LifeTrac Frame Design
See prior work here at LifeTrac#Basic_Frame. Remove the articulated joint, and add a second loader on the rear.
Basic design rationale for the LifeTrac II frame:
- Wheels are offset from the right to left side of the tractor by 8 inches to allow for mounting of hydrauilic motors on the side of the frame, as opposed to the bottom, for easy access.
- Hydraulic motors have quick connect couplers so the operator could select front wheel, rear wheel, and four wheel drive.
- Hydraulic motor mount plate (see blog for hydraulic motor mount plate example) allows motor interchangeability by two 3/4" bolts (presently used for soil pulverizer, lathe, PTO generator, tree auger, straw line cutter)
- Wheel shafts are 1 7/8" for interchangeability with LifeTrac I infrastructure.
- Loader on both front and back of tractor for doubling implement-handling ability
- Quick attach plate upgraded for easier latching (taller, narrower fingers)
- Frame tubing - 4x4x1/4 inch steel tubing.
- Monolithic rod for mounting loaders runs the width of the machine. Two of these are used for 2 loaders. Loader attachment towards mid-front of tractor for weight balance. Rear loader is extra heavy duty for angled and tilted blades.
- Ready adaptability for 1, 2, or 3 Power Cubes. 2 power cubes can fit on the rear. Another can be placed on the rear loader.
- Dually wheel configuration available.
- Wheel tracks readily adaptable.
- Frame design similar to the front piece of LifeTrac I.
- Skid steering.
- Hydraulics are completely quick connected.
- Power Cube is self-contained, with only external connection to tractor being 2 hydrauilic lines, with 12 and 28 GPM couplers used throughout.