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switch utility tractor that i designed!

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Hardscaping, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359


    i designed this using sketch up from google.

    i was thinking that i wanted to build my own utility tractor that could roll lawns move dirt and have other possibilities as well such as auger and such things. i designed this for fun, but now that the design is done i think i am better off buying a $5000 skid steer with 2000 hours on it.

    the reason why i named it switch is because the roller can detach and wheels can be put in place.

    i would prefer to get acknowledgment if someone were to do a prototype and sell the idea. $$
    anyways let me know what you think.

    thinking of making the loader part be completely removable from the frame and the riser for it as well, so then the machine can be utilized as a dump as well.
  2. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359


    possibly put a small bulldozer blade in front with the dump box!
  3. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    any thoughts? 88 views no comments lol!
  4. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    tractors like this have existed in the past, where you can switch out one half or the other for different attachments.

    Its not a bad idea, but I don't know that you'd be finding anyone here that has enough engineering skills that would be able to build it from the ground up.
  5. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    If i had the money i would build a prototype. hell i might build one next winter if i am bored enough and do well enough through the summer.
  6. tatmkr

    tatmkr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    No sense in me putting down all of the over two dozens attachments, but here are a few.http://www.steinerturf.com

    The only thing they are missing is the roller, which would be really easy to fabricate.

    And they are articulating, which your design looks to be as well.





  7. tatmkr

    tatmkr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    They most expensive part of your design would be to design and include a front drive with each attachment (i.e. front wheels for most). It woud be better to stay with the tried and true method of having the front drive with the main unit and just fabricate the attachments. Remember the more complicated it is, the more that can go wrong with it.
  8. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    that tractor is pretty cool, i just design another dump cart that is front wheel drive. the dump on it is design to be able to used as a scoop as well to scoop up topsoil and gravel into the bucket.
  9. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    ventrac, steiner, and a couple others all have the same concept as yours.

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