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The Johnny Bucket gave me the idea, but that bucket is just that! A bucket and only a bucket. I think it would sell more if it was based on a plow and would have the versatility of both, a plow and a bucket. Not to mention that it's expensive and more $$ than I want to spend.

And I'm beginning to think that I have more of a need for a bucket than a front mounted plow, tho, the plow does come in handy at times. So far, it could almost pass for a box blade. I should be able to get some of it welded up tomorrow and see how I want to mount it. I know that .625" DOM with .125" wall will have something to do with it. Hmmmmm......









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It'll tilt back further when I raise it, tho, I could reposition everything so that I could tilt it back without raising it, but, I would loose some on the "dump" side. As for all of those edges, the sides still need to be cut diagonally. I only cut the basic curve to fit them to the plow. Tomorrow is another day.


How will the dirt dump out?
If you notice in the pics, there is an actuator attached to the plow. I've been playing with it for the last week or so, stacking dirt piles and dumping everything at the top and all I can say.......N-I-C-E!

Now, if I can just get the power windows and A/C to work...

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Oh, now I see what you are attempting to do......earlier in the other thread you mentioned clam shell, which is why I thought it was going to be a clam shell. But the actuator will make a nice dump/curl for it and the cable will for sure lift the stuff up. I saw the angle of the picture with the log, and that should do a fair amount of lift, IMHO.
When I mentioned clamshell? Ya mean when YOU mentioned clamshell. :sidelaugh

Just on suggestion......maybe you could figure a way to make the "bucket" become removable so when snow arrives you could do the plow blade thing and then when its dirt or gravel you are playing in, you could remount the bucket sides. Just a thought. I guess in MI, you would have a use for the bucket for snow removal as much as just the blade.
As of now, it will be removable, but, that could change. I don't know yet. I really don't want to lose the versatility of the plow unless the bucket can make up for it.

Yea, winters here can get pretty nasty, with snowfalls rivaling that of Buffalo. :ROF I'm guessing that you have me mixed up with someone else.

As for mounting it, there was another guy who made his own bucket and used steel tubing as hinges, but, his was a clamshell. I'll still use the steel tubing and steel pins, but only to secure it to the plow.

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That was from a different thread, Hank and just running ideas up the flagpole.

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Now, off to the welder.



 

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I have to add that with the hood not in place....
That's because it's being painted Candy Lime Green. The rest of the tractor should be painted this week.

The bucket is big, 42" wide, 19" tall. I have no idea how much it holds, but, it's a lot!


After using it yesterday afternoon and moving some dirt, I just might keep it this way and make it permanent. Back dragging smooths everything out nicely. Tipping the bucket and back blading works real nice! And because I repositioned the weights on the rear grader, that cuts even better than it did by a mile, (the weights were mounted, nearly even with the cutting edge, digging down with the grader was nearly impossible). So, what do I need with the front plow? Snow? In Texas? I realize that Texas does get "some" snow, just not enough to warrant a plow. lol
 

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I'm actually jealous......that is a huge amount of dirt in that bucket. I bet a Johnny Bucket don't lift that high up! That is high enough to load a trailer. Well, the lime green turns me off, but it is a good build on the blade to bucket. Congrats on the conversion.
sweet ! job well done.
not knocking it or anything like that but where did the lime green come from ?
Nice looking bucket build.
And the lime green just makes it a tiny Steiger lol
Thanks guys.

Nah....I'm not painting it Lime Green. Tho, it should be painted this week, along with new exhaust. After removing the stock box muffler, I had to use something until I can make something permanent.

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killer ideal like it that it raises high enough to dump in a small trailer. I need to build one like that my self, any modifications to the hood
Thanks. Only one mod to the hood, actually, the grill area. In the vertical center bar on the grill, a rectangular hole had to be made to allow the cable to come thru. Other than that, there are no other mods to the hood.



