The B12 had a hydraulic front bucket that was very handy. Think of it as a powered wheelbarrow. With care it could go through 4' gates in the fence.So today (may 2018) I'm looking at the difference between various home tractors (YouTube: LT-YT-GT, LT v. GT, LT v. GT):
I call it "bucket" because there are "front scoops" that can not lift the load up high, like the bucket on the B12, but I never used it to load material into a pickup truck. I just scooped from a big pile left by a dump truck and moved the stuff where I wanted it. So the "front scoop" would meet my needs.
Lawn Tractors: small light weight, just for mowing lawns, 20" tires, no lug nuts, vertical shaft engine - lowest price, typically K46 transmission - model typically looks like: LTxxxxx (around $1,000)
Home Depot: Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro LT42 - $1560, John Deere E140 - $2,100; Poulan Pro P19A42 -$1,300
Yard Tractors: are between Lawn and Garden tractors. looks like: YTxxxxx (around $1,500)
Searching Home Depot for "Yard Tractor" returns 224 results, but none of them are for a "yard tractor".
Garden Tractors: heavier, bigger than lawn tractors, designed for attachments and ground engagement, 23" tires, K66 transmission, electronic locking differential (ELD), 4-1/2 gal gas tank, arm rests, sleeve hitch, use Tufftorq K66 transmission-differential assembly, has lug nuts, Sleeve hitch - model typically looks like: GTxxxx (around $2,500)
As of May 2018 I can NOT find any Garden Tractors for sale in California because they do NOT meet CARB requirements.
Home depot web page lists, but not available in California:
Cub Cadet XT1 GT 50, LT50, LT46, LT42,
CARB Compliant Garden Tractors
John Deere X570 - $6,000 - Accy: 40-in. (102-cm) Tractor Shovel - LP63767 w/electric actuation -
Kubota GR2020 (gas) - GR2120 (Diesel) - $10,000 all wheel drive, shaft wheel drive, shaft PTO drive, 16" front, 23" rear tires
Sub Compact Tractor - These are the next step up from Garden Tractors and cost about $25,000 with useful implements. See Kubota below. John Deere and other also make them, but Kubota seems to have the highest quality/price ratio below twenty some horsepower. 3-point hitch
Tufftorq - Integrated Hydrostatic Transaxles (IHT) - K66 spec sheet.pdf - Manual locking differential system (optional)
There does not seem to be any under $3,000 Garden Tractors in California with locking differentials.
Craftsman Dozer Blade (heaver duty than snow plow) Model: 486 244142
Brinley - Ground Engaging - all non powered pull behind implements
Front ScoopAgri-Fab®, Inc. - Huskee Front Scoop - 45-0440 - $252.62 Free Shipping (one review said 500 parts).
Craftsman - Item # 07124847000P Model # 24847- Assembly Parts 1 to 9 are assembling the scoop. Part 9 also starts with the tractor brackets.
Single mower suspension bracket (center of front axle) then part 10
Dual suspension brackets (each side of front axle) then part 11
Dual suspension brackets on each side of frame) then part 12
Husqvarna 36" Front Scoop - Model 531 30 71-88 (from YouTube video)
42" Johnny Products Bucket Jr and Johnny Plow Jr for Craftsman Dixon Husqvarna and many others (click your tractor start here) Garden Tractors - uses the same mounting scheme as the Agri-Fab scoop, but adds electric actuators. Just under $1500.
List of tractor models.
In order for this scoop to work the tractor needs to have the 13" width of the frame and have the proper bolt pattern to accept one of the 3 mounting brackets provided.
Ag tires and wheel weights are needed if climbing hills and to counter balance a scoop. Locking differential is a big plus, but seems to only be available on Garden Tractors.
The B12 had a sleeve hitch. It's called that because there was a sleeve (a tube with maybe a 3/4"? ID) that was hinged on its bottom end and tilted up and down as controlled by the long lever. That lever has a button that allows locking the sleeve in the up position. The implement at the rear, like a rototiller, has a rod that slips into the sleeve and a pin to hold it there.
The 3-point hitch (Wiki) is used on Sub Compact and larger tractors and they come in Category 0 (<= 20 HP) to 4 (>180 HP) (Wiki). I don't know if any Garden Tractors have 3-point hitches.YouTube:
Sleeve Hitch Adapter For Your Garden Tractor Review, And Why You Might Want One -Part #: 40571 $370
Johnny Products - Screw Jack for Sleeve Hitch - $675
Front LoaderLittleBuck Loader - <$2000, as of May 2018 only works on John Deere tractors with 4 quick connect hydraulic outlets (Sub Compact Tractors): 655, 755, 855, 2210 & 2305*; x700 series; x575, x585, x595; x465, x475, x485, x495; 400**, 420**, 425, 430**, 445, 455; 314, 316, 317, 318, 322, 332; and h-2 h-3 140.
