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I must admit, I was a little skeptical about how well it would work, I purchased it with plans to really put it to use. I've owned Kubota FEL's before so I knew the capabilities. I also know the cost. I know after i finished my other major project a few years back i sold my FEL because it sat in the garage for a few year minimal use, money just sitting there, so I sold it. Well a few years later, more projects piled up, I know I needed something. Let me tell you, it's awsome! in the past 3 weeks, I've moved and spread a bunch of crushed stone in my driveway, I've spread 25 yards of Top soil, 5 yards of Crushed white stone, at least 10 yards of dirt with stones in it, 4 yards of mulch, moved many piles of brush from my trimmed trees. No it don't dig deep, but thats ok, I only needed it to dig just below the surface anyway. It dosn't make tall piles of dirt, that's ok to, it takes them down just fine. Most all of the top soil could not be delivered where i needed it, so I had it delivered on tarps in my driveway. I had the first 8 yards of top soil delivered in my driveway, 3 hours later I called the company and asked if I could get anther 8 yards, the guy could not believe I was done with the first load already. When he showed up he asked what i use the little bucket on john deere for, I told him thats all I use, his mouth dropped. I moved it rather quickly with my JB. amazing! I was even able to stock pile a few small piles in rear of my lawn, Top soil, Stone, and mulch. As i need them this summer, I'll simply put Ole JB on, get what I need. I comes on and off easy. I did buy another hitch and wire harness my a smaller cub cadet 2165, It works ok, but you really need weight on rear, or it gets quite harry! The heavy JD and especially the power steering you can really move quick. And the best part is, when i'm done i'll disconnect it, and set it in the shed till i need it again, not like a 10k machine sitting around doing nothing! So I will say, i'm very happy I purchased my JB, w/ bucket extender, tooth bar, brush bars, quick dump actuator.
 

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Yup, the JB jr is one of my best purchases also. As a homeowner and a construction guy, I weighed the cost of being able to lift a load vs how much I would need it. Since purchasing the JB jr, I have done many hours, many yards, and many tons of material moving with it. It is outstanding in moving and grading a pile of material, and not once have I needed to lift material higher than what the JB jr. can lift. I just can't see needing a 5 or 6 foot lift height as a homeowner. I am not uilding a new several story building or putting hay in a loft, I am taking care of my property and for that, the Johnny Bucket is absolutely awesome!

Nice review!
 

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Awesome review! Mine was just delivered for my GX355, I cant wait to get it installed and start getting some projects done.
 

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I love my JB Sr. You're right, piles of loam, mulch, or whatever disappear quickly with the JB around.
 

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How is the Johnny bucket different from the front scoop John Deere makes for the X590 ?
Well the Superior Tech Tractor Shovel has One electric actuator & John uses Two On the JBJr.

The STTS uses a clam shell design for Dumping the JBjr dumps in a traditional way Forward and doesn't require a Manual arm to change out Bracket for Dumping Like the STTS.
The STTS also Has a reinforcement Plate In the Middle Of the Bucket That Interferes with Bucket capacity . The JBjr doesn't have a Middle reinforcement Plate.
You Can also Trade out Your JBjr for a Blade That angles the STTS You can lift clam shell to doze straight a head Only.

You have several attachment available for the JBJr as well That increases it usefulness.
Such as the Bucket Doubler which allows to to Take On More Material with the Bucket.

There is a Tooth Bar to assist with excavating.

There is a Lawn Dethacher attachment to have a front Dethacher without removing the Bucket.

There is also Caddy Arms to Transport Longer Loads.

Even a Snow Shoe for the JB jr to allow snow Plowing with the Bucket,.

You Can even get a Faster dump actuator to speed Up dumping .

The STTS is really used for Transport of loose Loads and spread Material In Blade Position and some Light dozing


The JBjr Can Be used for some excavation, Snow, Transporting Bulky Loads.

The JBjr Is basically a Low Loader because so much More Can be done with it compared to the STTS

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Thank You Sergeant for that education on the Johnny Bucket. I probably wouldn't excavate with the Johnny Bucket I would use it to move mulch, topsoil, or plants. But I like that clam shell bucket John Deere has because I was thinking instead of scooping up mulch I could clam shell down on the pile of mulch or topsoil and move it or clam shell down on topsoil or mulch to level it out. It is half the price of the Johnny Bucket.
 

