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"Best Buy" Garden Tractor Loader
Robert Crouthamel, Milford, Penn., recently contacted FARM SHOW to say he's happy with his Johnny Bucket, Sr., a loader for garden tractors and riding mowers (Johnny Products, ph 414 328-1898; www.johnny bucket.com).
  "I bought it last May and mounted it on my Deere 318 garden tractor. It really saves my back," says Crouthamel. "I use it to move rocks and logs and also for grading. It's a pleasure to operate."
  The Johnny Bucket Sr. requires the tractor to have onboard auxiliary hydraulic ports. With the hydraulics it has a lift capacity of up to 500 lbs.
  The Johnny Bucket also comes in a "Junior" version for smaller garden tractors that uses screw-type electric actuators that hook up to the tractor's battery. The actuators are used to do both the lifting and the dumping and have a lift capacity of up to 250 lbs.
  A pair of switches - or a joystick - are used to operate the lift and the power dump simultaneously.
  Both models are designed so the mower deck can remain in place while using the Johnny Bucket.
  A wide variety of accessories are available, including tooth bars for digging; a bolt-on bucket doubler that raises the sides and back of the bucket; a snowshoe to protect the cutting edge when used to move snow; and caddy arms for carrying long boards, logs or for holding brush like a hay fork.
  The Sr. Bucket sells for $1,379.95; the Jr. Bucket with electric lift and dump sells for $1,063.95.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert A. Crouthamel, 100 Crouthamel Road, Milford, Penn. 18337 (ph 570 296 -7366).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6