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Eric Fadenrecht    Posted 10-12-2021 at 11:14:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Installing a loader to an 8n
  • I just bought a 1951 8n a couple days ago. I am completely new to tractor ownership. I am looking at buying a loader online that was previously on another 8n. I am hesitant because I am not sure how hard it will be to install. What resources are available to help me install the loader if I do decide to purchase it. Thanks, Eric

    HCooke    Posted 10-14-2021 at 17:04:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Installing a loader to an 8n
  • Here is a picture of a rear scoop on one of my 8Ns. It is not reversible. I use it to move drive gravel from a ditch back to where it belong after a heavy rain. Also useful to carry tool and other stuff.


    Kirk-NJ    Posted 10-14-2021 at 05:12:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Installing a loader to an 8n
  • Agree with other about the loader on an 8n but should you decide to get one anyway make sure you get all the bracket and pump crankshaft pulley to go with it. I just sold this New Idea loader off an 8n tractor I picked up for parts


    Bruce(VA)    Posted 10-12-2021 at 11:34:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Installing a loader to an 8n
  • I've got 4 8N's; one trailer queen & 3 workers. One of the workers is a 1951 and had a Freeman loader. If I could only own one N, it would not have a loader on it. The N doesn't have PS, so a loader makes it very difficult to steer. (my wife can't drive it) Stopping it on a down slope w/ a full bucket is a real joy as well. Maneuvering around trees, etc, w/ that bucket out there isn't fun either. Some require you to chain the lift arms down to operate the loader. And, try a simple 5 minute repair job (points replacement) w/ some loaders attached & you will not be happy. Worst of all, the N wasn't designed to carry the weight of the loader & the load, so be prepared for split radius rods & worn out front end parts.

    As an alternative, a rear scoop bucket on an N works very well.

    As to ease of detachment.....it's not going to happen. The old loaders weren't meant to come off & on in 5 minutes like the new ones.

    I built a frame to hold the lift cylinders, arms & bucket for my loader. I drive in & 20 - 30 minutes later & a lot of lost fluid, it's off.

    There were at least 5 (& probably more) loaders built for N's; Wagner, Freeman, Dearborn, Davis & Sauder come to mind. Each has certain advantages over the other, (e.g., the Sauder does detach quicker) but all share the common disadvantages I mentioned above.

    Ultradog MN    Posted 10-13-2021 at 06:49:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Installing a loader to an 8n
  • Good post Bruce.
    It pretty much mirrors my own thoughts about putting a loader on these tractors.

    Eric Fadenrecht    Posted 10-12-2021 at 11:44:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Installing a loader to an 8n
  • I've never seen a rear scoop bucket. I am wanting to use the tractor for landscaping, so hauling rock, dirt, etc. Would this be viable with a rear scoop? If so, where do you find them?

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 10-14-2021 at 04:32:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Installing a loader to an 8n
  • A reversible rear scoop works quite well on the 8N. Quick to attach/detach and will move dirt, gravel, mulch, etc.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 10-13-2021 at 05:51:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Installing a loader to an 8n
  • I would highly recommend a reversible scoop. If you have a pile of dirt to move, it's much easier to load backing in than it is to drive over the pile to load it forwards.
    Some, and possibly all, of the old Stockland scoops can be modified to become a reversible also.

    McNugget    Posted 10-12-2021 at 14:05:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Installing a loader to an 8n
  • Search for "rear scoop Ford 8N" and you will find some options by Northern Tool, King Kutter, and others. Watch some related YouTube videos to see if they do what you want. A "box blade", say 5 foot wide, is another good landscaping tool. You can actually move and pile dirt with it and in reverse it pushes things around. A "carry all" frame can double as palette forks or bolt on some boards and, well, carry all your stuff around...

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