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Well, I am finally coming down to making the decision to get my GT5000 just deciding on the transmission. I will have a little bit of money left to buy only one of these attachments. The 16inch plow found here (http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07124414000P?mv=rr) or the craftsman front tractor scoop found here (http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07124847000P?keyword=24847 ). I know I will need chains and wheel weights from the start. I plow with my 8E Custom. My thought process is that if I can only get one that the scoop should be able to move snow also but I can do a bit more with the scoop if I had to. I currently do not have any jobs with it at the moment but you never know what the future may hold. So, I am thinking about what ever comes up. The scoop really looks cheaply made but from all the reviews from the Sears website it looks like it is very useful. I am making the old Sears only for a backup in case the 38 year old ever decides to die (hopefully not). I would love to mount that plow onto the new GT but it is totally different.
 

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If you look at the Johnny Bucket Jr. you won't look at the Sears bucket again! :) Just saying, I thought the Sears bucket was a contraption, the JBJr looks better engineered, heavier duty, more options etc etc etc.
 

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Ok, looks like you're looking for two bit opinions (no actual experience with either of these) so here's mine. First off, I would wait and search Craigs List for a blade. Pretty safe to buy used, and you can find them cheap if you're patient (like under $100). I believe the scoop owners here will be by to say it's not worth the money, but I could be wrong about that. Better to save lots of pennies and buy the JB Jr. that people rave about.

Not sure exactly what you're trying to do beyond plowing snow. Do you have a stone driveway? A sleeve hitch and box blade might be a better investment.

Oh, and don't trust the Sears reviews. They screen them and weed out many negative reviews, including one I wrote which was generally positive on my Craftsman Pro, but lambasting Sears service.

Oh yes, hydro, hydro, HYDRO, you will never look back.
 

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I wouldn't buy either implement you are looking at unless you want an expensive snow plow.

The Craftsman scoop is a light duty implement. It's strictly for moving loose materials, and it doesn't even fully dump it's load. The standard Johnny Bucket costs twice as much, but it's twice the machine. You can upgrade the Johnny Bucket later when money comes available.

The dozer blade is pretty stout, but I don't believe it's as usuful as it looks. I had one on an older Bolens garden tractor. I used it to grade a 4 ton load of dirt I had dumped at my house. It really wasn't the best tool for the job. I did half of the work with shovel. I currently have grader blade on the back of my tractor that works much better than the dozer blade at grading and leveling.

If you only have the $500 to spend and you want to do some grading, I'd recommend a sleave hitch and a box scraper. I haven't used a box scraper, but since it's a grader blade with removeable side plates and a scarifier bar I'm guessing it would be even more useful. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07124241000P?vName=Lawn+&+Garden&cName=Tractor+Attachments&sName=Rollers,+Rakes+&+Levelers

If all you really want it a snow plow for your new tractor, just buy plain old snow plow. New they cost about $150 less than a grader blade. I'm sure you can pick up a used one for much less.
 

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Oh yeah, put down one more vote for the hydrostat. I've had both, and I wouldn't ever imagine going back to a gear drive tractor.
 

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Another hydrostatic vote.

Johnny bucket if at all possible. You can add the JohnnyBlade later is cash is tight. I've physically seen both the Johnybucket ahd the Sears scoop and they are night and day.
 

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I haven't seen the JBJr in person, but I did play with the Craftsman scoop on a GT5K at Sears. I can just tell from the photos, the JBJr is a better made product, better engineered I don't have to even use it, to see that.
 

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Not sure how much snow you get but IMO but neither the Sears Scoop nor the greatly superior JBJR is ideal for snow removal. I cannot imagine cleaning up my driveway storm after storm with a scoop. No angling means many more passes! If you are just looking to transport some snow would be fine but you will not be able to make a decent snowbank.

Like others said save for the JBJR over the Sears. Its worth the wait and extra money.
 

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Thanks for everyone's imut! I think it well be worth it in the long run for the JB!
 

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If you only have the $500 to spend and you want to do some grading, I'd recommend a sleave hitch and a box scraper. I haven't used a box scraper, but since it's a grader blade with removeable side plates and a scarifier bar I'm guessing it would be even more useful. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07124241000P?vName=Lawn+&+Garden&cName=Tractor+Attachments&sName=Rollers,+Rakes+&+Levelers
I have the Sears/Agrifab box blade. It is great as a counterweight for the JBJr and does fine moving fresh,loose material. It is even fine for an occasional, reverse snowblade. But when you get into any established ground, it quickly becomes useless.
A number of users have said that the Brinley box blade (available to order from Home Depot and others) is better built and designed, and based on my agrifab experience, I'd believe it.
 

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I have the Sears/Agrifab box blade. It is great as a counterweight for the JBJr and does fine moving fresh,loose material. It is even fine for an occasional, reverse snowblade. But when you get into any established ground, it quickly becomes useless.
A number of users have said that the Brinley box blade (available to order from Home Depot and others) is better built and designed, and based on my agrifab experience, I'd believe it.
I agree with NoTime - I own the Brinley and have seen the Agrifab - Brinley is better built for sure IMO.
 
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