Home made garden tractor bucket loader

Home made garden tractor bucket loader

Home made garden tractor bucket loader

2011 Craftsman GT6000 Garden Tractor Plowing Snow. Kohler 26hp engine!
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  • Mike Markes 1 week ago

    I been wanting to do similar but only had 2 actuators that 120 volt from a hospital bed I took apart,so I would've needed a power inverter also ,so haven't done the project yet…yours looks good

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  • Carlos Tejera 1 week ago

    Just for the record to all who have asked questions or responded, this is a light duty unit which works well for moving loose material like dirt, rock or mulch. it really wont dig well because there is no locking differential, and the tractor weights just over 400# and this makes it the weak link. The flip side is I built this unit for 300 in total material. To the actuator questions, it's a lawn mower! Hydraulics are not available, nor practical on a mower that cost just 1500 new and even with hydraulics, your mower is to light to get the work done with a differential rear end. Our Lil Green monster has industrial actuators, 1000# on each arm and has been tested to over 400# static holding in the bucket with no driver, no counter weights, no wheel weights. To all who inspire building your unit, remember the machine itself is the weakest link and common sense should be applied along with the engineering and math to calculate loads. Lastly, to all who question "why no hydraulics?" It's because we design loaders for lawn and garden that don't come with the factory hydraulic or PTO options. Good luck to all……….

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  • Clay Hopkins 1 week ago

    Was looking at it…Real nice, would like to have seen the attachment point to the frame. Also was thinking of an electric PTO using maybe a Electric Clutch from an AC compressor…

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  • Chad Gronsten 1 week ago

    Cool up until the electric actuators…the charging system is going to die. Cool design a log splitter open center system would not cost much.

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  • Carlos Tejera 1 week ago

    It would be considered a light-duty unit. 150 to 200 lb maximum. The weakest link are the light duty actuators and that the mower itself only weighs about 450 lb. It has no problem picking up P gravel and sand moving Mulch and things of the sort but it will not do any substantial digging in hard pan or packed ground. The new model that we finished up for a John Deere garden tractor functions like a normal tractor to dig and pick up 4 – 600 lb. I hope this answers your question feel free to reach out if you have some more questions. The cost to build this light-duty unit if you can fabricate and weld is just under $400

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  • Grady Rigby 1 week ago

    Would you just use it for moving material, or digging as well? What was the cost to build the unit?

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  • Carlos Tejera 1 week ago

    The actuators are just light duty 225 lb each Lyft from eBay. The new prototype that we built for a larger garden tractor are 1000 pound each actuators from concentric International. If you're interested and building a stronger unit we are distributor for concentric International.

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  • Trenton Taylor 1 week ago

    Where did you get the actuators?

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  • Carlos Tejera 1 week ago

    8" stroke actuators, all same length, the switches allow for extension and retraction and we can give you the wiring diagram. If you can email [email protected]tampabay.rr.com and send me your phone number, I'll reach out to you and give you the details you need. The stroke, type of actuator, and mounting configuration will change from one mower to the next depending on your needs.

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  • rjmiller62 1 week ago

    Hi, a couple more Q's after another view:
    1) how long are the actuators – all the same length?
    2) what does "mounted fr reverse polarity" mean – wouldn't have a wiring diagram would you?

    Thanx again in advance

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  • Carlos Tejera 1 week ago

    The two actuators on the front bucket are for Extra Strength we broke a single actuator while testing and abusing it. The uprights above the mower deck are welded to the frame. We just finished our first prototype on a larger John Deere garden tractor that is a bolt on assembly but we haven't posted any videos of it yet. If you have anymore questions or would like to build one, I'll be glad to give you a call.

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  • rjmiller62 1 week ago

    I like it. Few Q's:
    1) why 2 actuators on bucket?
    2) how is the cross member going from side to side just above the mower deck connected?
    3) can you take some pics or video of the pin connections on the actuators and buckets?
    4) I gather that the arm are simply bolted to the cross member uprights so that you can remove the bucket assembly easy enough?

    Thanx in advance

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  • off grid and happy 1 week ago

    Awesome job. I love the design

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