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post #1 of 26 Old 06-17-2019, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Little Buck loader, any updates?

Iím thinking about getting a bucket for my 445, I know the JD 40 loader is the best of the best but they are getting hard to find & the prices are through the roof. Iíve been thinking about the Little Buck, I know thereís been a few threads on weld quality but Iím wondering if anyone has purchased one recently? Youíd think(hope) that the welds have improved since the last thread in 2018?

The Little Buck is a little less than $2,000 delivered while the 40ís are $2500 & up. The LBL would do everything I need so it might be worth it for my needs. So, anyone recently buy or see one? Howís the construction?

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Don't forget Bufford Bucket which is a better design and larger bucket.


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Don't forget Bufford Bucket which is a better design and larger bucket.
I donít know how available the Buford is. Iíve read that Hoosier Pete was supposed to retire but havenít seen any mention of it, if heís making them regularly Iíd certainly be interested.

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I donít know how available the Buford is. Iíve read that Hoosier Pete was supposed to retire but havenít seen any mention of it, if heís making them regularly Iíd certainly be interested.
Pete was supposed to Retire from his day Job. Not the bucket building.

But the two Little bucks I have seen in person are welded right My friend and his neighbors both have little bucks and they work pretty good for there intended use

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I was just with down at petes last month hes doing fine and still building good quality buckets with great customer service. Love mine and the ability to add all the attachments. Shoot Pete an email is prolly the easiest way to get a hold of him. PM me if you have more questions or need his contact.
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I had a Buford Bucket on my X485 and was very happy with it. As others have said, very well built and you couldnít find a better guy to do business with.

Sold the BB when I bought my Kubota. The new owner sent me a pic of it on his 455.
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A question, do you need to dump in a pickup truck bed?
I donít, my neighbor has a tractor with a bucket & a back hoe for any heavy work. If I have anything like that he doesnít mind helping, I just hate asking so I want a bucket of some sort to do some light digging & grading. I have some drainage projects around the house, I need a bucket to cut a swale around my driveway & then spread/grade some loam.

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Those Little Bucks look like they are fairly well made...but the single cylinder on the bucket is a draw back...and I think that they are mounted so far forward that it seems like you would need a lot of ballast at the back end....just my observation...not actual experience
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From what I have heard and seen from folks is the quality has improved a good bit since the start. Most folks seem to like them.

In my opinion they are still dangerous and hard on machines. Some of the pictures that have been posted on Facebook are just shocking. Suprised someone hasn't rolled a machine and hurt themselves or damaged a machine.

The true test of skill is when you can put something back together and it works... not the dusty half disassembled pile of junk in the corner....

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I donít, my neighbor has a tractor with a bucket & a back hoe for any heavy work. If I have anything like that he doesnít mind helping, I just hate asking so I want a bucket of some sort to do some light digging & grading. I have some drainage projects around the house, I need a bucket to cut a swale around my driveway & then spread/grade some loam.
It actually sounds Like You need a Johnny Bucket Sr for Your Intended Projects then either the Little Buck or the Buford Bucket The Sr pictured is from MTF Member slkpk his review Can be Found On the Johnny Bucket web site Johnny Bucket Testimonials Johnny Bucket Sr. John Deere 300-400 series
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It actually sounds Like You need a Johnny Bucket Sr for Your Intended Projects then either the Little Buck or the Buford Bucket The Sr pictured is from MTF Member slkpk his review Can be Found On the Johnny Bucket web site Johnny Bucket Testimonials Johnny Bucket Sr. John Deere 300-400 series
I had a Johnny Bucket Jr on my 335, it was a great little bucket but I'm looking for a little more capability this time. I bought the 445 to get a little more capability than the 335 so figure that I might as well get a little more out of the bucket

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I donít, my neighbor has a tractor with a bucket & a back hoe for any heavy work. If I have anything like that he doesnít mind helping, I just hate asking so I want a bucket of some sort to do some light digging & grading. I have some drainage projects around the house, I need a bucket to cut a swale around my driveway & then spread/grade some loam.
I know the feeling. Neighbors on either side of me have both a backhoe and an excavator and are happy to lend me a hand. But I didnít like asking them for favors every time I needed a bit of groundwork done. The Buford bucket filled the need very nicely.
Hereís a couple of pics of it in action-
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I had a Johnny Bucket Jr on my 335, it was a great little bucket but I'm looking for a little more capability this time. I bought the 445 to get a little more capability than the 335 so figure that I might as well get a little more out of the bucket
Yeah But the Sr is Hydraulic Not electric actuators Like the Jr. So it will Perform digging and excavating Operations Better Than any Jr could

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I donít, my neighbor has a tractor with a bucket & a back hoe for any heavy work. If I have anything like that he doesnít mind helping, I just hate asking so I want a bucket of some sort to do some light digging & grading. I have some drainage projects around the house, I need a bucket to cut a swale around my driveway & then spread/grade some loam.
Then you should be good with any of the loaders/buckets that don't lift that high. It is the one reason that I would choose an LBL over buford or Johnny Sr./Jr.

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