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Front Bucket Attachment Completed

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stevenj
I thought I’d share with you the Buccateer style bucket attachment that I built this past summer and fall. Here it is 95% completed and mounted on the tractor. I’ve since added an additional lift arm on the LH side and completed the latch lever (in order to eliminate the vice grips), and painted the entire unit black. I finished painting it on the last warm day of the year and have not remounted it on the tractor to take the final photos. I’ll have to wait for spring to do that.












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cruzer
very nice. Why did you go with the bucketeer design vs. johnny bucket? Would like to see how you mounted the left hand lift mount to the tractor. Makes a ton of sense to have it lift from both sides instead of just one. Stew

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quote:
Originally posted by cruzer
Why did you go with the bucketeer design vs. johnny bucket?
I don't like the Johnny Bucket design where it attaches the front axle. The JB seems to have the bucket much more forward which places added load on the front tires and makes it harder to steer. Attaching to the frame seems to be stronger in my opinion.
quote:
Originally posted by cruzer
Would like to see how you mounted the left hand lift mount to the tractor. Makes a ton of sense to have it lift from both sides instead of just one.
Me too!!!!! I haven't done it yet. I just planned ahead and added the lift arm to the bucket frame. The trick is getting another lift arm on the left side of the lift shaft on the tractor. On hydro lift tractors it doesn't exist. Electric lift equipped tractors are no problem. However, you can't use a lift shaft from an electric lift or manual lift tractor since the distance between the lift ears is about 3/4" whereas the distance between the lift ears on a hydro lift is 1-1/8" because the hydraulic actuator rod is 1" dia. I don't want to grind a flat on the hydraulic actuator rod as some have previously suggested doing. Instead I need to find someone who can chuck up a lift shaft in a lathe and cut the weld so I can reposition and re-weld. Then simply add another RH lift arm to the LH side and you have capability to lift using both sides. The lower shaft is from a hydro lift and the upper is from a manual lift.


This is what I need to have done.


Anyone local in Michigan with a lathe???

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HubbardRA
I just ground flats on the end of the rod for the hydrolift cylinder. Mine now fits into a manual lift rockershaft. In fact, I just changed the rockershaft in my 716H that has the hydrolift. Removed the single direction rear lift rockershaft and replaced it with a dual direction rear lift rockershaft from a Simp 7116. It bolted right in with the modified shaft on the cylinder. Also, when I reassembled the new rockershaft into the tractor, I installed lever arms on both ends of the shaft, so that lift rods can be attached on either or both sides. A right side lever will go directly on to the left side. I am talking about the lever arms that go onto the shaft and have a hole for the lift rod.

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Chris727
Nice Job!! I like the frame mount, too bad that wouldn't work on a foot dragger. I notice your engine has the oil filter, my 17GTH-L doesn't have that, did you add it?

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