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#1 steroblan OFFLINE  

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 10:42 PM

I was looking at a 36" Earthcavator box blade made by Gannon. I think it was made for earlier Sears GT's and is made really stout and unique. It looks like a manual lift unit but could be converted to hyd. It has 4 scarifiers that roll out of the way buy lifting a lever and allowing a lug to engage or pull the lever and reverse direction and the blade rolls over for reverse blading. It is designed very well using 1/4" plate for the box. The seller wants $300 which seems like at least double the value although maybe fairly rare. Should I go back and get it?

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 10:58 PM

I can understand your thinking but the price is good. Just check out the cost of the steel to build one and I think you will change your mind. The earthcavators were American made, built to last and can do some serious work. If I had a need for one I would pay that price in a minute. I didn't so I sold the one I had. If you can get it for less than $250 you did real good.
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Posted August 24, 2012 - 04:59 AM

I agree with Chris, on his opinion of the Earthcavator. Would love to have one and that's a fair price.
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Posted August 24, 2012 - 05:10 AM

That's a very useful and fairly rare implement. There are a bunch of newer designs out there that can do a similar job but the cost for these is much more than 300. It's a classic design that works well and I'm with the others on the price being fair.
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Posted August 24, 2012 - 11:54 PM

Thanks all for your input. You made good sense. The seller still had it so I went back after work and got it today. I'll post pics later and then again when its mounted to the Jake.

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Posted August 25, 2012 - 12:00 AM

I forgot to mention that the seller had a mower deck from a Bolens 1050 sitting there for sale too. It still had the pto shaft on it.

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Posted August 25, 2012 - 11:02 AM

The Gannon is a neat piece I have a NOS one for a Sears would like to find one that is 42" for the Cat 0
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 01:57 PM

Any updates? I'd like to see pic's!!
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 11:25 PM

I am not sure how to upload photos. The help tab has a feature that explains but when I try to download my antivirus alerts to a virus and blocks it.

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 11:40 PM

It's pretty simple, really.
Just next to "Post" in the reply box, is a button that says "More reply options". Click that.

At the bottom of the enlarged reply box, is a "Choose Files" box. This will allow you to navigate your computer and upload from there.

The software will automatically resize if the pic is over sized for the forum.
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Posted August 31, 2012 - 08:19 PM

OK, Thanks MH81,

Here's the unit as purchased. I'm working on getting it to fit my Jacobsen GT16H. I've got to widen the lift arms and move the stabilizing crossmember back some to clear the hitch, then mod the lift link for the hydraulic lift, Then make a new connecting arm for the lift cyl. I hope to have most of it done this long weekend.Earthcavator.jpg

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Posted August 31, 2012 - 08:25 PM

Nice! Wish I could find one in that could condition! Congrats.
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Posted August 31, 2012 - 08:29 PM

I may be wrong but looks alot like a Bolens hook up
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Posted September 01, 2012 - 12:30 AM

Right on Littledeere! Came off a Bolens 1050. The seller still had the mower deck and pull cart. The 1050 was gone though.

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Posted September 01, 2012 - 03:41 AM

Be sure to post pics of the changes. One of the other Ford/Jake owners may need to see what you did.
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