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 01-25-2008, 10:21 Post: 150714
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I know a couple folks on here built a Caddigger, I'm just wondering if you had good luck with it, and anything you would change??

And wondering about the resale value when you are done??

I have a John Deere 650 with a FEL now and need to do some work down at our lake property. I'd use it off and on for a couple of years. Rentals; this place is 2.5 hours drive from here so can't do a cheap one day, it would need to be a 3 day minimum.

Don't need to dig very deep, 4 ft at the most. I have the 608 plans on order.






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 01-25-2008, 15:48 Post: 150730
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I built a 708 a few years ago. I used it quite a bit the first couple of years I had it, last year I think I had it out twice to remove stumps.
Mine doesn't have hydraulic stabilizers, which would be nice; also I wish I had a narrower bucket for digging trenches for water/electrical lines.
Can't help you on resale value.
I've had good luck with mine within its limits. It isn't the same as a dedicated tractor-loader-backhoe; it is a very good alternative to a shovel and pick.

I've attached a link to the web page that documented my build; I haven't looked at the page for a long time, don't know if it all still works.

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 01-25-2008, 16:33 Post: 150733
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How much of a problem was it Not having Hyd stabilizers? What I'm thinking is it just takes more time to hop off, make an adjustment to the manual one and get back on the tractor. The Hyd ones, you never leave the seat, except to move the tractor ahead a ways.
I'm thinking that the joy stick valves would be the way to go.
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 01-25-2008, 20:26 Post: 150739
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As far as function goes, the lack of hydraulic stabilizers isn't really a problem. It is inconvenient just because I have to unpin the stabilizer and insert it upside-down to get enough ground clearance to travel over rough ground when the hoe is attached to the tractor. Really not a big deal, it's just hydraulic stabilizers would make it easier.

It is hard to describe without a demonstration; but as far function goes, the extra expense and complication of hydraulic stabilizers isn't justified. I drew up plans to build some the first year I had the Caddigger, just not worth it in my case. Once I'm near the digging site I put the stabilizers in one position and they stay there until I'm done; the 3-point hitch is used to lift the hoe off the ground enough to move the tractor up.

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 01-25-2008, 21:11 Post: 150741
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Bill thanks for taking the time to reply. I have been on your CADDigger construction website many times to look at your project. Nice job.

I've got the plans ordered and the debate I'm having with myself is to spend the extra money and just get the kit or do it on the cheap and make all the metal parts myself. I have a metal yard about 2 blocks from me that has recycled metal. I also have a plasma cutter and small cutting torch, plus a home machine shop so all it would take is time. I'm retired, so my time is free.

Did you go with the joystick valves? I see Surplus center has them for $249 for a 2 spool open center, if I got two that would do the trick. BG in Iowa






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 01-26-2008, 00:10 Post: 150745
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I used the 4-stick setup instead of the joysticks. Having no experience with either one, I just went with the cheaper of the two.

If I had a plasma cutter and a readily available source of metal, I would have cut my own metal instead of using the MetKit kit. It would have been cheaper and more satisfying; but the kit did save me some time and aggravation. I'm not very good with cutting torches and some of the metal is pretty thick.

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 01-26-2008, 10:23 Post: 150750
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Well I thought for sure my Plans would be here Friday, but no. So Sad

My plasma cutter only will do 3/8 and as I recall the side plates and boom pivot plates are 1/2 inch. I will need to use my cutting torch and rent some larger tanks, or maybe pay my recycled metal supplier $20 to do the heavy plate cuts for me Smile

Do the plans come with full scale templates for the side plates? I would imagine those are the most critical. BG in Iowa






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 01-26-2008, 15:06 Post: 150752
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I don't remember about the full-sized drawings. Everything is in book format, no folded plans or blueprints. So if the part is bigger than about sheet-of-paper size, the drawing won't be full scale.

If you want me to draw you up anything full-sized just let me know; I could easily draw it in AutoCAD, plot if out and mail it to you. I do that kind of thing for fun.

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 01-29-2008, 16:12 Post: 150922
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Bill, I got the plans Monday. They seem pretty straight forward, I did make up an Excel spreadsheet to price out the major material before I go any further.

Having my salvage metal yard two blocks away makes it kind of nice. They won't be there to many more years. The City, EPA and OHSHA will soon take care of them, but they are about ready to retire anyway.

I'm trying to find the hydraulic cylinders they spec'd, all Surplus Center has is the Clevis ends in the sizes they want to use. I see you used the stock ones from Metkit, but the shipping is so expensive for both the metal and cylinders. I'd like to find them close by.... BG in Iowa (darn cold here!!!)






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 01-29-2008, 17:12 Post: 150926
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I'm currently in the process of striping a homemade loader off of a Farmall "C". I'm selling the tractor to someone that doesn't want the loader. It is going to the scrap yard minus the cylinders.

I may also have a larger diameter short stroke cylinder laying around. I sold the farm and am cleaning up 150 years worth of stuff that has accumulated.

If you are interested, I'l give specifics. Stuff will be cheap!






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