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    Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Thought I'd share some photos of my bucket build:
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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Quality work, how's the traction with the bucket raised?
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    That's awesome


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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Very nice

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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Skool View Post
    Quality work, how's the traction with the bucket raised?
    Not that great. So I balanced it out with a box blade for the back!Name:  Welding Projects 009.jpg
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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Looks really slick . You may have to be conscious of what you put in it . The front tires and axle could be a issue .

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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Nice.
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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Very nice. I want to build one for my JD 235GT but it doesn't have hydraulics. Is the lift cylinder Electric or Hydraulic ? Does yours have power steering ? Sometimes the weight can make the steering difficult.
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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    I can tell you've got some time into that! Nice work.

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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Nice build, but as said above, the wheel bearings and chassis and drive train were never designed for that amount of weight , but it looks dam cool...

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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Now you need some ag tires for it!


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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Very nice...
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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    It uses a 12V linear actuator to lift the bucket. The X324 has 4 wheel steering which works well.

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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    How much weight will it pick up ? How well does charge in battery hold up when using a lot?

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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Jess View Post
    Now you need some ag tires for it!


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    I made some "old time" iron lugged wheels for it. Name:  Iron Cleated Wheels.jpg
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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Bls repair View Post
    How much weight will it pick up ? How well does charge in battery hold up when using a lot?
    It will pick up a full bucket load of dirt but I noticed the linear actuator has a hard time holding it at a constant setting. I purchased it at Northern Tool and am not happy with its performance. It is weak and very slow and yes, will drain the battery if used for extended periods.

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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by albrightree View Post
    Very nice. I want to build one for my JD 235GT but it doesn't have hydraulics. Is the lift cylinder Electric or Hydraulic ? Does yours have power steering ? Sometimes the weight can make the steering difficult.
    Sorry, I answered your question above but forgot to reply with quote....mine has "all wheel steering" which makes it nice. I think it might be hard to steer with conventional steering. I don't know if John Deere puts cast iron front axles in all of there machines, but for this application it probably would be an issue if you don't have one.
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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbytime View Post
    Nice build, but as said above, the wheel bearings and chassis and drive train were never designed for that amount of weight , but it looks dam cool...
    You are correct H/T. The hydrostatic transaxle starts to make a whining noise after prolonged use (over an hour of constant excavating with both bucket and box blade). I assume it is overheating. I now use it for medium duty tasks only.

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    Re: Front bucket for my JD X324 Lawn Tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by RAWINOK2 View Post
    I made some "old time" iron lugged wheels for it. Name:  Iron Cleated Wheels.jpg
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    Wow.. Now that's one serious lawnmower!!!


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