It’s easy for us to purchase attachments for our tractors – and we’ll purchase quite a few of them over the course of our tractor ownership. These are tools that make life easier, and turn or tractors into truly multi-purpose machines. Some of our users here at TractorByNet have decided that some of the attachments on the market don’t quite meet their needs, or their budgets, and have demonstrated their innovation through designing and building attachments on their own.
Nice boom pole home built by 45V in this thread.
A great use of two old propane tanks by member Cordak. More info here.
Member ssrider needed some pallet forks so he decided to build his own!
Front Loader Snow Plow
Ever wanted a plow for your front loader but didn’t have the budget? Check out what dstig1 did!
Firewood Transport System
This one has useful written all over it. Member DaveK OR built this handy firewood transport system for his front-end loader.
Great for grading projects, this pull-behind grader by kdlamoreaux is used for shaping his driveway.
A power rake is a specialized attachment that can make quick work of a job, but comes with a high price tag due to its complexity. That makes this power rake build by Zick quite impressive!
Hydraulic Post Pounder
Wait, what’s a hydraulic post pounder? We’ll let member Spike-MI explain his masterpiece in this thread. Wow!
Gopher Mound Remover
Gophers can do some serious damage to a lawn and garden. You can tell you’re dealing with a gopher infestation by the presence of their mounds. These unseemly sights are not only ugly, but can be dangerous to pets, livestock, and workers. Tripping over a mound or stepping into a hole can tweak a knee turn an ankle, or even cause a fracture. TractorByNet user seqouyah01 built this gopher mound remover on his own, of his own design, to level off and removed mounds. He used a combination of tubing, steel plate, and channel steel.
Road Grader Blade
Quite often, we use the same paths over and over again, and we have a tendency to drive them the same way. Over time, this can wear ruts into the road, making it difficult to drive on, particularly for vehicles with a low ground clearance. Wore, these uneven paths can be dangerous to people and livestock. Rustyiron fabricated this road grader to be pushed in front of his skid steer. Its heft comes from a combination of angle iron, steel plate, and channel steel.
Loader buckets can be an essential tool for a tractor owner, unfortunately, not all tractors have loaders available from the factory. For fabricating aces like BFreaky, that’s not a problem – he built this bucket himself, from scratch. That includes a quick-coupling set-up to reduce the time it takes to attach or remove the bucket, cutting it down to only a minute.
Light-Duty Landscape Rake
Landscape rakes are used to remove debris from your lawn – it sure beats raking it by hand. A basic, light-duty landscape rake from a manufacturers can run a few hundred dollars and may require a three-point hitch for operation. Using replacement hay rake teeth, a piece of angle iron, some pipe and a number of bolts and screws, Daver1963 built this rake to take care of pine needles and leaves. It is simple, and not able to be lifted or lowered, but for less than 50 bucks, it is certainly worthwhile.
Heavy-Duty Landscape Rake
While the previous rake can’t handle heavier, tougher debris, you just might need your rake for dethatching or raking up rocks and stones. For those purposes, something with more tines and more heft is needed. Wyobuckaroo assembled this thatch rake, capable of dethatching a lawn without the need to worry about the rake teeth or being bent from heavy objects. The wheels are helpful for transporting the rake, and flip up out of the way when it is in use in the field.
Sometimes even the smallest stump can be difficult to get out of the ground. Maybe your loader bucket can’t grab hold, and keeps slipping off. Maybe the roots run so deep that they need to be ripped out to make things easier. User downsizingnow48 repurposed a box blade shank, fastened in place between steel plates with hardened bolts, to dig into the ground and flip the trunks out. He reports that it works like a dream on smaller stumps, only taking a few seconds to rip out the stump and roots.
Backhoe buckets are extremely useful, for gathering, digging, and much more. However, many backhoes do not have buckets that are less than 18 inches in width available, which means aftermarket buckets or fabricated buckets are necessary. Charlz went the latter route with his 12-inch backhoe bucket, building it from scratch to fit his Kubota. At under $100 worth of material invested, along with a few hours of time, it sure beats the $800-$1,000 that some fabricators charge for ready-made buckets.