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Finally got this running in a limited capacity. Still need to configure the 2.5" bore, 6" stroke curl cylinder I bought but I needed to grade the driveway so I'm using it with the pull-cord dump feature right now.

Running w/o the seat and fender loose to check for leaks after it got hot. Everything's dry so far. Also will add the Swisher bracketry to connect the bucket to the frame and rear diff at the bottom pivot shaft.

It is beastly. It will probably lift more than it ever needs to with the 2.5" bore cylinder. It doesn't even flinch when lifting the front off the ground. Knocked the edge off a dirt pile like it was nothing and crushed my brushpile down as I piled it up. So far so good. Hydraulics are fun lol.
 

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Looks like it should work ok, but if it was mine i'd add a piece of metal angled to the rear from the round uprights on each side. Just to keep it up right where it's made to be.
 

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Looks like it should work ok, but if it was mine i'd add a piece of metal angled to the rear from the round uprights on each side. Just to keep it up right where it's made to be.
It will get tied in when I add the bottom framework. This was a proof of concept test run. I really need the curl cylinder online. Pull dump is tiresome.
 

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That's a really slick setup.<img src="http://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/thThumbsUp.gif" border="0" alt="" title="ThThumbsUp" class="inlineimg" />
Thank you sir. Did a little grading and gravel hauling, back dragging with the bucket after I removed the toothbar. This thing works great. Cylinder pushes down so hard you can't even tell when you have the front tires off the ground until you cant steer lol.

There are NO modifications to, or new holes in the tractor. I patterned the front hitch mount after the factory hitch and it bolts in the factory holes.

It'll get purty after I install the curl cylinder. I plan on painting everything CC yellow except for the cylinders and bucket wear areas which will remain black.
 

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That must not be a Swisher ATV bucket as I was not aware they made a bucket that would take much abuse.
It is the ATV bucket. It's fairly well constructed of 1/8" steel and reinforced with 1/4" cradles at the pivot points. I welded a 1/4x2" angle all the way across the bar where my cylinder attaches.

If I built my own bucket it would probably be just like this one. Heavy enough to get things done but not so heavy that your tractor is gonna break trying to lift it. I think it weighs ~80lbs in stock form.

The only place I'm taking a "wait and see" approach is the lift arms. They are 1/8" x 2x1.5" tubing. If they bend or break I'll just rebuild them stronger. No worries on the bucket itself. It's plenty strong for GT use.
 

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I will have to take a look at the bucket again at the local farm store. The first of them I looked at were but light weight sheet metal.
 

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At first I thought it was some sort of hoist to get the bucket up higher till I saw the ram.
I went thru a lot of head scratching before I settled on this design. Mounted below took too much cylinder and would have been wasteful of power. To the side would be 2 cylinders. I wanted to be able to raise my hood was a big part of this design. I discussed cylinder size, angles, and mounting with Tudor here--> https://www.mytractorforum.com/296-hydraulics/1330839-how-big-cylinder-do-i-need-swisher-bucket-cub-3000-a.html
 

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Well, the question is....does it do what you want? Then it's perfect!
So far it's performing beyond what I expected. I feel like it would lift waaaay more than is safe for the tractor size. I can't wait to get my curl cylinder mounted.

It will be a challenge to get mounted in a way to get the most curl for the stroke length so I feel it will end up being a compromise due to the dump design by Swisher. We will see on that.
 

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Couple days of using the trip dump got me motivated. Set up a metal strip and a magnet to let me find the sweet spot for the maximum bucket curl and dump using my cylinder retracted and extended lengths and measured/cut all my steel to mount it.

Ran out of daylight and steam so unmounted the bucket and put the tractor in my wellhouse. Bucket is in the garage and I can set up all the brackets with it off the tractor.

The awesome thing is that I found a way to get more curl and dump out of it than the trip dump allowed. I had to move my axis points around dozens of times while manually curling and dumping while measuring to find the best mounting.

It's tricky on this bucket b/c the hinge point of the dump is near the middle of the bucket. Very happy finding the best way to mount the curl cylinder. I was stuck for awhile on it.
 
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Good job. That thing is better than the Johnny bucket. Looks like it raises a good foot or two off the ground. I bet its cheaper than the Johnny bucket too. What he charges you can buy a new tractor. You should look into patenting your idea.
 

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Good job. That thing is better than the Johnny bucket. Looks like it raises a good foot or two off the ground. I bet its cheaper than the Johnny bucket too. What he charges you can buy a new tractor. You should look into patenting your idea.
Thank you sir. I was on the verge of buying the JB senior but couldn't stomach the thought of spending $1800 and still having to expand my hydraulics. Plus it only lifts a tiny amount. My bucket will raise 24" to the bottom of the bucket although needs this height to be able to dump fully due to the high pivoting bucket design. The JB dump pivot point is superior to this design as it doesn't need as much lift height to fully dump.

Where did you find the tooth bar for it?
I bought mine barely used off FB Marketplace and it came with it. Swisher sells one separately for this bucket. https://www.amazon.com/Swisher-16195-Scarifier-Bucket-Tooth/dp/B00221Q310/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=swisher+tooth+bar&qid=1573476324&sr=8-1

I found a guy with one on his Husqvarna. Maybe I'll put one on my tractor too.
The winch mount and trip dump is an easy way to start using a front bucket on a GT. Just have to sort out the mounting although it is pretty straightforward. Just need a place to punch 2 holes for the 3/4" mounting shaft.
Also would be really easy to fab a sleeve hitch mounting for it on the rear of a GT. I almost threw one together awhile back just to get started using it.

Here's one with a bottom mounted electric actuator although it doesn't have much ground clearance. That bottom mount takes a ton of force away from the cylinder/actuator due to poor angle mechanics. That's why mine is a top mount.

https://www.tractorforum.com/threads/my-swisher-bucket.26386/
 

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Got the curl cylinder mounted this past weekend and everything working as it should. Just need to gusset a few things, mount the undercarriage, and paint it. It works great. Let's see if the video works.

 
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