2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Built-From-Scratch Articulated Payloader
††††"It makes quick work of jobs around the farm and yard," he says. "I built it for only about $5,000."
††††He patterned the loader after a Caterpillar 950, but built it with an 8-ft. wide bucket instead of 7 ft. A Z-bar connects the dump cylinder to the bucket linkage. It was fabricated from 3/4-in. thick steel plate and wrapped in 1/2-in. by 4-in. flat bar. The loader arms were fabricated by sandwiching two pieces of 3/4-in. steel plate, with 1/2-in. spacers in between. The edges were wrapped with 1/2 by 2-in. flat bar.
††††The loader's wheels and axles came from a White twin screw semi truck. The 460 cu. in. engine and automatic transmission were taken from a Ford Mercury car. The frame, cab, and loader were built from scratch with both new and scrap metal. The loader rides on 50-in. tall tires.
††††"I started work on it in 1996 and worked on it for 2 years. Then when my father died I lost interest in it. Three years ago I decided to finish it," says Foster.
††††"I built it just to see if I could do it, but it has become a valuable asset that has paid for itself several times over. I've used it to do everything from bulldozing dirt to digging out ponds. I painted model number 974 on it, which stands for the month and year of my wedding anniversary."
††††The rig's frame is built from 1/2-in. and 3/4-in. thick steel plate, and the cab and hood and fenders from 1/8-in. plate. A home-built 5:1 gearbox transfers power to the driveshaft. A hydraulic pump mounts to the front of the engine with a universal joint and is used to operate the loader's 5 cylinders Ż 2 to lift the loader arms, 1 to dump the bucket, and 2 to operate the articulated steering. The engine cooling fan was raised 6 in. to clear the hydraulic pump. The machine's 40-gal. fuel tank and hydraulic reservoir were fabricated from 1/8-in. steel plate.
††††All controls, including the levers that work the loader arms and bucket, and the brake and throttle pedals, are handmade. The machine also features a home-built automatic bucket leveler made from electrical switches, an electric solenoid, and a steel ball inside a piece of steel tubing.
††††The cab is built with a door on one side, and big windows all the way around. The steering wheel and seat were bought new.
††††The muffler was made from a piece of 4 1/2-in. dia. steel well casing.
††††Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Stephen Foster, 7960 C.R. 1100, West Plains, Mo. 65775 (ph 417 256-3032; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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