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Big loader
#1
Hi I've got our old original big loader out of the loft for my grandson but is tyres have perished and it wont work, I bought the ones for the tomy train but they are to small
Does anyone know if these are available anywhere
Thanks Iain
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#2
Hello Iain

Welcome to Blue Plastic Tracks.

I think Sunhuntin might know much about the Big Loader sets as they have quite a few. Lets see if they can help.
https://sunstomyandfriends.weebly.com/bi...-sets.html
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#3
hi iain,

there must have been replacement tyres back in the day [indeed i have a pack, not for sale sorry] but i cant find anything on ebay.

my best suggestion would be to buy another whole chassis and either use that, or swap the wheels over. my website has a picture guide on opening and repairing big loader chassis.

good luck, and i hope you are able to get it going again.
my website address has changed: http://sunstomyandfriends.weebly.com/
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I wonder if you can use the appropriate sized rubber O-Ring from a hardware store would work in lieu of finding replacements?
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#5
it might work, but being smooth it might struggle on the hill. the big loader tyres are the same as those on the trains, just a larger diameter.
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#6
Thanks for the replys I have got some washers coming from Ebay but they are smooth so I think it'll have a problem with the corners and the hill
I'll let you know how I get on when they arrive

I see they are selling the newer big loader with Thomas but my grandson loves diggers do you know if the newer chassis will work on the older big loader
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(01-15-2021, 06:37 PM)Iain Wrote: do you know if the newer chassis will work on the older big loader

That is an excellent question. Looking at some YouTube videos maybe but you could also look for a junker in the newer set as it looks like the wheels are the same so you could steal the rubber. What country are you in Iain in case a member has or knows where to get one?

In this video (starting at the 3:50 minute mark) it looks like the new chassis has a different top so I am not sure if it will work but...maybe.



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I'm near Portsmouth in the uk
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Thanks, Where you are is good to know in case someone can help. Let us know how those 'washers' work when they come in.
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#10
i dont see why the new chassis wouldnt work, but i havent tried it either.

there is also a new version that is john deere based. comes with red "apples" rather than black "rocks" 

https://sunstomyandfriends.weebly.com/jo...oader.html
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#11
That looks like a neat set Sunhuntin!

It looks like the new chassis is almost identical to the previous generation ones except that the side where there is no battery is 'sliced' off. My guess is that the old Big Loader shells will work fine with the new chassis but the new shells may not  work with the old chassis .  The photos on your site don't show the underside of the shells so I can't be sure if the 'sliced' off sides allows the shells to sit better on the new chassis.

-plarnold
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Hi Plarnold....how you been doing?
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#13
good point, plarnold. next time i get them out, i will take photos of the undersides. if memory serves, other than the "slice" they were identical.
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#14
I am anxious to see the results if the new can work with the old as I am sure that others that have a non-working set will be thrilled to know Smile
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I'm trying to source a reasonably priced John deere set so I'll let you know if the new chassis works with the older shells
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