Appreciate the knowledgeable replies.
Brian I wonder if they got cold feet because of the loader issues discussed frequently. That would be bad press, that is , front axles breaking.
As I see it, they had a dilemma on their hands. They allowed Kwik-way to build a prototype FEL but as I understand it, this was supposed to be an "attachment". An attachment is something that anyone can buy....to add to a GT they already own. So let's say someone bought a 4223 PS in 2008 with a deck and used it for 2 years before deciding he needed an FEL for the hobby farm he just bought. His 4223PS must be "loader ready". So.. what does it mean for it to be "loader ready"? In my opinion, it should have a beefier front axle that has king pins with roller bearings, heavier spindles, bolt-on front rims and axle hubs with tapered roller races. It also needs a hydraulic system with Power Beyond capabilities that support a pair of quick couplers for the loader to attach to. The loader needs to be a Kwik-Tach model that has its own support system when it is disconnected from the tractor.
While all of the above sounds great, it really isn't. What it does is this. It forces Eastman to build EVERY 4223 to that spec, thus substantially raising the price of the tractor. Some people will never buy a FEL. They just want the 4223 that Eastman offers now and they don't want to pay for something they will never use. And if those mods push the price too close to the next tier of tractor, then people will jump to a true sub-cut and get a limited CAT 1 hitch, diff lock and a few more goodies for about the same money.
Tom I can appreciate those issues with the hydraulics, very interesting.
John its seems like there is a strong market for the CUT tractors. Can't understand why they didn't follow through. Now that would be a nice fabrication project, to replicate that tractor. Even put that little Caterpillar Diesel in they have at Surplus Supply.
CUT????? No.. I would not classify that is being a CUT. At best, it's a sub-CUT.
I wonder if there are plans on the prototype somewhere at Ingersoll. That would be a nice thing to have in the Technical Library. And I wonder what power plant it has. I'm sure that drawings do exist but they will never be released by the company. Those are proprietary plans that may have ideas that might be utilized on future tractors.
:222: :446: Best Regards, Rich