This is a great example of a European 3 pt. loader. There are both advantages and disadvantages to the design, but I think they are a better solution to articulating tractors. The disadvantage is driving in reverse, but this is overcome with some practice and the control is much better than one would think. The advantages are that you have a great view of bucket to ground contact and the loader is easily removed. Unless you use a loader continuously, it is nice to clear the tractor of the loader when tilling, cutting, cultivating or using most 3 pt. attachments.
This is a particularly nice looking loader with excellent reach.
Here is a backhoe Helder is fabricating. This is inspirational!
This is a great looking hoe, as nice as any of the OEM's in the yard. His YouTube page has a good cover of the build. A well thought out project.
We will update on this project as we receive more information.
Some working photos of how they do it in Portugal. How about that load of gravel on the transporter!
Helder restored this Valpadana 4RM 300. I don't know of any Valpadana's in North America, but they are a well respected tractor in Europe. Helder has some great videos and owns several machines, including a transporter pictured below.
The transporters are a tremendously useful unit and I wish there were more in North America. I know of only a handful of them, most are Pasquali's with a few Goldoni's.
Helder has a youtube channel where you can see more of his work:
They also have a facebook page with some great info on it:
Check out Helder's page and drop him an email.
Helder is a friend from Portugal who restores and uses tractors, transporters, etc.
Another beautiful build by Helder for a Pasquali. This is one robust mower, designed and built by Helder Tavares.