The Most Useful Tractor Add-Ons
Most compact tractor owners customize their machine in one way or another. Whether it’s a full home-built accessory or simply bolting on something to help save time, there are many ways a tractor can be improved with add-ons. In this article we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the most useful tractor add-ons, according to TractorByNet member opinions:
Gotta have this one. A place to put some tools, gloves, etc.
Cost: Anywhere from $15 for an ammo can, up to $150 for a big beefy tool box. Plus mounting brackets.
Where to buy: Surplus Center, eBay, Amazon, Harbor Freight Tools, Northern Tool, Tractor Supply, Rural King, etc.
We need a good way to quickly hold the top link when changing implements.
I have one of these; unbelievably useful
4N1 bucket is not on the list ? ? ?
This doubles the usefulness of any tractor !
I would like to add a hydraulic top link to my old ford tractor. 1966 ford 5000. I have to add hydraullics to it first, or at the same time. But something after market, since the tractor is so old, parts are unlikely available to add hydraulics and the top link.
Any suggestions on how to start this build?
Manufacturers and price
Great article but I wish you had provided links on where to get these add ons.
I have a lot of the add on’s plus a home made sun shade for here in New Mexico. I just added a tool box.
Does anyone make forklift times to fit on a Kubota bucket? I have an04 Kubota L3130 with split bucket and have a need for forklift blades 4tth time now, and the only Company that I see that makes what I need is Titan.
They make an adaptable forklift blade that has wrap around chains and T handle tightening clamps that will convert your bucket to a forklift
Is there any sickelbar or sidecutter for a Kunitz 2320
NO, a 4n1 bucket is NOT on the list!!!
I’ve got most of these. Time savers.
RE: HANG UPPER BAR AT REAR.
TIE LOOPS AT BOTH ENDS OF A (APP) 4′ ROPE, HALF HITCH IT OVER THE LOWER ROPS BAR, PUT THE TWO RODS OF THE UPPER ADJUSTABLE LING INTO THE LOOPS. HAVE USED THIS FOR 8 YRS ON MY KUBOTA LT4330. AND IT DOES NOT RATTLE.
One of the first things I got was a set of bucket forks for my Mahindra Max 25, bent the you know what out of the edge of the bucket just trying to move a stack of pallets. If you get something like this, make sure your bucket is thick enough or use some kind of plate on the inside to hold your bucket’s edge true. We’ve gone to 2 local steel plants (one literally down the road from us)…nothing you can do except buy a new bucket once it’s bent out even a little bit.
I have the bucket forks like the ones pictured and honestly, they are worthless. They don’t clamp down well enough to not move back and forth when picking up all but small loads. I’ve had them to actually fall off while trying to get under a log or pallet. They are more of a headache than anything. Save your money and go with an actual fork attachment. You’ll thank me.
Has anyone tried fitting a Kubota 6A700-51350 step kit to a Kubota B2110 or B2410? This kit is only supposed to fit B2630, B2650, B3030B, B3200, B3300 & B3350. Thanks.
Found good forks at neatfarms.com. Chain and shackle go around bucket to hold them in place. I use them for barrel lift and pallets.
The limb zapper is a good add-on for clearing edge of property, sides of roads, around lakes, hunting lanes, fire lanes, and pretty much any type clearing project. Its quicker and easier than hand tools and safer also… has different means of attaching to your implement. Whether to existing bucket or can be adapted for quick attach plates. Go to YouTube and search limb zapper to see some videos…
I am surprised both front/rear counter balance weights/boxes were not listed, as well as 3PH receiver/tow points.
To support my upper 3 point arm I added 2 eye bolts and use a rubber bungee cord. Works 4 me.
When purchasing bucket forks, be sure and get the ones with a telescopic cross member. It allows you to adjust the width of forks and holds your forks parallel and also causes them to work together rather than independently. An additional plate (even like 4″ X 4″) welded to the bucket to spread the footprint of the screw-downs is very helpful in keeping the forks from bending the bucket bottom. I love mine.
A post hole auger would be really helpful.
