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Name
JD X530 Garden Tractor
Year
2011
Make
John Deere
Model
X530
Color
Green/Yellow
This tractor is used for both summer and winter duty. The Johnny Bucket Jr. is mounted on it in the warm months and the JD 48" blade does the winter plowing. Changing between mounts is a hassle so I decided to modify the 48" blade to use the JBJr mounting scheme. At the same time, I modified the blade to have power lift with downforce and power angle using electric actuators from JBJr.

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PIC 1 of waterproof connector for JBJr and blade
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PIC 2 of 48" blade harness wiring and 2 actuators. Also shows attachment to JBJr mount (LR)
Top actuator is LIFT and bottom actuator is ANGLE.
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PIC 3 shows new mount on JBJr mounting plate to attach blade Lift actuator (tall mount). The lower mount is the original JBJr mount.
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PIC 4 shows the ANGLE actuator and its attachment to the blade.
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PIC 5 I did a "quick and dirty" mount for the joystick using a waterproof box and some scrap stuff and stuck it in the sun shade mounting holes. I have since added a waterproof 7 pin connector to its harness making it easily removable. It operates both units.

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