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Finally have most of the material for the next project. I want to thank Brent Baumer and BruceH for all their help in providing me photos and measurements of their Buccateer buckets.

The pivot will use 1-1/4" and 1" Sch 40 pipe with a spacer of 1" DOM and a 3/4-10 x 16" bolt. The bolt will clamp the 1" Sch 40 pipe between the two side plates.

For the bucket pivots I'm going to use 5/8" Cat 0 implement lift pins. Still working out some of the design details. Need to figure out what I'm going to use for the front cutting edge. I found a place on the internet that sells 3/8"x3" beveled cutting edges using SAE1055 steel. I've gotten mixed opinions about being able to MIG weld 1055 to 10 ga. mild steel. I think I'll buy the cutting edge extra long and try a test weld and see if the weld or parent metal will crack. I really need to get busy cutting, drilling, and welding this project together.

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Cool, I would be interested in seeing pictures of the hitch (or whereever it attaches to the tractor). I have an old gravely bucket and would love to get it hooked up to my tractor. JH

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i would probably add a reinforcement strip of steel to the 10ga. and then bolt on the cutting edge..as it tends to wear (not that you will probably wear it out with a light machine!) but the additional benifit would to add a tooth bar cutting edge when needed..this makes digging in piles a lot easier..swap it for the winter when you dont want the teeth. scott

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I installed a JohnnyBucket for a friend on Saturday. He bought it from ebay, but the hitch was configured for a Cub Cadet. I modified the hitch to hook up to his 3410. He said he tried it out yesterday and it did a great job. He said that it actually took a little longer with the tractor and bucket than it did with a shovel and wheelbarrow, but it was a whole lot easier on the operator. He was so sore from digging and wheeling the dirt that he could barely move. He couldn't have even worked on the job without the tractor and bucket. He said he should be able to make up for the speed by being much more steady in the work and less rest breaks with the tractor and bucket. If his reactions are correct, you are going to love that bucket when you get it finished. I tried it out at my house before he took it home. I could make use of one. I, however, really would like to have a front end loader. I want to be able to lift items on and off of pickup trucks, and on and off of porches.

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