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    Mariposa, CA
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    1946 TD6 and 1947 Agricat

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  1. Red-to-go

    TD-6 Kioti backhoe project - complete

    That would be nice. Might need to add a remote blade lever too. Surprisingly I can rock 6 tons pretty good while digging with the blade up!
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    TD-6 Kioti backhoe project - complete

    Planted two bare root fruit trees today in less than 10 min, in the past this would have been an hour plus easy by hand - dividends! Starting to throw the left track so back to the maintenance stall! I’ve been able to pop it back on turning in reverse but don’t want to push it, throwing the track off this beast for good will mean pulling the blade off and that’s a process best left alone.
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    TD-6 Kioti backhoe project - complete

    Here are some pics its powered by a Predator 420cc (13hp) gas engine with electric start. 6 gpm bi-directional Nortrac aluminum pump, supplied by a 12 gallon Nortrac hydraulic tank w filter and 2500 psi pressure relief valve factory set to 2250 psi that matches the Kioti system. I’m running at 3/4 throttle so guessing my psi is a little lower. I plan to add a gauge at some point.
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    TD-6 Kioti backhoe project - complete

    The subframe is 2x6” 1/4” steel tubing, it’s pretty solid. That is why I went with a subframe option I didn’t like how flimsy some of the three points are, I would have twisted it for sure.
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    TD-6 Kioti backhoe project - complete

    I’ll take some more pics toward the weekend when the rain shuts off, 5 inches predicted now until Friday, she’s all tarped up til then. As far as future projects... not sure I do work this tractor hard so for about every 1-2 hours of run time I’ve got 4-6 in repair, mtc, or upkeep. A few weeks back I was ripping up brush with the blade and all of sudden saw diesel fuel squirting all over the valve cover, broke a fuel line when a branch come up from underneath. Last week it was the starter. I did a whole double clutch disc overhaul and they already need adjustment so all that to say I better pace my self! I just blew the friction discs on my little Agricat crawler so that’s the next job. I might also add hydraulics to it as well, not sure there is a place for those projects on this forum.
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    TD6 Dozer/Loader

    Looks great Chris, coming along nicely. My starter was acting up recently also. I pulled it and found that one of the wires to one of the field brushes on the commutator end plates was badly frayed and likely causing a short or intermittent start at least. Even though these staters are hard to find because of their reverse mounting and rotation parts are still pretty interchangeable on other aftermarket models. I was able to simply swap out the commutator end plate from a new starter I bought off eBay. Also whenever I have the armature out I give the commutator a good cleaning with some dental tools to clean out the grooves and then a light sanding with some wet sanding paper and CRC electrical cleaner spray just to brighten up the copper a bit. Works for me every time when I start having issues. Rob
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    TD-6 Kioti backhoe project - complete

    Close up of bolt up before engine pump and tank went on, this is as close to tractor I could go since I was up against the drawbar pin under the oil pan
  8. Finally got the Kioti subframe KB2475 backhoe successfully mated to the TD-6 and operational. I used 7/8” u-bolts to mount the subframe essentially to the drawbar assembly. I decided not to run the BH off the rear PTO to alleviate extra stress to the 6’s engine. Instead I designed a standalone set up with a 13hp predator engine, 6 gpm pump, 1,250 psi pressure relief return loop and 12 gallon hydraulic tank to give a long run time without overheating the fluid too quick. So far it’s working great. It’s a little low clearancewise but manages ok and does not seem to tip the balance of the tractor at all. Can’t say what the breakout force is with the 13hp engine but I can lift the rear of the tractor up when digging hardpan! Speed of the hydraulic pump is good for the hp. I only open it up about 3/4 throttle when digging for smooth, quick operation. At full throttle it’s too jerky, this should make the engine last a bit longer running it below full all the time. So far dug a few trenches and quickly ripped out some stubborn oak stumps. I’ll post more pics of the set up soon.
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    O Ring Boss (ORB) question

    I bought a hydraulic swivel fitting online that says it is 7/8" male ORB x 3/4 NPT can someone explain to me why a 7/8" ORB is actually a 1 - 3/16" thread size? I found the following chart on another tractor forum. The seller is adamant that a 7/8" male ORB is actually a 1-3/16" diameter thread size, this makes no sense to me, but I'm no ORB expert. I thought the ORB size related to the insider diameter of the "pipe" inside the fitting, which for the fitting I have actually measures 3/4" I.D. and not 7/8" Thanks
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    Backhoe project for TD6

    Can't seem to find much info on the pump. I don't plan on hooking it up again until I have everything matched right.
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    TD6 steering adjustment Q?

    Update: after a little more time crawling around it is turning more with just the levers engaged and only need to engage foot brake sparingly
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    Backhoe project for TD6

    Thanks all! This hoe fits Kioti tractors in the 35hp range, hydraulics used to run it produce 11.7 gpm at 2,466 psi. My TD6 is an early model (1946) and I believe the pto spins with trans in neutral when engine clutch is engaged. I'll confirm that tomorrow. Alt route may be to run a separate pump/engine setup like the DR Power backhoe, this could be less stress/wear on the TD's engine from all that idle time
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    Backhoe project for TD6

    I think you and George (trucker1) are right. I have a rear PTO shaft guessing it's 540. I've been looking at the Prince pumps in 11 gpm range, but not too excited about the price! I'll check out Surplus Center. Thanks
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    Backhoe project for TD6

    Ran two new lines and hooked it up today for a trial run. Everything was working fine but the lines got a little hot pretty fast when the tank was still pretty cool. The blade valve didn't seem to like the added pressure either, I think the lever was having trouble staying in the open position so that could have been it. I have quite a few bends in the pipe coming off the valve as well that could be the culprit. Have some troubleshooting to do I gues.
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    Backhoe project for TD6

    Project is underway, tied the hydraulic lines in to the existing system to try and get a feel for how the existing system's speed and digging force will measure up.