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    Front Scoop / Bucket - Not a FEL.

    I don't need a true FEL, but a front mounted scoop/bucket to move dirt and gravel would be very handy. Ideally the mount would allow me to switch to a grapple. My 2018 1025R has the hydraulic controller by the seat so hopefully I could use it.

    I've not found anything so far so any help is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJohn View Post
    I don't need a true FEL, but a front mounted scoop/bucket to move dirt and gravel would be very handy. Ideally the mount would allow me to switch to a grapple. My 2018 1025R has the hydraulic controller by the seat so hopefully I could use it.

    I've not found anything so far so any help is appreciated.
    Actually, by your very description you DO need a FEL. :-) There is nothing else that you can mount to the front of your tractor that will move dirt & gravel and allow the use of a grapple.

    Now, if all you wanted to do was move dirt/gravel you might be able to get away with a rear 3PH scoop (see below).



    But for any grapple functions the FEL is the only answer. Just by the nature of the way the FEL mounts to the tractor it is the only way the tractor can handle that much weight up front.
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    If you have a front Quick Hitch (like for a snowblower or plow) then there are aftermarket scoops and at least one grapple available.
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    John Deere does make a 54" tractor shovel for the X700 models of tractors. I'd imagine you could probably make it work on the 1025R, but if you don't already have the quick hitch, 54" plow and hydraulic angling kit I think you're going to find once all the prices are added up you're not going to be too far off from the price of the FEL and you'll have less than half the usability. Not to mention using a grapple in this setup; I just couldn't see it being anything more than frustrating.

    I had considered buying one for my X730 for a short while, but after using one and being very disappointed (they're quite weak, can't lift very high, and have a really small bucket), then finding out the total cost, it was just one of the many things that lead me to upgrade to a 1025R and do everything all in one go using the 0% financing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Etkini View Post
    John Deere does make a 54" tractor shovel for the X700 models of tractors. I'd imagine you could probably make it work on the 1025R, but if you don't already have the quick hitch, 54" plow and hydraulic angling kit I think you're going to find once all the prices are added up you're not going to be too far off from the price of the FEL and you'll have less than half the usability. Not to mention using a grapple in this setup; I just couldn't see it being anything more than frustrating.

    I had considered buying one for my X730 for a short while, but after using one and being very disappointed (they're quite weak, can't lift very high, and have a really small bucket), then finding out the total cost, it was just one of the many things that lead me to upgrade to a 1025R and do everything all in one go using the 0% financing.
    ^^^^ What he said. The quick hitch mount on these tractors is quite flimsy. I cannot imagine attaching dirt handling attachments to it.

    To the OP... what is your adversity to using the loader frame for your attachments? It is a lot stronger and a LOT easier to swap attachments than anything you'd ever hook to the quick hitch.
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    That's like saying... I don't need a backhoe but something to attach to the rear that can dig a hole,/trench, and pull up stumps would be real nice.

    Kidding around....but in all seriousness, why not just get a FEL? It will make your tractor so much more useful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    That's like saying... I don't need a backhoe but something to attach to the rear that can dig a hole,/trench, and pull up stumps would be real nice.

    Kidding around....but in all seriousness, why not just get a FEL? It will make your tractor so much more useful!
    I guess it does sound funny the way I asked ... my reasons are primarily cost and storage space. As has been pointed out, it might end up at close to the cost of a FEL, which is part of my reason for asking. I don't want a three point scoop as my short term need is to move dirt to some ruts and low spaces and smooth them out with a box blade. Previous to the 1025 I had an X500 and had considered a Johnny Bucket and similar. A post today mentioned the Innovative Tractor Attachments LLC – Bringing great tractor ideas to life! grappel and it seemed like a good solution for my limited needs.

    Thanks to all for your advice and "comments". I will keep reading and learning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJohn View Post
    A post today mentioned the Innovative Tractor Attachments LLC – Bringing great tractor ideas to life! grappel and it seemed like a good solution for my limited needs.

    Thanks to all for your advice and "comments". I will keep reading and learning.
    That's what I was thinking of earlier, but you still need the QH for your tractor. Do you already have that?

    Here is a thread showing the front shovel that goes on the 54 blade:
    JD 54" Tractor Shovel
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    Once you have had a FEL, the uses for a tractor will increase many fold. You mention cost and space limitations, both of which are very real indeed. However, to move dirt, you need some serious hydraulics. What about trading for a 1023E with the D120 FEL?
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    I had the 54" tractor shovel for my X758. I remember reading somewhere (perhaps the owner's manual) that it is not to be used on the 1 series. If I remember correctly, it was because the hydraulics were too powerful and so the shovel would lift more than the quick hitch could support. Or...something to that effect.

    Anyway, the shovel is okay, but nothing compared to a loader. I resurfaced a 1000 foot driveway with it...took days. With loader and box blade on a 1025R it took two hours.
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