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He Made His Own Front-End Loader
When Clifford Czinkota, Fenwood, Sask., went looking for a front-end loader to fit his 1978 Deere 4440 tractor, he had trouble finding one. So he built his own "long reach" loader and mounted a Leon bucket on it.
"It works better than any commercial loader I've seen. The bucket is about 1 1/2 ft. farther ahead of the front axle than it would be with most conventional loaders. I have a better view," says Czinkota. "One drawback of the design is that the bucket is so far ahead of the lift cylinders that lifting capacity is quite a bit less than comparable size loaders."
Czinkota used 4 by 6 steel tubing for the loader arms, bolting the base of each side arm to the tractor frame with five bolts. A pair of 3 1/2-in. by 40-in. hydraulic cylinders are used to raise or lower the arms and 2 1/2 by 30-in. cylinders are used to tilt the bucket.
"The loader is so handy to use that I never take it off the tractor, even when I use it to pull a swather," says Czinkota. "I spent only about $1,000 to build it."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clifford Czinkota, Box 40, Fenwood, Sask., Canada S0A 0Y0 (ph 306 782-7215).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4