I wonder how much of a simple bucket design can actually be patented. I would think certain features maybe if no one had ever used them before or little design features possibly, but the overall concept of a bucket should be pretty much public domain.
The difference between this bucket and the JBSr. that I just got is this one requires the JD hydraulic hitch while the JBSr. has dual hydraulics for both dumping and raising/lowering the bucket. I guess this would keep them clean on the patent infringement arena but I am not a lawyer. That hitch is about $500 from JD so the bucket would have to be priced at less than $750 to be competitive with the JBSr. if someone did not already have the front hitch like I do. I didn't see any pricing on the website like John Scheele has on the JB site. Still the disadvantage of this bucket design versus the JBSr. is it requires removal of the mowing deck to use it. Also, I am not sure the JD hitch would raise the bucket quite as high as the JBSr. based upon my experience with raising and lowering my snowthrower and blade with it. However, based upon the specs, this bucket has less volumetric capacity 2.5 cu ft versus 3.5 cu ft, but more weight capacity 500 lbs versus 300 lbs for the JBSr.
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