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I know of a small winch operated loader that I can get for cheap. It's small enough for a massey ferguson 7 or 8 I think.

Is the frame and front axle assembly up for light loader duty? I can chop a 12 front axle down to 7 size if needed, mf 12 up at the barn is a parts machine.

By light duty I mean moving small square bales of straw and or straw 2 at a time (60 pounds max for these bales), moving snow with a bucket (36" wide by 18" deep) moving sand mulch compost and dirt with the same bucket.

I also want to add the variable speed setup from the 12 to a 7, for increased control on speeds. Has anyone tried this?

So I am going to need a bucket and bake forks, bucket will be rather simple. A pair of 36"x18"X1/4" pieces of sheet metal welded together, braced with angle iron and 2 18x18x18" 1/4" thick triangles on the ends, also braced with angle iron.

The bale forks will be 4 12" spikes (giant nails essentially) placed on 7 1/2" centres in 1"X1" square tubing, with a square frame 24" tall to stop bales from falling on me when I carry 2 at a time.

So what are your opinions on my ideas?

I truly enjoy this forum because I feel you guys (girls too if you're out there!) understand what I'm saying...
 

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To light of tractor. Only 400 lb or so. Only plastic bushings on front wheels. There is a low range for the 7s thou. Move the drive belt out one groove on the engine pully. Push clutch in to loosen belt so you can move it.

Noel.
 

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If I may ask, what needs to be fixed on the 12? Maybe fix it and build a loader for it.
Needs new tires and rims, motor is in unknown condition transaxle was locked up (full of ice) lots of rust, no key, fuel tank is full of crap...

even then... I'm sure I can sucker my dads friend into trading his massey ferguson 12 that was my grandpas for my crapsman 6 speed. He just wants something that mows the lawn.
 

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As said already, it's not a good idea to try a loader on a 7 or 8. You'll just
break the poor little thing. Try to get that 12. You should own grampa's machine anyway.
i agree. Heck, I want to bring it home, fix it till it runs like it should (without grandpa knowing!!) and bugger off to his house with it and some implements, go work up his garden.
 
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