A SOLID PLAN and some ingenuity can save you thousands of dollars, simplify long-term maintenance, and transform a “dated” piece of equipment into a go-to solution for landscaping and maintenance done on your property. P.F. Engineering’s Front-end Loader Build Plans have enabled hundreds of customers to upgrade their ordinary tractors.
Front-end Loader Build Plans demystify the construction of a loader attachment for your tractor. They break down the project into doable steps that can be carried out by you or someone you employ. Equipped with our experience and detailed information, you control your project’s budget and schedule. And, you know what maintenance and repairs will cost in the years to come.
P.F. Engineering’s founder, Paul, still uses the original loader attachment that he built more than 20 years ago. The loader originally girded a 1974 Cub Cadet 149, which was a large-frame garden tractor that weighed 750 pounds. Eventually, he swapped tractors, but kept the loader.
Paul’s loader now outfits a 1986 Ford 1110 compact tractor, which is a 4-wheel drive, diesel model that weighs 1,400 pounds.
|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.
Head over to our picture gallery where we have 1063 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.
On our videos page, see customers operating their DIY loaders, backhoes and log splitters — all built using our 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.
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.
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.