Micro Hoe Plans

Micro Hoe Plans

Build a backhoe attachment for your tractor

Micro Hoe Plans enable you to build and service your own backhoe attachment. Customers using our plans are fabricating Micro Hoes for their garden and compact tractors. Virtually any make or model tractor can be outfitted. Dig trenches for water or electric lines. Excavate a small pond or pull out a tree stump. Whatever the job, do with your own DIY digger. Break ground today with Micro Hoe Plans from P.F. Engineering. You’ll save money upfront and keep saving on maintenance for years to come.

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Front-end Loader Plans

Front-end Loader Plans

Turn a garden tractor into a portable loader

Call it a ‘bucket loader,’ call it a ‘wheel loader,’ call it a ‘scoop.’ Whatever you call it, you can build your own and use it to push and lift all sorts of heavy loads. Hundreds of DIY builders with Front-end Loader Plans are fitting boom arms and a bucket to tractors of every kind, even ATVs. And they’re using theirs to quickly move soil, mulch, gravel, and snow. Our plans show you how to construct the perfect loader attachment. With the know-how we provide, you control the budget and schedule. Order Front-end Loader Plans

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Log Splitter Plans

Log Splitter Plans

Split cords of maple twice as fast

Log Splitter Plans show you how to make a dual-split model that will half the time you spend preparing firewood. Its durable design is ideal for heavy use, even after lying dormant during the warmer months. Spare yourself the brief thrill and lasting disappointment of buying the cheapest log splitter on the market. Using our plans, you’ll be able to put together a sturdy workhorse of a splitter that you can use and maintain for decades. See how easy this log splitter is to operate in Paul’s prototype video.

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Customer projects made from plans by P.F. Engineering

About P.F. Engineering

P.F. Engineering specializes in DIY (Do It Yourself) plans for backhoes and front-end loaders. Our plans make it possible for you to extend the use of a garden tractor, or a compact tractor.

Loaders and backhoes made from our plans are the perfect tools for landscaping and maintenance done on your property. Light and powerful, they’re great for those hard-to-get-at locations where a larger machine won’t fit. They cause less surface damage and minimum ground compaction while traveling over lawns and other landscaped areas.

If you would like to build your own loader or backhoe, you’ve come to the right place. Our plans are professionally drawn, DIY friendly and priced right for your construction budget.


Upgrading front-end spindles

Learn how to beef up your garden tractor’s front-end spindles, so they can properly bear the weight of a new loader. In our recent DIY Article, The 1000-pound Front Spindle Upgrade, you will find out which parts you’ll need and the steps involved.

Upgrading front spindles

Making replaceable bushings

Take charge of your DIY project’s motion and maintenance, learn how to make your own bushings. Read about these humble yet crucial components in Build replaceable inner bushings for hydraulically or manually articulated arms.

Making replaceable bushings

Coming Soon!

Look for our new Pin-on Mini Payloader, a loader attachment that works for John Deere garden tractors and other light-duty lawn tractors. It will include a self-leveling bucket.

With recent COVID-19 restrictions in place, many of us are practicing “social distancing” by working on our projects out in the shed. In my case, I’ve been working to fabricate 2 loaders from a new design I call the “Pin-on Mini Payloader” for a John Deere 317 I purchased in 2018 and re-powered with an 18hp Briggs horizontally opposed twin. It’s pin-on because it’s front mounted on the quick attach implement bracket for easy-on easy-off, and uses the 4 hydraulic couplers at the front and the two levers to control the loader. It’s a mini payloader because it has a single boom lift cylinder and single bucket cylinder with high rotation bucket brackets like many payloaders have. Here are some of its features:

  • Weighs 230 pounds
  • Has a self-leveling 44-inch-wide bucket
  • Can be used simultaneously with the mower deck
  • Includes 12 grease fittings
  • Inner bushings on all the pivot points are replaceable
  • Bucket rollback at ground level is 45 degrees, and its dump angle at full lift is around 75 degrees
  • Clears 55 inches under the bucket when level and 59 inches at full lift (to the pin)
  • Able to lift at least 350 pounds

Please be careful out there, stay out of the way of this virus and take care of your families! – Paul

April 2020 Progress

May 2020 Progress

What Next?

  • Head over to our picture gallery where we have 791 images of our customers’ machines on display. Use the search box at the top of that page to locate a particular make or model tractor that you are interested in seeing with a loader or backhoe attachment.

  • View Videos

    On our videos page, see customers operating their DIY loaders, backhoes and log splitters — all build using our plans.

  • Order Plans

    Go to our orders page and find out how to order one or more of our products, such as plans for a front-end loader or a backhoe. There are ordering links for shipping plans within the U.S. and internationally.

  • Contact Us

    Perhaps you have questions about hydraulics, a particular tractor application, or something else. Ask the original designer and builder about your project before you purchase plans. Feel free to contact Paul by email at , or call the office at 413-256-4960. You can also call Paul’s cell at 413-835-5801.

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    The FAQ page contains some of the most commonly asked questions we hear about building loaders and backhoes. Your question may be answered there, if not please feel free to contact us by email or phone.

Questions? Contact Paul at , or call the office at 413-256-4960. You can also reach Paul on his cell at 413-835-5801.
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