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I've been thinking and researching this one for a while now. So many ideas to choose from. I've decided a rear scoop is best, but not without its drawbacks. Best to have the added weight on the rear wheels as opposed to the front. This for steering and spindle considerations. It also should be easier to operate the dump mechanism if it's closer to the seat.....maybe a simple lever handle or (in the thinking stages) a way to make the hydraulics do the dumping as well as the lifting.

I really like the dozer blade conversions found in various threads in these forums. It seems a natural for my little tractor and my purposes (and I already have the blade). I haven't found a thread for this conversion on the rear end, however. One such thread: http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=60214

I'm thinking it should be as close to the rear of the tractor as possible. The photo shows how close that will be in relation to the tractor and hitch. My biggest worry is that the hydraulics won't be able to handle much of a load.

Suggestions are more than welcome.
 

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I would ad some kind of trip mechanism for the blade for when you hit something with it.
 

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I like your paint scheme. slkpk
 

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Most snow plow blades mounted on the front of a truck have a pivot and springs so they tilt forward if the lower edge of the blade hits something like a raised manhole cover. There are other truck blades that just the lower 4 or 5 inches of the blade tilts under if it hits a manhole cover or other object.
 

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I think the photo of the blade sitting behind the tractor is for discriptive purposes - he's not planning on plowing with it - he's planning on boxing in the blade and making a bucket out of it. Many have done the same thing, but mounted it on the front.

Like your idea! I'm going to be making something very similar in the spring for my 990. Keep us posted on the build.

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The distance from the rear tires would depend on how high you want it to lift. The further away - the higher it goes. But, the further away - the more weight that is needed on the front. I like mine on the front as it is easier to see what you are doing and I naturally have 200 lbs on the rear seat. Go to www.loaders.com and look at Westendorf's "auto-dumps". Similiar to what you are thinking.
 

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It came to me today, as I was looking things over and planning this scoop, since I'm not going to modify the mount on the blade, I believe this scoop, when finished will operate on either end......back or front. I'll keep that in mind as I build this thing. A front bucket would be great for lighter materials and rear bucket for heavier loads like gravel.
 

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That is the original thread that gave me the idea. Thanks for finding it. A few have built that scoop bucket and at least one says a latch is not necessary. Adding a latch would certainly make it more complicated. I think I'll try it without first. A latch, if needed, can always be added. I like simple.
 

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what kind of tractor is that, in the black and yellow there?
 

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Jack..Nice work...When I made a rear blade to fit behind my old Murray..It was too heavy to lift manual by the sleeve hitch..Then it hit me,,one day I saw an electric wheelchair in the trash..I saved the motors n chair lift,,they sat for months..So I checked that the motors n lift will work strong on 12v even that the motors are stamped 24v..
I used the linear actuator from the chair lift on the sleeve hitch..I also added a second sleeve hitch that floats on top the lower sleeve hitch for floating..The blade is about 250lbs...Never had no problem and I moved more than 100 yards of dirt so far..

I been looking for a new tractor for a while so now I have a new toy...I needed a bucket big time..I don't need to load dirt but move it..I found the Johnny Bucket on line n it looks nice..So I bought it..I like it so far on the GT6000..The bucket can be used front or rear...
The only thing bad about the Murray was speed and electric use...she's a mule though..

 

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i like it, i looked through those pics and i think that its awesome!
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Jack..Nice work...When I made a rear blade to fit behind my old Murray..It was too heavy to lift manual by the sleeve hitch..Then it hit me,,one day I saw an electric wheelchair in the trash..I saved the motors n chair lift,,they sat for months..So I checked that the motors n lift will work strong on 12v even that the motors are stamped 24v..
I used the linear actuator from the chair lift on the sleeve hitch..I also added a second sleeve hitch that floats on top the lower sleeve hitch for floating..The blade is about 250lbs...Never had no problem and I moved more than 100 yards of dirt so far..

I been looking for a new tractor for a while so now I have a new toy...I needed a bucket big time..I don't need to load dirt but move it..I found the Johnny Bucket on line n it looks nice..So I bought it..I like it so far on the GT6000..The bucket can be used front or rear...
The only thing bad about the Murray was speed and electric use...she's a mule though..
:thanku: Using wheel chair components is clever. I've been wondering about a power steering pump (running from my PTO belt drive) and cylinder from an automobile. I like your rear blade. I don't use a mower deck deck so I'm thinking about a grader blade in the belly of the beast.
 

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Had a slow start, but did get started on the pivot portion of the scoop. A 1"x3/16" wall tube across the top of the blade. It pivots on three "U" shaped pivots. The two outer pivots are drilled for clevis pins to keep it from bouncing out on rough ground.
 

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