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ARK 550 FEL lifting Capacity?

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Was wondering if anyone knows what the safe lifting capacity is on the ARK 550.  I have D-160 with the 1" front axles and am always afraid over doing it.  I have lifted the D series 60" rear mower deck with the bucket a few times and have always worried I was going to damage the front axle.  It seems to me that the front axle is the weak link on the d series when lifting with the bucket.

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The 1" front axles are adequate for the 500lb capacity.  Weak spot are the bearings in eh front wheels.  Several thread here about D series front hub replacements using trailer type roller bearings.  I haven't done it yet but I am gentle with her when I have a big load on it.  No high speed on rough terrain.

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Thanks for the information.  500# seems like a lot of for these tractors!    

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I would add that if I have it heavily loaded I keep the bucket low.  Instability is more likely than overloading the hydro pump and/or loader frame.

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My GT-14 has a Johnson Workhorse FEL which is about the same, lifted one of my 953s with it with no problem, about 700 pounds. I didn't travel very far with it; just enough to get it back on its wheels.    :scared-eek:   Don't ask for pictures, there aren't any.

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I have a D-250 with a ARK 550 on it I carried  my full dress AMC 390 engine with it, like over 500lbs. Have the rear tires loaded 75lbs each and rear wheel weights 55lbs each and myself 250lbs.

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