Loaders & Lift Capacity

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    When shopping for a frond end loader and comparing the lift capacity of loaders with tractors, it is imperative that you look not only at the specs listed but also the big picture being presented. In tractor literature, lift capacity is not always crystal clear. Sometimes what is listed is the lift capacity of the front end loader itself whereas at other times what might be listed is the lift capacity of the three point lift. Such nonspecific specifications can make deciphering the total lift capacity value a complicated effort.


    The problem here lies in the multiple ways in which lift capacity is measured. Figures can grow perplexing and confusing when you start to compare them amongst pivot pin capacity, static lift capacity, lift capacity to full height, lift arm capacity, bucket center capacity, and more. With all of these numbers that technically fall under the umbrella of lift capacity, matching your specific needs with an array of vague numbers might cause you to grow frustrated. The solution is going to lie in having a knowledgeable sales person who is willing to take the time to give you the answers you need and figure out what works best. What you need to bring to the table is a realistic evaluation of the work you will be doing, and thus a fair assessment of the lift capacity limits within which you are able to work based on the tractor you have and the implements you are buying. You also need to remember that lift capacity and speed of lift correlate directly; even if a loader has a high lift capacity, it may only be able to lift such a load at a very slow pace. This could cause serious delays in the field when it comes to getting work done in a timely manner.


    Keep in mind when looking at front end loaders that figuring the appropriate loader/tractor combination based on the lift capacity you have in mind is only the first step. Once the numbers game has been played, matching a front end loader to your tractor is the next step. Everywhere you look, aftermarket loaders will be present. There will be a plethora of them from which you may choose, many of which will have very attractive price tags. They will also boast universal adaptive capabilities, claiming to fit a series of tractors. In truth, they probably will fit all of those tractors, although they are unlikely to truly fit any of them well. Problems may exist between loaders that are not made by your tractor's manufacturer due to differences in stress points on the frame as well as hydraulic flow and pressure. Sure, if you have a problem, you can rely on the warranty to take care of it, right? Not likely. Tractor warranties often contain a void clause in the event that whatever failure presents is as a result of aftermarket parts, which will likely result in whatever monies you saved on that less expensive loader going right into out of pocket repair costs. Another problem that might plague you is an inability to operate the bucket tilt and loader boom at the same time on aftermarket models, which is another obstacle standing in the way of a job done quickly and efficiently.


    Ultimately the best loader for your tractor will be one made by the same manufacturer. Not only is it going to be made to work better with your tractor, but it will cover you on the warranty end. You also don't have to worry about the smoke and mirrors sometimes involved with aftermarket components and potentially exaggerated numbers generated by testing at the pivot pin (the location where buckets or forks attach) since the length of forks and width of the bucket can also impact lift capacity. Before you make your final decision, be sure to get the weight of the equipment you will be using to lift as that will directly impact your lift capacity, reducing it by that amount. Once all of these harrowing details are ironed out and the deal is done, may you enjoy the new loader you are finally able to take home!


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