View Full Version : 4WD articulated tractor works!

10-07-2008, 04:46 PM
Thought I'd start a new thread, the build is here --> Artic build thread (http://www.nettractortalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1068)

Well, its a goer! Had one big leak, just a loose hose though. Seems to be stopped now. Did a few (alot) of victory laps. The lawn is ruined, worth it though.
Very pleased with the way it works. Its got plenty of power from what I have seen so far.

We got one decent photo despite it being night time.

10-07-2008, 06:42 PM
SWEET !!!!!!!!

Jim Slagle
10-07-2008, 06:55 PM
Looking Good!

10-07-2008, 08:12 PM
AWESOME Mith. Congrats to you. You da man!!!!!!!!!
You deserve a beer!!!
Cheers! :beer:

10-07-2008, 09:21 PM
Congrats Mith!!!! Wish you were closer, I would come play.

10-08-2008, 06:38 AM
Nice job mith, I'll bet you're grinning ear to ear!

Looking forward to more action photos and maybe a video clip!?

Congratulations on the job, well engineered and looks ****ing awesome!!!

10-08-2008, 12:00 PM
Looks great Mith. :tiphat: Keep up the good work and post more pic's we want to see it.:nopics:

10-08-2008, 03:20 PM
Cheers guys. If you weren't all on the wrong side of the pond you could come over to play with it.

I'll try and get some better pics and maybe a video this weekend.

Been playing more today. The engine has developed a problem, its running really rich. I've narrowed it down to probably being the plugs. I only had one spare that was similar, and it improved it, but I'll get a pair of brand new ones organized under warranty.

Found a load more loose fittings too, all on the return side, so they weren't leaking. The hydraulic tank seeps a little at the top. I'll have to have a think and decide what to do about it.

10-08-2008, 11:15 PM
That is impressive!

10-09-2008, 05:14 AM
Mith, Looking forward to the video.

10-09-2008, 03:21 PM
Thanks guys. Here is a little teaser. As you can see, it only just fits out the door.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/mith1/artic/th_Movie_0004.jpg (http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/mith1/artic/?action=view&current=Movie_0004.flv)

10-09-2008, 06:17 PM
That is awesome Jim. :wave:

10-11-2008, 08:31 AM
It looks fantastic Jim!

Can't wait for some daylight pictures.....


10-11-2008, 11:32 AM
Very cool Mith! Keep up the good work!

10-12-2008, 06:41 AM
Cheers guys

Excuse the temp fuel tank. I need to find a much bigger one, I'd like it to be able to run all day without filling up. Seems to use ~1 USgallon an hour or maybe a little more. Only got 2 hours on the clock so far though.

10-12-2008, 08:10 AM
Thats what we wanted to see, a little mud on that thing.:yum:

10-12-2008, 08:52 AM
If you put a sheet metal hood over that engine, you might have to raise that La-Z-Boy recliner up so that you can see over the hood.:yum:

Are you going to put some type of hitch or something on it so that you can "do work"? Like I told Monica when I bought my tractor (BTW, your's is much cooler because you made it) the tractor is useless w/o attachments.

10-13-2008, 07:16 AM
Oh man does that look great! :respect:

Good job Jim.

10-13-2008, 01:23 PM
Sweet, Mith! Any particular jobs you need it for, or just couldn't resist building it?:respect:

10-13-2008, 07:24 PM
Holy Cow!

That had to be a very proud moment indeed. You have a very rare quality in problem solving and your tenacious attitude about building and finishing the projects are most certainly appreciated by most all of us.

jwstewar brings up an interesting point....How much of a problem would it be relocating the exhaust muffler and air cleaner body?? Seems like a little fabricating now would sure improve visability, especially if you ad a front end loader, spear, bucket or forks.

Over here, my above paragraph is called 'Armchair Quaterbacking' LOL.....

I'm anxious to find out how much weight you Monster will skid and look forward to updates......