Small handsaw to cut up Branches or small logs that block trails
I bought some debris forks for my loader bucket and they are a huge help in moving small logs, limbs, railroad ties, etc. I’d prefer a 4-in-1 bucket but this was more in my budget range: https://www.agrisupply.com/clamp-on-debris-fork-60-in-bucket/p/87637/
I also got clamp on bucket forks recently primarily to move logs. Yes they can get twisted (no cross brace yet) but still easily worth it. Incredibly helpful to move large brush piles or lumber too.
My uncle decided to go into early retirement and purchase a farm this year. For me, he should really look into vehicles like tractors and the accompanying parts he might need. It does make sense to install something like bucket hooks on it since these vehicles are usually used to carry objects and these hooks simply add to the functionality.
If you have a steering wheel spinner installed but you try to drive without it like normal, it will be constantly whacking you in the forearm. My Dad had one on one of his tractors and I hated it. I would take it off and then reinstall it when I was finished.
As far as the drink holder goes get a Bar Buoy can holder. I had one on my BMW motorcycle and no matter how far I leaned into a turn I never spilled A drop!
The original Bar Buoy may no longer be available but Amazon has dozens of knockoffs for cheap. You can try a marine supply store and see if they handle the original Bar Buoy though.
I see a few comments about forks.
I built these a few years ago out of used forklift forks.
Cost was probably around $100 or so.
4 bolts into bottom of bucket, and two in the top of the bucket. I think it is stronger than the typical clamp on forks. I placed mine fairly narrow as I was carrying a small tree, and it would require redrilling to make wider. But, they have been useful for a variety of tasks. I don’t carry a lot of pallets, but have a few times.
Drilling and bolting my bucket didn’t bother me.
I have forks that hang in my bucket with large machine lifting hooks. I forged them to fit around the top of the bucket round part and bolted them each with two 5/8 bolts through them . I leave them loose to be able to slid them to deferent widths and sit flat in the bucket,I have picked up 800 pound logs with them on my L2650gst.I even left them on this winter and still used the bucket to plow snow this winter.Just have to watch out because the forks stick out.
Looking for a way to add some down pressure to my 3-point County Line auger. Hydraulic Top Link is not effective for that purpose. Thinking about safely attaching a cable channel to the undercarriage of my LS4041 to connect the 3-point boom to the front loader. Pulling up on the bucket would add downward pressure to help the auger grab in soil that is not auger-friendly (we have a lot of that on my property in South Texas). Anyone else encounter this problem and worked out a solution?
The .30 cal and .50 cal BMG ammo cans are available at your nearby ARMY recruiter… of course, you have to “attend” an “orientation seminar” in order to get them… ha ha ha. Tom – former USN
Best mirror ever AND best place to put it… from the ROLL BAR. enables you to see the blade, box scraper, bush-hog, or auger without torquing your neck around; just slightly UP… I got one of those w-i-d-e rear-view babies made for cars. Also put a conventional “outside rear view” model up by the blade, as with a clamp-on snowplow blade, you can’t see it’s proximity to the ground.
Yep, my buddy Roger put one on HIS bucket, first thing…handy beyond belief… 10 minutes with the MIG welder and you’re in biz.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER NOTE: Having been in the commercial fire alarm biz for 40 years, I’d advise a 5lb or 10lb ABC extinguisher… the 2.5 lb are “often” TOO SMALL. Check the gauge every year, AND remove them and invert… place the bottle against your ear and listen to make sure the powder falls down with thumps. If you don’t hear the rush of the powder or thumps, take it to a PROFESSIONAL extinguisher business for service…. or get a NEW ONE. (the pounding and vibration on a tractor will compress the agent and tt MAY NOT work when you want it to). ALSO – if you’ve ever used it… even a little bit – TAKE IT IN FOR SERVICE. The powder can get on the “o” ring seals and bleed the gas pressure off… result? NO extinguisher action when NEEDED!
-extinguishers in commercial service MUST get “six year” and “hydro” service every 6 years!!!!