Picked this up today

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ccstrebe, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. ccstrebe

    ccstrebe LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I demoed in San Diego they had this in the immplement section. Someone bought it to try it out but didn't buy it. The dealer has been sitting on it for 1 1/2 years. It hasn't really been used but its a little weathered. The manufacture doesn't even make an 84" anymore so I thought I'd get it since they are no longer available. They knocked a thousand bucks off what they paid for it. I figured I can't go wrong with it.

    Has anyone had any experiance with this bucket?

    http://www.wisconsinmetalfab.com/powerbucket.htm

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  2. CAT powered

    CAT powered LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you've got a use for it go for it. You'll have a big enough machine to pull it around I'm sure.
     
  3. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    They build those in town here. Never got to try one out and haven't seen any on a machine on the job.
     
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like the idea. However, that's a lot of ripper to be trying to drag through the ground. You're much more effective taking more passes with fewer shanks. I dunno, I suppose you could try it out and see what happens. If the going is too tough, remove half the shanks and give it a try from there.
     
  5. ccstrebe

    ccstrebe LawnSite Senior Member
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    That wont be nothing for a big tracked unit, my custom made scarfier has 16 shanks. Of cousre its not going to rip hard pack, that's not what I made it for. But it works great when I need to rip the track before lasering it.
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Neat idea, I still like a separate scarifier like I have, less weight on the bucket.
     
  7. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    looked at the website and the "tip n tote" tree pod thing is stupid, it's called burlap people!
     
  8. ccstrebe

    ccstrebe LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'll be using my seperate scarifier alot more than this one but I thought if I had to go do a small job or something that was mostley bucket work with maybe a little ripping then this would be perfect.

    At first I wasn't going to buy it but it kept calling my name.
     
  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some of us men all have that little tiny womn inside of us begging us to spend money.

    I keep mine quiet with liquor and porn.
     
  10. ccstrebe

    ccstrebe LawnSite Senior Member
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    Finally got to try the bucket out today. The scarifier feature worked great. The bucket worked fine but if you put the arms all the way down against the stops the bucket sits about four inches lower than a normal bucket would, so to keep the bucket flat you have to keep the arms about four inches off the stops.

    It should be a good setup for a quick job like cleaning up a lot with weeds. Till the weeds under and back drag. Job done. It would be a lousy bucket for scoop and dump jobs though because of having to keep it off the stops.

    The reason the bucket sits lower is because if it was to sit flat with the ground when the arms are down against the stops then the scarifier teeth would hardly penetrate the ground in the ripping position.

    I'm not sorry I bought it because I got it for a good price but I am a little disappointed with its limitations. Now that I know its limitations I wouldn't pay full price for one but I would still do the deal that I got.

    Now I know why that San Diego Cat dealer got stuck with it. The person who bought it probably couldn't live with its limitations and gave it back. The dealer was probably glad to get rid of it.
     

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