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Hydraulic System Added To D-19 Allis
“The D-19 Allis I bought for a loader tractor didn’t have live hydraulic power, so I built a system myself, and it works really well,” says Robert Bauer of Hastings, Minn. Bauer mounted a 17-gpm hydraulic motor to the front of the tractor, securing it with a large metal plate along with brackets and support braces from a Deere 7700 combine. The motor is connected to the output shaft on the front of the engine, so it operates continuously when the engine is running.
    High-pressure hydraulic hoses run from the motor to control valves mounted inside the fender on the tractor frame below the left side of the seat. The supply hose runs to a reservoir inside the left upright on the loader frame.
    Bauer says, “I put long handles on the two control valves so I can easily reach them from the tractor seat. One of the valves gives me continuous dual-acting power on the lift arms, and the other does the same for the tilt cylinders.”
    Bauer reconfigured the loader for his D-19 from a model originally made for a WD-45. He extended the loader frame by welding pieces of 1/2 by 2-1/2-in. angle iron to the axle mounting arms. He also added a filter system to the oil reservoir and welded steps from Deere 20 series tractors to both of the mounting arms for easier access to the tractor seat.
    “I was impressed with the loader’s bucket because somebody way overbuilt it,” Bauer says. “It’s made of 3/8-in. plate steel with 1/2-in. channel iron mounting brackets for the lift arms and tilt cylinders. It has 1/2-in. thick skid plates, but no leveling gauge, so I made one of those out of 1/2-in. steel rod. As the bucket tilts, the gauge slides through a sleeve, and when the white end shows, the bucket is level. It makes the bucket a lot easier to operate.”
    Bauer says the 60-year-old D-19 runs great, and by adding the hydraulic system, it’s now comparable to a tractor 25 years newer. The only mechanical change he made was installing a smaller and more efficient alternator, replacing a much larger one where a previous owner had to cut away part of the protective cowling to allow room for the pulley to operate freely. “It’s a good runner and a hard worker around the farm now,” Bauer says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Bauer, 10162 160th St. E., Hastings, Minn. 55033.

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