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Filling Potholes With The Johnny Bucket Sr. 101

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#1 ggsteve OFFLINE  


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Posted September 22, 2012 - 01:51 PM

This is the first chance I have had to use the Johnny Bucket Sr. on pothole duty. I learned a few things while working with this stuff that I will pass along as I comment.

First, get some stone dust or graded base. I got way more than I need because delivery is free for 10 tons.

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Line up the tractor with the bucket parallel to the ground.

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I found it much better to ease into the pile. Plowing in just made me spin the tires.

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Here's the first trick I learned. As I move slowly into the pile, I palm BOTH hydraulic levers up at the same time. This lifting and scooping seems to load the Johnny Bucket the best.

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Bring your load out to your pothole(s). My driveway is 600', so it's a bit of a trip with the load. Make no mistake, this stuff is heavy! It makes it very hard to turn with my 317's manual steering. Try and plan turns for while you're moving.

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My technique for unloading is to tip the bucket until it just starts to pour, then move backwards slowly while dumping the load.

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To smooth the drive I back blade the load. I found that back blading with the JB Sr. at a right angle to the ground worked nicely but dug a lot of stuff up. I learned later to put maybe a 60* angle on the bucket, throw the raise and lower lever into float, and just back up slowly to get a nice smooth finish.

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The finished product (picture taken from the helm).

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 03:13 PM

Looks like you are figuring out how to use that bucket. Thanks!

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 03:15 PM

That's a nice attachment you have there ! Never saw one in action like you did for us , thanks , Al

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 04:13 PM

Beats a shovel and wheelbarrow any day :thumbs:

P.S. Cover that pile if you don't use it up quickly, rain will pack it pretty easy, and make it a little harder to work it.
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Posted September 22, 2012 - 07:25 PM

As a user of a JB Jr I see you have way more breakout power in the pile. With my Jr. I go in with the raised bucket rolled all the way to "dump", lower it in the pile. Then I back out while lowering the bucket (still rolled) and pull a bunch of material back. Then I go into it and it will load much more material than trying to curl it in the pile. The electric actuator on the lift will clutch out and doesn't allow much lifting force when stuck in heavier material so you have to improvise. JB's the handiest GT attachment I've ever used not counting a snowblower!

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 09:45 PM

Good pictures and explanation of how you worked it. Looks good.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 10:06 PM

Thank you. That was a very nice description of what you were doing and how you did it. It certainly makes the Johnny Bucket look like a good product. I'm glad it is working well for you. Thanks for posting those great photographs.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 10:35 PM

Looks like your doing a great job! Nice description.