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will it tilt back farther ? that is the only glitch that i see is that if it doesnt, it wont hold much material.
nice lookin build. if it were me id round those top edges. looks like that would hurt on the shin and maybe lay a guy wide open.
You're right, but with only 6" of actuator travel, I thought something had to be sacrificed in way of "curl".

WRONG! :sidelaugh

After thinking a little, (my head hurts now), if I extend the bucket, at the mount hinge, out further forward by 2.250" and reposition the actuator, I could not only have a full dump and a good amount of "curl". I spent the afternoon thinking about this before I did any cutting/drilling/welding.

After I did the cutting.drilling/welding, I tested it and rolled up on a pile of topsoil in 3rd gear; dropped the bucket and curled and raised it as I went along........ what a difference!! Each time the bucket was nearly full. I'm gonna say 300lb or more per bucket. Kinda makes that $1000+ Johnny bucket look like a booga. :sidelaugh

killer ideal like it that it raises high enough to dump in a small trailer. I need to build one like that my self, any modifications to the hood
Almost! I thought the same thing, so, I backed up my 4x8 utility trl to the bucket; still a little too high. Now if there was a ramp of sorts, that would be great. The only other way is to make a FEL for this GT.

I have a marketing name for your build, the Plucket.

Can I get royalties on the ones you sell? :)
The Plucket. I like that. From the way this bucket works and the versatility of it, I think I'm gonna make it permanent. I'd still be able to plow, I'd just fill the bucket doing it. I can live with that.


Builds looking great Sleazy. That's gonna be one killer Murray.
Thanks BBY. Since I've made and installed the bucket, I even started a project. A loading dock for my utility trailer. I had a huge pile of topsoil over "here" and had to move it over "there", 300ft away to where I want the dock. It didn't take long. Just too bad I didn't have a dump trailer that's low enough so I could fill it and make it easier. Tho, I still need some railroad ties.

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Bob, that's a nice looking bucket. I probably missed it but what did you use for the metal you added to the plow, it looks like about 10ga. (1/8 inch). I've been thinking about building one but I was leaning to 3/16th. thick. No use adding more weight than necessary. How far out does the bottom come from the plow?
You called it right, Tinner, it is 10ga. I was gonna go with 3/16" but I thought that would be too heavy and overkill. Tho, the top of the bucket is 1/4" to add some rigidity. Going with 10ga, I knew that I would probably need a center brace of sorts. I might cut some of the bracing out and maybe leave a "ribbon" brace.

The bottom is 42"X12". I was gonna go with 18". I'm glad I didn't. It would have been waaay too much.

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You seem to do a lot of forgetting, there Sleazy, like the clam shell not clam shell reference.............
Yea, I know Hank, just playin'. My GT is already painted, but, I had to scrap the bucket lift boom. Seems the winch bent it back when I lifted the bucket too high! And that was 1/4" steel! After I redesign and install it, I'll post more pics. But, until then.......



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would it be possible to install a stop on the your winch cable ?
No, it's not that a stop couldn't help, it would, but the stop wouldn't be the problem. It would be just another variable in the formula. When the "cable stop" came into contact with the pulley, it still wouldn't stop the winch, as the winch would continue to pull, which is why the plow/bucket mount is bent now. I would need to install a type of stop that would be something on the order of a micro-switch/relay. When the micro-switch is tripped, the winch would cut off. But, this can and would get involved. I'll just have to use caution after I get a new mount fabricated.

Well, go to 1/2" then. That was an impressive lift for that bucket. I'd do anything it took to make it work with the hood on it. Go get'em!
Actually, the 1/4" stuff is fine and strong enough. I just have to release the button when the bucket is lifted to a max height and not try to go higher. The issue was with me and not with the materials.

If you noticed, the winch here is mounted between the boom and the plow. My winch is mounted where the muffler would go for a more cleaner look and at 2000lbs of pull, even 1/4" steel will bend. In the pic, this can't happen. So it's a trade-off. Looks and functionality or just functionality?

:ditto::ditto:
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When I get the mount done, I'll post pics.

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