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10/30/2017  NEW PRODUCT ! -- the P.F. Engineering "Dual-Split" LOG SPLITTER PLANS are now available for $40 with Free Shipping. 
video and Specifications are on our "videos" page.


P.F. Engineering specializes in Backhoe plans and Front End Loader plans developed for use on garden tractors and compact tractors. The loaders and backhoes illustrated here are the perfect tools for the care and maintenance of your property and landscaping. Light and powerful, they are great for those hard to get at locations where a larger machine won't fit and are able to travel over lawn and landscaped areas with minimum ground compaction and surface damage.

Our customers have been using their loaders to carry mulch, transfer stone and topsoil, clean out their barns, remove snow, and to lift and load heavy objects of all sorts onto their pick up trucks and trailers.

Likewise, the Micro Hoe can be used to dig trenches for electrical and water lines, irrigation and drainage systems, planting bushes and trees and for digging small ponds and water features, to name just a few of it's possible uses.

If you would like to build your own loader or backhoe, you've come to the right place. our plans are professionally drawn, do-it-yourself friendly and priced right for your construction budget.


Head over to our picture gallery page where we have over 600 of our customers machines on display and use the search box at the top to locate a particular make or model tractor you are interested in seeing with the loader or backhoe attachments.


see videos of the loader and backhoe operating on our Videos page. i also have some videos of the log splitter i am creating plans for and will be selling soon.


in our Order Plans page you can order either a single loader or backhoe plan or combination set of both loader and backhoe. there are ordering links for plans shipping WITHIN the U.S. and OUTSIDE the U.S.


Contact Us   ask the original designer and builder any questions about these projects before you purchase plans.

feel free to contact Paul by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office 413-256-4960 or Paul's cel at 413-835-5801 if you have questions about a particular tractor application, a question about hydraulics, etc.


the Spindle Upgrade page has some nice ideas about beefing up your garden tractors front spindles to take the weight of the front end loader. i have links to parts i have used myself, spindles, hubs and 4 bolt rims and suppliers you can check for current prices.


the FAQ page contains some of the most commonly asked questions we hear about building the loader and backhoe. your question may be answered there, if not please feel free to contact us by email or phone.


QUESTIONS? contact Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Micro Hoe Specifications

  •     est. cost to build $ 1700 
  •     weight: 350 pounds
  •     digging depth: 5-1/2 feet
  •     reach: 8 feet
  •     hydraulic stabilizer spread: 7-1/2 feet
  •     boom swing: 170 degrees
  •     bucket width: 10 inches
  •     built in oil reservoir
  •     spin on oil strainer element
  •     proportioned hydraulics for simultaneous cylinder movements without a pressure drop


Front End Loader Specifications

  •     est. cost to build $ 1200 
  •     weight: 325 pounds
  •     lift capacity: well over 500 pounds
  •     lift height to level bucket: 73 inches
  •     bucket width: 42 to 54 inches
  •     bucket capacity: .21 to .27 cubic yards
  •     bucket roll down: 50 degrees at maximum lift
  •     built in oil reservoir
  •     spin on oil strainer element
  •     joystick control option