||2-cylinder (only this series), Valve part
of loader - problem for snow blowers &Etc, Limited Cat
1 3-point Hitch, transmission problems
||Hydraulic valve part of tractor - but outside body, Limited Cat 1 3-point Hitch|
||Cosmetic upgrades, valve inside body,
Fwd-Rev pedals partially below deck, seat slops forward
(can be replaced), Full Cat 1 3-point Hitch
plastic body parts caused problems
||back to metal hood & fenders, BT601
back hoe very similar to BT602 (YouTube BT602)
||drive-over mower decks, higher HP like
26HP, -1 model code improved ROPS and floor mats, LCD
dash, Brake pedal on left BT602
||From the seat front loader couple/decouple,
Skid-Steer Quick Coupler, analog dash easier to
read, single piece hinged hood, loader valve falls to
place in right hand (not up front), 2 optional front third
functions, tilting steering wheel, Cam release backkhoe
BX 23 Manuals
|505 56 88-04||Electric
|505 56 88-08||Grader/Box
||2 ea 50
pound wheel weights
|Cat D8 as found
|Cat D8 running after
Designed to work on slopes up to 30 degrees (58% grade). Much better than any other wheeled option for slopes. Tracks are great on slopes when going up or down, but not along contour lines.
6425452 Control system for all-wheel drive vehicle, Glenn M. Steiner, Roy I. Steiner, Venture Products Inc, 2002-07-30 (Expires in 2020) - for articulated vehicle.
2020 November: Looking at this since the M-360 fat trike has next to zero ability to climb hills, let alone pull any load up a hill.
The Electric version of the Ranger has great hill climbing capability, even better than the gas version of the Ranger according to a friend who has one.
It can be fitted with a 2" trailer receiver.
Kolpin sells the Dirtworks 3-point attachment that fits into a 2" receiver, so maybe the Ranger EV can be used as a tractor?
It would make the basis for a nice fire fighting apparatus. See Home Fire Protection.
The Ranger EV box capacity is 500 pounds. Payload capacity is 1000 pounds (does this include box or is in addition?). Fresh water weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon, so if all water in bed then 60 gallons. But that's for a classical "skid" type tank and pump system.
A better approach for my conditions, i.e. plenty of fire hydrants and plenty of pressure at my house, but some neighbors have low pressure. So a vehicle carrying a lot of hose and a booster pump makes more sense.
Note that most of the "skids" for fire fighting consist of a tank and pump. The idea is that you have a source of water that's not pressurized, like a lake, pool, &Etc or that the fire is some distance away from a source of pressurized water. But if you have water under pressure then the tank and pump just wastes money, weight and capability.
Boise First Strike UTV - 100 Gal tank, 100' 3/4" hose. Based on the Mahindra UTV.
Honda Water Pumps
Suitable for use on the Ranger EV. They are all single stage and so low pressure.
The GPM on the WH20 is 4X what my water meter provides, but the pressure of 64 PSI is short of the 100+ PSI that comes from my water meter or the local hydrant.
If the input water pressure is say 30 PSI then the output pressure may be 30 + 64 or 94 PSI, which is close enough to 100 PSI to get optimum performance from most Nozzles.
There are versions of the WH20 with suffix of X or X plus other letters.
Fire Skid for the Ranger EVHonda WH20 pump and plumbing for various hose sizes on the input and output.
Carry a number of 50' hoses and fittings to allow adapting to various hose sizes/threads.
1-1/2" NH wildland hose offers excellent movement of water with minimal losses at these pressures and volumes.
But 1" NPSH hose is lighter and more can be carried for the same weight.
A combination where the initial run would be 1-1/2" NH feeding a Wye with a couple of 1" NPSH outlets or . . . some thought to a workable setup.
Part of that is figuring out a number of scenarios.
One of these is a fire up in a tree. So getting a long throw would be important. This would also allow hitting a small fire that was say 50 from where you are standing.
Good to have inlet and outlet pressure gauges.
One Person Wild Land Hose Lay - 3ea 50' x 1-1/2" hose, wildland combo nozzle & hose clamp.
Hose Packs are a way to store fire hose that a person can carry.
In a fire truck hose is stored in bins simply by running the hose back and forth. The top of the hose can then easily be pulled out.
Waterax Pumps: VERSAX™ Fire Pump - much higher pressure than Honda pump. Uses Honda engine. Multistage pump for more pressure.
Knowing the PSI and orifice diameter allows calculation of the GPM, see Home Fire Protection, Hose Nozzles.
XCP Control panel and electric start option for the 9 HP version (VS2-9EV).
2" in/1-1/2" out
2" in/1-1/2" out 104
3" in / 2-1/2" out
2" in/1-1/2" out 105
1-1/2", 1" & 1" Out
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