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Thank You Sergeant for that education on the Johnny Bucket. I probably wouldn't excavate with the Johnny Bucket I would use it to move mulch, topsoil, or plants. But I like that clam shell bucket John Deere has because I was thinking instead of scooping up mulch I could clam shell down on the pile of mulch or topsoil and move it or clam shell down on topsoil or mulch to level it out. It is half the price of the Johnny Bucket.
I'll be interested to see comments on this. I didn't think you could scoop as a clam shell, I thought you just dumped that way. Disclaimer - I have never used the Deere bucket so I may be completely wrong.

P.S. That is the best avatar I have ever seen
 
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It opens as a clam shell so can you have it open and go up to a pile of material, go down on the pile of material and close it. Or can you leave it open and be on the ground back dragging material.
 

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It opens as a clam shell so can you have it open and go up to a pile of material, go down on the pile of material and close it. Or can you leave it open and be on the ground back dragging material.
I see. I watched a couple youtube videos.
 

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It opens as a clam shell so can you have it open and go up to a pile of material, go down on the pile of material and close it. Or can you leave it open and be on the ground back dragging material.
Well the Blade Portion of the Clam shell Can But the shovel Portion stays In a elevated Position when Open Here Take a Look at MTF Member stladrill 's video On His former X366SE with shovel and teeth Mods
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Have you watched my JB jr videos? Extremely useful tool that has paid for itself over and over in the short time I have owned it.


If you have not watched these and would like to, you have to click on the "YouTube" word in the bottom right of each window and watch them on the YouTube site. Apparently the links on this post do not allow you to watch directly in this window.



 
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You know I did watch all your videos. How long did it take to place dirt a long the driveway? I noticed you are barefoot too.
Its funny, I always wear these red wing steel toe boots and long pants when I'm operating my tractor. Even when it's 100 degrees out. The other day I cut the grass. Got off the tractor. Came inside to take my boots off and saw old roofing nails stuck in the bottom of my boots. I never felt the nails stuck in the bottom of the boots. Those boots saved my feet from injury. We just had our roof replaced and they ran a magnetic roller in the yard but I guess they missed some.
 

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You know I did watch all your videos. How long did it take to place dirt a long the driveway? I noticed you are barefoot too.
Its funny, I always wear these red wing steel toe boots and long pants when I'm operating my tractor. Even when it's 100 degrees out. The other day I cut the grass. Got off the tractor. Came inside to take my boots off and saw old roofing nails stuck in the bottom of my boots. I never felt the nails stuck in the bottom of the boots. Those boots saved my feet from injury. We just had our roof replaced and they ran a magnetic roller in the yard but I guess they missed some.

What did you end up going with? Considering the johnny bucket jr but curious as looks like here you were considering the JD shovel instead
 
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What did you end up going with? Considering the johnny bucket jr but curious as looks like here you were considering the JD shovel instead
I rented this BX23 for only $200 a day from a rental place in my neighborhood where I live. Even if I rent it 5 times a year for the next 20 years, I think I'm ahead of the ball game because its always a new machine they have for rent, they do the maintenance on it, and they store it so it almost makes a lot of sense to rent and not own.
 

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Hey Ken,

I know this is a super old post but its the only one I can find that actually mentions digging with the JB Jr. I'm looking at buying a New X590 or a used X750. The only video I've seen of a Johnny Bucket digging was a JB Sr on a X700, the digging depth of the video would be plenty for my needs but I'm curious if the JB Jr can handle that as well. I would really rather have the X500 for financial and warranty reasons, but if it won't be able to do the job then theres no point.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCIKp7Hf6eU&t=131s&frags=pl,wn
 

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Hey Ken,

I know this is a super old post but its the only one I can find that actually mentions digging with the JB Jr. I'm looking at buying a New X590 or a used X750. The only video I've seen of a Johnny Bucket digging was a JB Sr on a X700, the digging depth of the video would be plenty for my needs but I'm curious if the JB Jr can handle that as well. I would really rather have the X500 for financial and warranty reasons, but if it won't be able to do the job then theres no point.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCIKp7Hf6eU&t=131s&frags=pl,wn
I had a JBjr on my 335, it was a great little bucket but it won’t dig like the JBsr since it uses electric actuators. It will dig a couple of inches below the surface but you’ll probably run out of traction around the same time. While I loved mine it’s not the right tool for the job if you want to dig a foot below grade, unfortunately you’ll need to do what I did/am doing, I purchased a 445 with the intent of purchasing a FEL or one of the mini buckets available aftermarket, you’ll need the strength of hydraulics to get you where you want to go. Good luck!
 
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