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MarcusInMd
WOW! This JBSr is too much fun! We decided it was time to excavate the area where my kids play on the swing set and put down black plastic and play lot mulch so that I dont have to weed whack any longer. I wanted to get a good deal of dirt excavated before we put the mulch down and also put railroad ties or something similar around the parameter. 10:30am - Got the teeth loaded onto the JBSr bucket and headed down to the area to be excavated. We had alot of rain last night and I thought that it might have helped with the teeth in grabbing and digging up the turf - no such luck. The turf was just too tuff for the teeth and bucket - I kept loosing traction on the grass. PLAN B: I broke out the trusty old craftsman tiller and started to bust up the turf before I use the bucket and teeth on it. [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1955.jpg[/img] Once the turf was dug up some I was able to get the teeth into the ground and then use the tractors down pressure to dig in real good and then let the hydraulics pull the sod up and away from the ground. I inched my way forward until the entire area was clear. [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1965.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1958.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1959.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1960.jpg[/img] I stacked the turf dirt onto a pile that I started next to the excavation area. I then started another pile right next to it with the material underneath the turf. [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1961.jpg[/img] Once the turf was all up I worked in cris crossing lines with the teeth. I used all the down pressure of the tractor (in reverse on the tractor) and dragged the teeth across the material. I was able to penatrate at least 2" each pass. I then would go back over it and scoop it up (sorry no pictures of this in action) [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1962.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1963.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1964.jpg[/img] I then took the teeth off the JBSr and dragged it backwards like a dozer blade to smooth out the area and make a nice clean cut around the perimeter. I excavated and moved about 6 to 7 yards of material [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1968.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1969.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.easternuswx.com/jbsr/IMGP1982.jpg[/img] In the middle of all this my lower lift started to act up again. Last winter I installed the snowblower lift arm incorrectly and it bent the lift assembly up. After some repairs and welding it worked well again, but today was too much strain on it so I decided to use the aux. hydraulic #2 for the rest of the bucket lifting. Incidently, this actually gave me even more down pressure and was able to cut in real good in each pass. Finished this up about 7:00pm. I then moved alot of the excavated dirt to in front of my shed where I plan to to some landscaping and make it easier to enter or exit the shed in the winter with the snow blower attached to the tractor. Should have the mulch delivered next weekend if we can finish up the rest of this in the evenings this week. Thanks for listening to my ramblings.
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MarcusInMd
Gee, 42 views and not a single comment. :( This is probably old news for most of you but I am just breaking in these new shoes :D
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jkmustang1
Nice job Maybe the others didn't say anything because they wish like I do. To have one too.
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Nice job, Hydraulics and a bucket are a wonderful combination. I enjoyed viewing the photos. I'm sure you enjoyed doing that job. Obviously the end results are the best part, a safer play area and less weed wacking plus the opportunity to use your equipment. Thanks for the article and photos.
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Goodto see a new tractor doing more then mowing grass. Like the fact the Johnnybucket sr has a hydro contoled bucket. Never realized that before.
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I like your pictures of the Legacy at work. Does the back end get light when the bucket is full? Old sod is tough! More time on the tractor! The wife and I have been doing a lot of landscaping this spring and have been getting our dirt from the pasture out back which is very old sod which you can hardly drive a stake into. We cheated and used the 2 wheel drive farm tractor & 8 yard scraper to haul and loosen up the sod so our XL Legacy 4-wheel drive and loader could work with it. Couldn't even get the bucket of the loader to cut into the sod. A lot of the sod we dumped in a lower area so we wouldn't have to contend with it anymore. Some of the big old sod bound gopher piles even made the farm tractor spin out. We should have used the 9370 4-wheel drive farm tractor on the scraper but being we are working in an old pasture getting the dirt with all kinds of hidden treasures like broken off steel fence posts and old machinery parts buried I was scared of ruining one or more of the very expensive tractor tires. After I peeled the sod off we had nice loose black dirt to work with. I hauled for two days making our driveway mower friendly and filled and leveled a big area that has a lot of rocks and buried junk in it so it was easier to cover it up instead of trying to dig it up and pick the junk up. We use the XL Legacy with the loader & back blade for pushing and leveling where I couldn't get close enough with the big tractor. We have the cultivator and another field drag section hooked behind it up to the 9020 for leveling and packing. Hope to get it seeded soon if it ever warms up and dries out. I'll try to post some pictures.
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MarcusInMd
Sounds excellent Wayne. The tractor did slip some when the bucket was fully loaded but that was ONLY when the tractor was facing down a steeper slop. Today I moved that huge pile of sod/dirt into the garden area I just tilled a few weeks ago and also moved about 10 buckets to my neighbors yard that has some dips in it from settling. Next the railroad ties, plastic and mulch. I gotta get some REAL work done to pay for all this neat tractor stuff first :D
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