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    Default Re: big bucket on a compact tractor

    I'm sorry sonny, but I still don't agree with ya. Earth is way heavier than snow. I clear snow in the winters when the mine is shut down. Our snow buckets are about twice the size of our dirt buckets. A cubic yard of road base is about 1400 lbs. I've never weighed one, but I would guess that a cubic yard of snow is probably half that. The thing about farm tractor buckets and loaders is, they really aren't made for digging. They do loose material real well. Cobs, gravel, etc. Even topsoil that has been sitting for a couple weeks may be too hard. As for the OP, I would recommend the 6' bucket, but keep the other for wintertime or, if your handy with a torch and a welder, make it the size you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gengine View Post
    A cubic yard of road base is about 1400 lbs.
    Are you sure

    I am not sure what exactally "road base" is, but dirt/earth weighs closer to 2500lbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbosee View Post
    The tires are loaded and I tried moving some cement road blend with the 7'
    bucket being carefull not to fill the bucket and going real slow and it was
    difficult to keep the rear tires on the ground when I stoped . I have ordered
    a 66"bucket but i am betting it will still have the same problem.Have you ever
    considered rear wheel weights?
    No. I'm used to it now. I pay a lot of attention to it when I've got the bucket filled. I could put some cement blocks on top of the box blade if I wanted to.
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    Default Re: big bucket on a compact tractor

    either way snow ways a heck of alot less than earth, gravel, etc...we use snow buckets here too..heck look at the pushers on front of the tractors that clean the mall parking lots....yes they are not buckets per say but when they are piling it they are still lifting weight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LD1 View Post
    Are you sure

    I am not sure what exactally "road base" is, but dirt/earth weighs closer to 2500lbs
    I call road base the 0 to 3/4 inch crushed limestone. It packs really well.
    That would weight at a mininum 130 lbs per cubic foot to 145 lbs per cubic foot. so 27X 130= 3510 lbs to 3915lbs per cubic yard. depending on the density of the limestone and how well it was packed. Maybe we are not talking about the same thing here.

    Just found some other figures for crushed limestone at 94 lbs per cubic foot. so 27X94=2538.. so it may vary quite a bit by area or how much is limestone and how much is flint rock.. Don"t. know..

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    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    I call road base the 0 to 3/4 inch crushed limestone. It packs really well.
    That would weight at a mininum 130 lbs per cubic foot to 145 lbs per cubic foot. so 27X 130= 3510 lbs to 3915lbs per cubic yard. depending on the density of the limestone and how well it was packed. Maybe we are not talking about the same thing here.

    Just found some other figures for crushed limestone at 94 lbs per cubic foot. so 27X94=2538.. so it may vary quite a bit by area or how much is limestone and how much is flint rock.. Don"t. know..

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    They are probably accounting for air spaces when it is not packed. 100#+ is too easy to pass up for a workable approximation. Thats what Im going to use.
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    Default Re: big bucket on a compact tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    I call road base the 0 to 3/4 inch crushed limestone. It packs really well.
    That would weight at a mininum 130 lbs per cubic foot to 145 lbs per cubic foot. so 27X 130= 3510 lbs to 3915lbs per cubic yard. depending on the density of the limestone and how well it was packed. Maybe we are not talking about the same thing here.

    Just found some other figures for crushed limestone at 94 lbs per cubic foot. so 27X94=2538.. so it may vary quite a bit by area or how much is limestone and how much is flint rock.. Don"t. know..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPYDERLK View Post
    They are probably accounting for air spaces when it is not packed. 100#+ is too easy to pass up for a workable approximation. Thats what Im going to use.
    larry

    Either way, the OP is talking about "road base" weighing 1400lb/yd. which is a bit light for anything I'd call "road Base".
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