What is that vertical 2x2 post that is cut and bent? ..... and what pulls up on that trip lever?
The vertical post held the trip mechanism. They just cut, bent, and then added a strap to the back and welded it all. They originally had a long bar that was connected to a mowing deck lift arm that was bolted to the side of their tractor that raised/lowered and then they had a rope or wire connected to the latch mechanism to trip the dump. I got rid of all that, moved the 2x2 over a bit and now it's a self trip when it get high enough, latch hits my winch arm that sticks out, dumps bucket. Since they do fencing, they uses a privacy fence gate latch. I have to add an extra plate to it as I bent it, but actually a good idea. Works pretty well. I've moved mucho yards of mulch, tons of rock/gravel/dirt, and sometimes actually leave it in dump position, lower bucket on ground and use to grade. After it dumps, I just lower it to ground while reversing and once low enough, the bucket re-latches.
As I said they have some good ideas, just typical redneck execution.
Here it is dumped, maybe you can see how it works, best pic I have
Edited by TAHOE, May 02, 2013 - 08:30 AM.