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  1. #1

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    Kubota B7500

    Default Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    I recently purchased a dirt scoop for use with my B7500. I have been very pleased with itís construction and usefulness. Initially I used it with the blade facing rear; so that I could back up into a dirt pile.

    I thought I would try it the other way, so I unhooked it and turned it around. Blade facing forward. After connecting it, I raised the 3 pt. Hitch, put it in gear and took off.

    Immediately an incredible vibration and noise that shook the entire tractor occurred. I donít think I moved 10 feet. I jumped off the tractor fearing the worst. I donít know what I was thinking but I knew it wasnít good.

    Upon inspection I discovered the problem. When I raised the 3 pt. hitch, both sides of the blade of the dirt scoop came in contact with my R-4ís causing the problem. Fortunately I found relatively minor tire damage but it could have been a whole lot worse. That blade is sharp and could have punctured the tires or severely damaged the bars.

    Please learn from my mistake. Donít let this happen to you!

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    None -yet. Until then FunBuggy (EZ-Go) will have to do!

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    Ouch[img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img]! You are fortunate nothing worse happened. Think what it would've been like if you had AG tires [img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img]!! Glad to hear nothing serious happened. But it is a heck of way to clean the mud off of your R4's [img]/w3tcompact/icons/sad.gif[/img].

  3. #3
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    Henrietta, NY, USA
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    790 John Deere, 2000

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    I knew the scoop could be reversed, and I think it might be a lot easier to fill, but I keep wondering how the heck I'd empty it? The trip would be in the back. Half the time I have to lean over and nudge it a little to tilt. I'm hoping I won't need to do that so much now that I put the hyd. top-link on.

  4. #4

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    Kubota B7500

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    Mark,

    I make a habit of lowering the scoop first to take the pressure off the mechanism, pull the rope and lift the 3pt hitch. Dumps every time.

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    790 John Deere, 2000

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    I do it that way also, but it most definately does not dump every time for me. I think the pins are almost dead center, so it just hangs there, balanced perfectly [img]/w3tcompact/icons/hmm.gif[/img].
    By extending the top link I'll either get the stuff to slide enough to make the scoop function, or maybe the dirt'll just go without the "dump" of the scoop [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img].

  6. #6

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    Delaware
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    JD 4110 HST w/410 Loader and 60

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    I was taught to pull a scoop forward for grading, push it in reverse for scooping. The trip latch is an issue for all the models I've used over the years, large and small, especially when in the pull/grading position. I was surprised when I read about the clearance on the 7500. I have a "baby" 5 1/2 bushel scoop that clears the tires on my garden tractor in all positions. You must be dragging a good sized scoop.

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    New Holland TC30 Hydro 4x4, Gravely Zero Turn Mower

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Don?t Do What I Did!

    Mike, I've posted this before but it may be worth repeating. I was using my dirt scoop about three years ago and had an accident. I tied a piece of rope to the trip lever but was too lazy to go get a knife to cut off the excess. I was driving across my lawn and had the loose end of the rope coiled up in my hand. Turns out that a few feet of rope was dangling down as I drove. The rear tire on the left drove over the rope and pulled my hand into the fender eventually breaking the rope. I broke all four fingers in several places and had to have the ring finger reattached at the knuckle just behind the nail. Believe it or not, I still use the dirt scoop. Only now, I use a very short piece of rope and I never hold it while driving.
    Jerry

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    Kubota L3010HST R4's, Scag Wildcat ZTR, 61

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    I've used a rear blade before, and know what a box scraper is; but danged if i know what a "scoop" is. Does anyone have a pic they could post to help learn me what a scoop looks like.
    Thanks,
    Moon

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    Platinum Member PitbullMidwest's Avatar
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    1998 Kubota L2900GST

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    here ya' go
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    Kubota L3010HST R4's, Scag Wildcat ZTR, 61

    Default Re: Dirt Scoop Users - Donít Do What I Did!

    Thanks Pitbullmidwest!!!
    never seen one until now, but at least i now know what the heck it is.
    Thanks,
    Moon

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