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P.F. Engineering specializes in DIY (Do It Yourself) plans for backhoes and front-end loaders. Our plans make it possible for you to extend the use of a garden tractor, or a compact tractor.

Loaders and backhoes made from our plans are the perfect tools for landscaping and maintenance done on your property. Light and powerful, they’re great for those hard-to-get-at locations where a larger machine won’t fit. They cause less surface damage and minimum ground compaction while traveling over lawns and other landscaped areas.

Our customers are using their loaders to transfer topsoil, mulch and stone. They’re using them to remove snow and clean out barns, and they’re lifting and loading all sorts of heavy objects onto pickups and trailers.

Likewise, customers who have built versions of our specially-designed backhoe, the Micro Hoe, are using them to do a variety of jobs. For example, they’re using Micro Hoes to dig trenches for water and electrical lines, or for irrigation and drainage systems. They’re also using them to plant bushes and trees, and to dig small ponds and water features.

If you would like to build your own loader or backhoe, you’ve come to the right place. Our plans are professionally drawn, DIY friendly and priced right for your construction budget.

New! P.F. Engineering “Dual-Split” Log Splitter Plans

The P.F. Engineering “Dual-Split” Log Splitter Plans are now available for $40 with Free Shipping WITHIN the U.S. and $45 OUTSIDE the U.S.

Video and Specifications are on our Log Splitter page.

Log Splitter



Head over to our picture gallery where we have 784 images of our customers’ machines on display. Use the search box at the top of that page to locate a particular make or model tractor that you are interested in seeing with a loader or backhoe attachment.


On our videos page, see customers operating their DIY loaders, backhoes and log splitters — all build using our plans.


Go to our orders page and find out how to order one or more of our products, such as plans for a front-end loader or a backhoe. There are ordering links for shipping plans within the U.S. and internationally.


Perhaps you have questions about hydraulics, a particular tractor application, or something else. Ask the original designer and builder about your project before you purchase plans. Feel free to contact Paul by email at , or call the office at 413-256-4960. You can also call Paul’s cell at 413-835-5801.


Learn how to beef up your garden tractor’s front-end spindles to take the weight of a new loader. Read about the parts you’ll need and the steps involved in our recent DIY article: The 1000-pound Front Spindle Upgrade.

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

Coming Soon!

Look for our new light-duty mini payloader attachment that pins on. It will include a self-leveling bucket. This attachment works for John Deere garden tractors and other light-duty lawn tractors.

With recent COVID-19 restrictions in place, many of us are practicing "social distancing" by working on our projects out in the shed. In my case, I've been working to fabricate 2 loaders from a new design I call the "pin-on mini payloader" for a John Deere 317 I purchased in 2018 and re-powered with an 18hp Briggs horizontally opposed twin.
It's pin-on because it's front mounted on the quick attach implement bracket for easy-on easy-off, and uses the 4 hydraulic couplers at the front and the two levers to control the loader.
It's a mini payloader because it has a single boom lift cylinder and single bucket cylinder with high rotation bucket brackets like many payloaders have. The bucket roll back or "curl" at ground level is 45 degrees with the tip of the cutting edge 15 1/2" off the ground with bucket at rest. The dump angle at full lift is 50 degrees. It's lighter duty than my other loader design, weighing only 170 lbs and having an estimated lift capacity of 250 to 300 lbs. My hydraulic fittings and hoses arrived, so I plan to have this moving under it's own power sometime this week (first week of April).

I'll be posting some pics and a video of it moving around, so keep checking this space!

Please be careful out there, stay out of the way of this virus and take care of your families! ~ Paul

QUESTIONS? Contact Paul at or call the office 413-256-4960 or Paul’s cell at 413-835-5801.
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