Tractors

Brooke Clarke 2010

Background
Allis Chalmers B12
Kubota
    BX23
    BX22
Husqvarna
Cat D8
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Background

My Grandfather and Uncle both worked with tractors.  A small tractor is a very handy thing to have when the land around your house is an acre or more. 

Allis Chalmers B12

Allis Chalmers B12 garden tractor

I used to have an Allis Chalmers B12 garden tractor. 
An automotive DC generator is used to keep the battery charged and is used also as the starter motor.
At the front there is a power takeoff shaft with a pulley that turns whenever the engine is running.  This drove the hydraulic pump on the front loader.  There was a sub frame for the front loader so that the loader proper could easily be removed leaving just the sub frame.  The front loader would just pass through a garden gate (just under 3 feet wide), but would not dig, i.e. the hydraulic power was only applied to lift the front loader and pressure was released to lower the loader.
At the rear was a 3-point hitch used for the rototiller or other implements.   The long lever manually controls the hitch and center implement.  I did have an electric option for the hitch that was a 12 Volt screw jack device similar to those used to balance RVs.  A sickle bar could be mounted under the center where a mower would also work.
A short lever controls the rear and center PTO belt tension so you can stop the tiller or sickle bar.
When the front loader is used without any rear implement the tractor is front heavy and when going over bumps the front end may take a nose dive.  There was a rear weight box to help with that problem and when a couple of hundred pounds of something was in it the tractor was more stable.  But that didn't help with side to side stability when moving.  For that the best thing was to not raise the bucket all the way up but instead just raise in enough to clear the ground.

Kubota

I first learned of the Kubota from a friend who had one.  A key feature is four wheel drive which greatly increases the drawbar pull as well as getting you out of situations where otherwise you would be stuck.

Models BX Series 4WD Diesel

The BX series (18 to 25.5 HP) are the smallest tractors, the B series ( 18 to 32 HP) are slightly larger although there is some overlap.

Model
Year HP
Front Loader
Back Hoe
BX1800
2000
18
LA181

BX2200
2000
22
LA211

BX1500
2003
15
LA181

BX1830
2004
18
LA211
BX2230
2004
22
LA211
BX1850
2006
18
LA203

BX1860
?
18
LA243
BX2350
2006
23
LA243

BX2360
?
23
LA243
BX2660
?
26
LA243
BX22
2002
22
LA210
BT600
BX23
2004
23
LA210
BT600
BX24
2006
23
LA240
BT601
BX25
?
23
BX25


BX23

There is a BX23 for sale locally, I've called the phone number and left a message but not heard back.  Here are some photos of it:
With the BT600 backhoe and LA210 Front Loader.

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

Kubota BX23

BX 23 Manuals


BX23
LA210 Loader
BT600 Backhoe
Operator's


Service


Parts


Flat Rate Schedule


BX22

The BX22 is very similar to the BX23 shown above.
With the BT600 backhoe and LA210 Front Loader.   A box scraper is included and is under the front bucket.

Kubota BX22

Kubota BX22

Kubota BX22

Kubota BX22

Kubota BX22

Kubota BX22

Kubota BX22


Husqvarna

Husqvarna GTH27V52LS

They support a manual front loader (like the B12 above) on their largest mowers (i.e. must have 23" rear tires).
None of the local Husqvarna dealers carries the GTH27V52LS and so there's no way to preview or demo the front scoop.
Model
Description
$
GTH27V52LS
27 HP riding mower
3,000
531 30 71-68
3 foot front scoop
530
531 30 70-05
Sleeve Hitch
170
505 56 88-04 Electric Hitch Assist
600
505 56 88-08 Grader/Box Scraper
250
954 04 01-02
2 ea 50 pound wheel weights
116
Total $4700

Cat D8

My son restored a Cat D8 that had been sitting in a field for who knows how many decades.
Cat D8 as found
Cat D8 as
                found
Cat D8 running after restoration
Cat D8
                after restoration
Videos:

Starting caterpillar d8 tractor bulldozer - first the phony (small gas engine is started, the at the end the main diesel engine is started
Starting the D8
D8 Running
D8 Revving Engine
Driving caterpillar d8 tractor bulldozer

Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club - My First Caterpillar

Related

Tractors on the Ukiah web page.
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