Thanks so very much for sharing the build thus far.


10-14-2008, 04:58 PM
Cheers guys, I appreciate the comments, means alot to have some nice comments :D

Jim, jealous of my seat are you?! :D Its real nice, springs in it and everything!
I've got a 3ph to go on, just need to get some rams to lift it. I've got a stack of spare hydraulic outlets, planning to use mostly trailed equip like the large artic tractors.

Zion, I dont have any use but I couldnt help building it, just to see if I could....

Mark, thanks.
I'll probably leave the muffler be (apart from adding a stack). Still deciding on the air cleaner, I find that I tend to look down beside the engine instead of over the top. Decisions......
I did pull the Ferguson up the hill out of the garage the other day, no worries there.

The engine problem is sorted, a new pair of plugs did the trick. I'm not used to the fuel consumption of this large engine. The little Kohlers in the digger and other bits and bobs only sip fuel. This burns about 1 gal/hour, or about $1 of fuel every 8~10 mins at our prices. I can run all day on 2 gals in the digger.
Another issue has come up however, the wheel motors cavitate when slowing down going downhill. Hopefully the problem should be solvable using a few relief valves and check valves to recirculate some of the flow. It'll slow down at a slower rate, but be easier on the motors.

10-25-2008, 06:25 PM
Jim, have to hand it to ya, that is one fantastic accomplishment!!:tiphat::tiphat: Sounds like ya acquired a pretty decent welder in the past 2 years. As hard as you tried with what ya had, you really deserve a nice one.
What else have you planned for the new "toy"?:beer::beer:

10-26-2008, 02:55 PM
Cheers John.
Yea, I've taken quite a jump in the world of welders. Current one I'm using is an inverter. Using it for stick welding, but it'll also TIG weld. Nice machine, but it cost a fortune.

Going to add a few toys, then use it for whatever comes up. 3pt linkage on the back, blade on the front. I've got a big hydraulic motor for a winch. I;ve got a bunch of hydraulic remotes for trailed tools. It'll be great in the woods.

Mud season has well and truly arrived this last week, its real messy out. The tractor just goes though, I'm very pleased. I think a blade on the front will be a good idea though, just save all the mud getting scooped up in the undercarriage.
I was way too slow getting the wood done for this winter, so I;ve got to slide about in the mud getting it up to the house. No tow hitch on the artic yet, but as soon as i get one done I'll be using it to tow the wood up. I use the digger to carry wood up on the pallet forks and it really chews the ground up. The artic is much easier on the ground.

10-26-2008, 06:01 PM
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10-26-2008, 06:31 PM
Well, now that I screwed that post all up, what I was trying to say, was that the talk of mud, wood, and front blade tipped me off to what your machine reminded me of in the first place. That link is to a photo of what we call a grapple logskidder. They're used in the woods to drag out trees to be cut to length, then loaded on trucks to go to the sawmill. They're one BADAZZ machine. I can just see you with a smaller one "skiddin' out your firewood.LOL:shock::beer::beer:

10-27-2008, 06:09 PM
You've rumbled me there John. Thats pretty much what I'm going for (though clearly smaller :D). The drive system is almost exactly the same as some of the hydraulic drive skidders.
Planning on a winch on the back rather than the skidding grapple, that way I can have the 3ph to allow for different attachments. I can always have a 3ph mounted grapple.

10-28-2008, 07:48 PM
Time to stop playing with your tractor and get on with the FEL construction...:D...Nice job so far...;)

11-24-2008, 05:27 AM
If you're interested in articulated homemade tractors, I've just recently posted some pictures under the "snowblower" thread title.

03-10-2009, 11:37 AM
I'm a bit late to the game here, but even got a bit busy to hang around FF lately, so when a bit of weather made some computer time look very attractive to procrastate getting doused with freezing rain -even if just out to the garage- I had to get a bit caught up over there, and got to wondering "how's that Englishman doing with that articulated!"

Congrats! Looks great!

