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Now that I have had a chance to post a few pictures of my bucket project in the photo album, I figured I'd start a thread regarding DIY bucket loader attachments for lawn tractors.

I didn't really like the looks of the manually operated one from Sears and the Johnny Bucket was a little too expensive for me. So this was my first project using a wire-feed welder and wanted to know what others thought. If you have your own design, I'd like to see how it turned out.
 

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It looks nice, nice job. But is the axle on that tractor going to be able to handle that load?
 

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:ditto:

Hi Mark,

No question about it, your build looks very impressive!

My thoughts mirror "filman" concerning 3/4" spindles...

Shartel
 

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Bucket Loader

I did look into the capacity before I started the project. Craftsman offers a bucket for this tractor and is rated for 200lbs, so I assumed that the front axles should hold that much weight. This bucket will hold 1.5ft3 of material and sand will weigh about 100lbs/ft3. Obviously clippings and bark mulch will weigh less.
 

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Awsome job Mark! I'd like to build a rake of sorts for my JD 316 for moving light brush in the woods in places I can't get to with my larger tractor. Very impressed with what you've done.
 

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Bucket Plans

Well, I started out with a sketch and a basic BOM, but there are no formal plans. If you start a similar project, let me know and I'll try to let you know some of the revisions I'd make base on results so far.

Attached is the sketch and BOM. I purchased the winch from Harbor Freight Tools for $50 and the other supplies from Metal Depot for about $150.
 

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Johnny Bucket

I'm very interested to see how the Johnny Bucket works out! I was a little too cheap to buy one, but was inspired by it. Post some pictures once you have it installed.
 

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That is a great job, the only concern/problem i have seen anyone have is with the frame of the tractor. I have seen a few buckle right around the mid point under the foot rest area, you may want to beef it up somehow.
 

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You built that having never used a welder before? Impressive if so.

Has the Harbor Freight winch held up without issue?
 

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Yeah, the winch has held up quite well, the winch cable has a slight fray starting in one spot that got kinked though. Not bad for $50...
 

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Beats a shovel, and added mileage on the back! How's the yellow paint holding up?
 

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Thanks, I'll keep an eye on the frame. I did build the bucket to only hold about 150lbs and don't push it too hard when using it. I guess if I have trouble I might try welding up a heavier frame and upgrade the tractor.
 

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Thanks, I'll keep an eye on the frame. I did build the bucket to only hold about 150lbs and don't push it too hard when using it. I guess if I have trouble I might try welding up a heavier frame and upgrade the tractor.
I know how that works.:D Keep ramping it up, and lifting heavier things, then ramping it up more. Pretty soon you're using the rider to lift the car up for oil changes!:lmao::lmao:
 

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Looks great. I ordered a Johnny Bucket Jr. Not as handy as u are.
Nice tractorStevenP! But I don't see any grass clippings or juice anywhere on there yet!:lmao: Still under warranty?:D
 

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The paint is a little scuffed on the underside of the bucket and a chip here or there inside, but not too bad though. I started by using a couple of coats Rust-Oleum primer in a spray can. Then used a spray gun to apply the yellow, again Rust-Oleum brand. I thinned it with about 25% acetone before applying it. I think the paint applied with the gun is a little more durable than when applied from a spray can.
 

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your tractor looks good

I like the looks of your bucket loader it must have took a lot of ingenuity to build. Have you attached an actuator for down pressure? so that it would make it easier to dig with.
 
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