Do-It-Yourself Plans: Backhoes, Loaders & More

Estimated Costs & Specifications

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Front-end Loader

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Imperial Metric
Overall weight: 325 pounds 148 kg
Lift capacity: well over 500 pounds well over 226 kg
Lift height to level bucket: 73 inches 1854 mm
Bucket width: 42 to 54 inches 1067 to 1372 mm
Bucket capacity: 0.21 to 0.27 cubic yards (yd³) 161 to 206 liters (L)
Bucket roll down: 50 degrees at maximum lift 50 degrees at maximum lift
Built-in oil reservoir
Spin on oil strainer element
Joystick control option
Estimated cost to build: $1200 (Before COVID*)

* Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices for steel vary considerably from one place to another place.

Micro Hoe

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Imperial Metric
Overall weight 350 pounds 159 kg
Digging depth 5 1/2 feet 1676 mm
Reach 8 feet 2438 mm
Hydraulic stabilizer spread 7 1/2 feet 2286 mm
Boom swing 170 degrees 170 degrees
Bucket width 10 inches 254 mm
Built-in oil reservoir
Spin on oil strainer element
Proportioned hydraulics for simultaneous cylinder
movements without a pressure drop
Estimated cost to build: $1700 (Before COVID*)

* Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices for steel vary considerably from one place to another place.

Log Splitter

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Imperial Metric
Overall weight: 1000 pounds 454 kg
Hydraulic Cylinder size: 4" or 5" bore × 24" stroke, 2" rod diameter, with clevis ends 101.6 mm or 127 mm bore × 609.6 mm stroke, 50.8 mm rod diameter, with clevis end
Hydraulic pump: 13 or 16 Gallon Per Minute (GPM) two-stage pump 49.2 or 60.6 liters per minute (Lpm) two-stage pump
Engine power: 6.5 mechanical horsepower (hp) 4.85 kilowatt (kW)
Oil reservoir: 14 gallons 53 liters (L)
Cylinder speed options: 5" bore cylinder @ 13 GPM = 10 seconds one-way
5" bore cylinder @ 16 GPM = 8 seconds one-way
4" bore cylinder @ 13 GPM = 6.5 seconds one-way
4" bore cylinder @ 16 GPM = 5 seconds one-way
127 mm bore cylinder @ 49.2 Lpm = 10 seconds one-way
127 mm bore cylinder @ 60.6 Lpm = 8 seconds one-way
101.6 mm bore cylinder @ 49.2 Lpm = 6.5 seconds one-way
101.6 mm bore cylinder @ 60.6 Lpm = 5 seconds one-way
Work table dimensions, with log lift: 34" wide × 72" long 864 mm wide × 1829 mm long
Estimated cost to build: $1500 (Before COVID*)

* Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices for steel vary considerably from one place to another place.

Pin-on Mini Payloader

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Imperial Metric
Overall weight: 230 pounds 105 kg
Lift capacity: 350 pounds 159 kg
Lift height under a level bucket: 55" 1397 mm
Lift height to the pivot pin: 59" 1498.6 mm
Bucket width: 44" 1117.6 mm
Bucket capacity: 0.25 cubic yards (yd³) 191 liters (L)
Bucket curl (roll back) angle: 45 degrees
Bucket dump (roll down) angle: 75 degrees
Self-leveling bucket linkage
Estimated cost to build: $500 (Before COVID*) - using tractor’s on-board hydraulic system
$1000 (Before COVID*) - using an external add-on hydraulic system

* Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices for steel vary considerably from one place to another place.

Scissor-lift Dump Trailer

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Imperial Metric
Trailer weight: 850 pounds 386 kg
Weight carrying capacity: 3000 pounds (1.5 tons (US)) 1361 kg
Dump capacity: 3000 pounds (1.5 tons (US)) 1361 kg
Dump bed size: 40" x 78" x 16" 1116 mm x 1981 mm x 406 mm
Dump bed capacity: 1.07 cubic yards (yd³) / 28.9 cubic feet 818 liters (L)
Onboard hydraulic system
Fold-down side gates and removable tailgate
Hydraulic scissors lift with a pair of 2.5" bore cylinders
Walking beam suspension
Estimated cost to build: $2000 (Before COVID*) - using tractor’s on-board hydraulic system
$2400 (Before COVID*) - using an external add-on hydraulic system

* Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices for steel vary considerably from one place to another place.

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