Something I forgot to add, I also need to add a small limiting switch to both blade and bucket. I have needed to raise them high in the air, not paying attn I lifted too high and broke the winch cable a few times. Switch would limit my lift and shut off winch, definitely in the works.
Ok on to the bucket. As I said, clamshell was in the design, but a couple of locals build backyard things for sears when they aren't fencing, got a good deal on this even though it's cobbled together. My time building one was worth the money I paid.
I had to do some mods as they built this to fit the Sears axle mounts, I needed to move it out to fit mine. I actually just welded a tab in ther center of their two outer tabs, then ran two longs 5/8" bolts in from the sides. Works pretty well. I also had to cut off the center upright and move it to the middle to do what I wanted. They used a privacy gate latch for the trip using a wire to pull when they lifted it. Once I moved the center upright over I was able to make to a couple plates on the winch upright and bucket so now it's an auto dumping bucket. Works great, once high enough, it trips itself, then I just lower to ground and it will relatch itself. These rednecks actually have a little ingenuity. It does need to be made out of thicker plate though, they can bend under a heavy bucket load. You can see in last pic, I cut off all the un-necessary steel and made it a lot cleaner.
So here are some pics
here the trip arm hit the winch dumping bucket too early
You can see the interference if using their mounts, just moved forward to fit blade mount
First time I used it, cleaning up chipping from stump grinders
I had to move rabbit poop this weekend, tractor makes much less of a mess of the field than truck/trailer so I hauled over the parents to haul back to dump pile. That's about 350-400#'s per drum, wet poop is heavy!!!
Getting ready to dump, you can see I painted the winch mount this fall too.
So, boys and girls that is pretty much the end of the show. I do have some more details pics of the mount/blade build, just ask and I can always snap more pics if needed.
Any questions ask away.
Oh, I am running Deestone 23x10.50 ags, loaded with 6 gals washer fluid, 35# or so wheel weights, and two truck rotors hanging off back. Drum in bucket will still lift wheel if lifted too high.
...and yes I am running a GM alternator too to help keep battery charge for winch. Used it for all day pushing snow few weeks ago, she never ran outta gas battery wise. Good too cause the coil needs the juice to to run.
Edited by TAHOE, January 14, 2013 - 12:58 PM.