Understanding Tractor Quick Attach Systems for Attaching Front Loader Implements Fast
We want to help you understand quick attach systems and how you use them to attach implements to your tractor’s loader.
And as a quick aside --- we are here to help you purchase a new tractor, parts and implements when the time is right.
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Expanded Uses for Loaders
Most tractors in North America are equipped with front end loaders.
Many loaders are already installed at the factory.
When you look closely at how tractor owners are putting front end loaders to work --- you will see that manufacturers are taking many steps to make the front loader more versatile and easier to use.
Scooping stuff with the loader bucket is not enough anymore. Tractor owners want pallet forks, bale spears, grapples, and a host of other loader attachments.
Quick Attach Systems
To create the ease of use and versatility --- manufacturers have been building loaders with quick attach systems that make changing loader attachments fast and easy.
Quick attach systems are standard on all Yanmar loaders. For the subcompact SA Series tractors --- it is a Yanmar quick attach sized to the capabilities of the subcompact tractors. On the loaders for the larger YT2 and YT3 Series tractors --- the loaders have an industry-standard, skid-steer style loader quick attach as standard equipment. That opens the universe of loader attachments for skid-steers and tractors that all use the skid-steer style quick attachment.
Some tractor brands use a proprietary quick attach design that does not allow “open sourcing” for your loader attachments.
Versatility and Power
Let’s look closer at what is being done to make front end loaders more versatile and powerful tools.
Loaders have been about hydraulics to lift the loader and dump and return the bucket or other attachment. But when you move into the wider world of loader attachments --- you will find implements like the increasingly popular grapples that need a 3rd function hydraulic circuit to operate the opening and closing of the grapple.