03-10-2009, 10:26 PM

A spiffy logging arch will keep your trees out of the mud....

03-20-2009, 04:13 PM
Thanks guys.
I drug it out the workshop yesterday after it had been sat in the corner for a couple months. Still fun to drive :D
I've got all the bits made for the 3 point linkage, maybe I'll get to welding them on some time. I dont know where the days go, too many toys, too little time! :D

03-20-2009, 07:35 PM

Did your engine/fuel consumption problem ever get fixed?

03-21-2009, 03:58 AM
No Mark. Think I am going to find a good used diesel to replace it, I should have listened to you at the beginning.

07-22-2009, 06:04 PM
WOW!! by far one of the coolest machines i've seen!! i like this one even better then the artic ingercase. you sir have out done yourself!

07-24-2009, 09:26 AM
Jim, have you thought of adding front 3pt hitch? With quick attach up front & back, awesome! Well, it's awesome anyway!:tiphat:

10-22-2009, 05:43 AM
I like it!!!:respect: How much do you have in it? Or is that a secret?:hide:
hugs, Brandi

10-22-2009, 06:00 PM
Mith is away from home right now and has no access to the web.........GAWD FORBID:eek:

It's been a month or two now. Still could be a while before he can answer.

10-22-2009, 07:15 PM
Mith is away from home right now and has no access to the web.........GAWD FORBID:eek:

It's been a month or two now. Still could be a while before he can answer.
Oh Wow! Thanks! Two months? I feel tractor withdrawal pains as I type.
hugs, Brandi

10-22-2009, 09:43 PM
Mith is away from home right now and has no access to the web.........GAWD FORBID:eek:

It's been a month or two now. Still could be a while before he can answer.

I've been wondering where he's been. He's been awol from all his usual haunts. Been worried about the guy! Thanks for the heads-up!

10-23-2009, 06:33 PM
Actually it's been since 7/23/09. Doc posted this in the Staff Forum.

He has taken on a new job and is moving where there is no internet. He said he even lost TV. Guess he is really moving to the sticks.

10-23-2009, 09:24 PM
Actually it's been since 7/23/09. Doc posted this in the Staff Forum.
Well, I have been MIA also.:hangingclothes::shitHitsFan::fishing::bangin ::whistle::umbrella::soapbox::read::bash::waiting:
hugs, Brandi

10-24-2009, 10:12 AM
And we wondered if you were ok too.

10-24-2009, 11:41 AM
And we wondered if you were ok too.
Thanks for that!:respect: I have just been busy.:pat: I have a laptop now with wireless, so when we are caught up at work, I can browse the internet and check up on y'all.:cool:
hugs, Brandi

10-21-2012, 04:46 AM
it has been a few years now, how is the tractor any updates or modifications niggle

10-21-2012, 10:01 AM
I havent had the time to really do anything to it. Its just parked in a barn.

I am currently trying to sell it, 5000 if anyone is interested!

06-23-2013, 08:45 AM
Just an update to this.
Managed to sell the tractor to a guy who specialises in amphibious vehicles. Working with him we have made it into an amphibious rescue craft. Pretty cool bit of kit.
Once all the paperwork is in place to protect it I will post some pictures.

06-23-2013, 07:33 PM
Awesome. I look forward to the pics Mith. :clap: :clap: :clap:

12-26-2013, 04:34 PM
Very nice work.have any videos of the beast in action

12-19-2015, 02:16 PM
Evening all.
Just thought I'd share a pic of where this tractor ended up.
Ended up using all the drive system, and adding a hydraulic driven jet impeller for water drive.
Fully amphibious!

12-20-2015, 08:39 AM
Hey Mith,

Nice to see you back! That's one sweet looking vehicle. Now I'm going to have to re-read this thread to refresh my history. Need to work on Christmas now so will read it later today.

12-22-2015, 11:50 AM
Awesome. Very kewl Mith. Good to hear from you man. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. :beer: