load, always keep your speed slow and your eyes alert for any upcoming potential hazards. Always be extra careful when you want to turn directions especially when carrying the loads.
Avoid sudden breaks or stop while carrying the loads, as it can be very dangerous for the operators and also causing damage to the loader.
Qualities of a Good Garden Tractor Loader
Most garden tractors can handle a front end loader since they have characteristics that can support the loader’s load. However, there are few qualities of a good garden tractor loader that distinguish some tractors from others.
Below are the four criteria to evaluate when selecting a garden tractor to put a front end loader on. The performance of your garden tractor loader can be affected by these criteria which are;
- Spindles of wheels: The front-end loader is perfectly supported by a 1″ wheel spindle with tapered bearings. You should choose a garden tractor with this measurement, or at least a ¾ ” wheel spindle.
- The shape of the frame: The structure of most garden tractors is sturdy enough to support a front end loader. Some designs, however, are simpler to work with than others.
The best option is a garden tractor with wide flat frames and a square surface area. This is due to the fact that it can be welded and drilled into easily and offers a variety of mounting locations and alternatives for you.
Angle and tube frames are not recommended as it is difficult to attach components to the frame because mounting places for the front end loader subframe are harder to find.
- Transmission: Let’s start by categorising garden tractor transmission. You can choose the garden tractor based on the types of transmission that you find will suit you.
- Foot Control; This type of transmission enables you to drive both hands-frees which allows you to handle the loader control valve and steering wheel as the transmission is controlled by foot. This type of transmission is very ideal when you need to perform a lot of back-and-forth driving, such as transporting material piles from one area to another.
- Hand Control; For this type of transmission, you need to use your hand to control or stop it. Unless it comes with a foot pedal, then you can push the pedal to do so; slow down and stop the tractor while operating the loader and steering without using hands.
- Manual Gear; You need to push the clutch by using your foot and then, change to gear. This type of transmission enables you to change the transmission freely while using your hands (both) to control the loader and driving. Release the clutch slowly to move the tractor.
- Station of Operation; It is highly recommended to choose a tractor that has a large size as it will provide you with more comfort.
Building a loader for a garden tractor requires hard work and enough equipment to make sure everything can be done on time. By following the tips and steps above, it is not possible to build your own garden tractor loader.
Loader is very useful and we guarantee you will have no regret building it on your own. Other than experience, you will gain full satisfaction after seeing your loader functioning well at the end of the project.