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Johnny Box -- Weight Box & Counterweight All-in-1

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The next innovation I suggested was to add a "ripper" or "scarifier" bar to each side of the box, that swivels on a pin so you can drop it down to "rip loose" packed dirt, or pin it up out of the way. It would work much like the rippers on the back of a bulldozer, and use the weight of the box to push them in the ground, and you could control the depth with the lift.... He really liked that idea, since it will make the Johnny Bucket more useful on grading and moving packed soil.... He's working on that innovation now, and we've tossed around a couple of ideas on how to do it simply. We're talking about them penetrating the ground 4" or so.... I've already ordered my "Johnny Box!" BTW, he'll soon start powder coating his Johnny Buckets and the new Johnny Box at the same price he was charging for paint... what a guy! http://www.simpletractors.com/images/johnny_box2.jpg

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John Scheele is working on the prototype of a combined weight box/counterweight for the old Allis/Simplicity tractors to go along with his Johnny Bucket. This combined weight box/counterweight should be great for traction and help you lift a full bucket using the Johnny Bucket -- especially if you're using manual lift. It would also counterweight any other front attachment such as a snowthrower or or HD dozer blade. Here's a couple pictures of the first working prototype.... http://www.simpletractors.com/images/johnny_box.jpg

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