It's hard to figure the time as I worked on and off on it for well over a month. At one point I figured about 80 hours, but in retrospect it's probably more in line with 100-120. As it happened I was able to take/make time to work on it as we were in a bad drought here this fall and mowing was pretty much at a standstill. The only way I can justify dong stuff like this myself is that (A) you can have just what you want and (B) it's better built than anything off a factory floor.
It's much like my equipment trailers, which are also homebuilts. I have nearly as much $$ in material as I could buy a complete trailer for. But mine don't flex when you load them off center and they tow straight as a string.
And there is a certain level of ego involved that can say "I built that and it's better than anything you could buy!"
Like Alan said it's built they way he needs it and it's beefed up more than a stock item.I like the way it came out very nice unit Alan,my brother-in law is from Vermont up in Enosberg falls.He's a pretty good welder too Will have to get himm to make something as good as that but mayby on a 1 ton chassis.