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    Default Bucket Grapple Project Deere 2320

    I would say the hard part of the fabrication work is over.
    Lots of little details left to do.
    I have the cylinder mounted and the rest of the work is cross supports, gussets, cylinder guard, hydraulic lines and things of that nature.

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    Last edited by BIG DOOLEY; 11-29-2012 at 09:20 PM.
    2012 JD 2320, HOMEMADE CANOPY, 54" FRONT BLADE, 54" MID DECK MOWER, HYDRAULIC ANGLE 60" REAR BLADE, QUICK HITCH, STAINLESS FRONT MOUNT SPRAY TANK W/BOOM, 200CX LOADER W/ 61" BUCKET, HOMEMADE BALLAST BOX,HOMEMADE BUCKET GRAPPLE
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    This would of been a lot easier to follow if you would put all the updates in the same thread instead if starting a new one each day. Just saying.

    With that said it looks really good.

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    Default Re: Bucket Grapple Project Deere 2320

    Quote Originally Posted by DT86 View Post
    This would of been a lot easier to follow if you would put all the updates in the same thread instead if starting a new one each day. Just saying.

    With that said it looks really good.
    Thanks
    I hear ya.
    I'll add to the same string.
    2012 JD 2320, HOMEMADE CANOPY, 54" FRONT BLADE, 54" MID DECK MOWER, HYDRAULIC ANGLE 60" REAR BLADE, QUICK HITCH, STAINLESS FRONT MOUNT SPRAY TANK W/BOOM, 200CX LOADER W/ 61" BUCKET, HOMEMADE BALLAST BOX,HOMEMADE BUCKET GRAPPLE
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    Default Re: Bucket Grapple Project Deere 2320

    I have done a little more work this morning.
    Added a 3rd grapple tine and put in some gussets.
    Now I need to round the front off a little and run one more pipe support across to tie in some upper gussets.

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    2012 JD 2320, HOMEMADE CANOPY, 54" FRONT BLADE, 54" MID DECK MOWER, HYDRAULIC ANGLE 60" REAR BLADE, QUICK HITCH, STAINLESS FRONT MOUNT SPRAY TANK W/BOOM, 200CX LOADER W/ 61" BUCKET, HOMEMADE BALLAST BOX,HOMEMADE BUCKET GRAPPLE
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    It is looking good. Are you going to reinforce then bucket any where it bolts on?

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    Default Re: Bucket Grapple Project Deere 2320

    Thanks
    Yes I have been thinking so.
    The metal is thin enough that the holes would easily get distorted if the bolts loosened up due to flexing in the metal.
    Eliminate the flex before any damage gets done.
    I can weld some sheet steel patches inside the bucket.
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    I think I will try and drill the pins in the center and tap threads to mount the zerks at one end of the pins.
    I will just have to cross drill some holes for the grease to escape.
    2012 JD 2320, HOMEMADE CANOPY, 54" FRONT BLADE, 54" MID DECK MOWER, HYDRAULIC ANGLE 60" REAR BLADE, QUICK HITCH, STAINLESS FRONT MOUNT SPRAY TANK W/BOOM, 200CX LOADER W/ 61" BUCKET, HOMEMADE BALLAST BOX,HOMEMADE BUCKET GRAPPLE
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    Default Re: Bucket Grapple Project Deere 2320

    Quote Originally Posted by BIG DOOLEY View Post
    Thanks
    Yes I have been thinking so.
    The metal is thin enough that the holes would easily get distorted if the bolts loosened up due to flexing in the metal.
    Eliminate the flex before any damage gets done.
    I can weld some sheet steel patches inside the bucket.
    also
    That is what I was thinking.

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    Default Re: Bucket Grapple Project Deere 2320

    Any more weight and I might need to shop for a turbo charger.
    This might have to do.
    I need a nap

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    Default Re: Bucket Grapple Project Deere 2320

    Looks good BD.

    Has that bucket ever been used ?, looks brand new, still with sticker intact.
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    Default Re: Bucket Grapple Project Deere 2320

    Thanks.
    Mostly hauling firewood up to the house the last month.
    It's full of redwood siding in the garage right now. I just lit a fire in the wood stove.
    I did some back blading for about an hour for my 2 neighbors and one small snowfall to clear.
    so not really.
    I thinking of calling it the Minnie Pearl bucket
    I think they used super glue to put it on.
    I know i'll have to warm the bottom of the bucket with the propane torch or get the milwaukee heat gun out to remove it.

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    1998 "BIG DOOLEY" Chevy K3500 Crew Cab (36.000 miles & counting)

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