What is the problem running a hard tired lift on packed gravel?
Since this ancient thread seems to be revived by a spam post...
It all depends on what, where, how.
I have an 80HP farm tractor with a front end loader that can lift around 1.3 tons (my mill is 1.3 tons), the rear 3-point hitch can supposedly lift 4 tons, but only a couple of feet.
My pallet fork can be mounted front or rear.
I replaced the old hydraulic valve for a new one, and the action is much improved. The new control valve makes it easy to feather the lift or drop.
It's rare that I can't do what I need doing with this cheap old machine.
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That frame looks like you could remove about 12" from the arms/mounting surface, getting
the forks closer to the front axle.
The cross member barely clears the engine cover and the arms already interfere with the steering when they're down.
And the lift is just 10', I could use a bit more but definitely don't want less.
The FEL was made for an MF35, a smaller tractor with smaller front wheels.
It's 50 or 60 years old.
My tractor is younger, just 35 years old.
I renovated all the pivots and pins, honed the cylinders, replaced the seals, and upped the PRV to 250 bar (3600psi), both this tractor and the MF spec is 175 bar (2500psi). The pump, valve, and hose are rated 250 max, so are the cylinder seals.
The rest is just metal.
I replaced the pump too, sized for 50% more flow. That creates a little back pressure at higher rpm, I bought a priority flow valve to solve that problem but haven't done the work yet.
I put a gauge on the control panel.
I tend to beat on it, especially with the digging bucket.
Agriculture tractors aren't built like digger/loaders.
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