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    Picked up a skid steer landplane today

    I was browsing craigslist and came across a Bobcat 72" land plane attachment for a good price. I gave it some thought for about a day and called on it yesterday. This morning I made an hour drive to go check it out and it ended up in the back of the truck. The story behind it was this farmer bought it new about 5-6 years ago and used it to level out the ground between tree rows in his orchard to prep for planting grass. After finishing the project the landscape rake was parked and left unused for several years. The craigslist ad had very little info on it but by looking at pictures online I discovered it was a 72" unit which is perfect for my skid steer. After getting it home I immediately hooked it up and tried it out and am thoroughly impressed with how well it works. Whether it be smoothing out dirt or a gravel driveway it performs far better than the bucket. Looking forward to putting some more hours on it, but for now I am just thrilled to have another attachment.
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    Wow very nice... Great find!
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    Nice find! It looks to be in great shape and it did a fantastic job there along the woods line, its all but ready for seed!

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    Figured I'd add my newest find to this thread. As per usual I was browsing craigslist yesterday and came across a 60" 4 in 1 bucket. The posting was very vague in description but I knew I could get it to work. So I made an hour drive south and picked it up. I found that the previous owner had used the bucket on a smaller skid steer, likely like an 463, MT52 or MT55 bobcat. To keep the bucket tight on the machine he had added a small piece of angle iron on one side as well as shims on the outer sides. For some reason one of the holes that the attaching pin locks through had been cut out as well. First thing on the list was to remove the extra modifications done so it would once again fit a skid steer. We also added a chunk of metal to the attachment pin hole so the bucket could fully lock to the skid steer plate again. After looking at it I figured this would be a good bucket to put my Deere tooth bar on since I don't need 2 smooth edge buckets. I ended up having to shave the deere tooth bar down 1" to make it fit but overall it was a good use of a free tooth bar. This is definitely a rough looking bucket but as long as it works it will hold me over until I can justify a 72" bucket if I ever get one. Next up is determining better hose routing, I'm leaning towards putting a 90* elbow right after the quick couplers and routing the hoses through the grab handle. Yes it will raise fluid temp during operation but I cant see myself constantly opening and closing the bucket. More to come later.
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    2004 Bobcat 430
    4 buckets, brush rake, ripper, concrete breaker

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    Made some progress yesterday on the 4 in 1 bucket. I was not a big fan of how the hoses were routed up to the machine so I picked up a couple of 24" long hoses and relocated the ends to the outside edge of the QA plate. Now I no longer have hoses halfway in the cab plus the hoses created a hazard since they would bind on the center cylinder of my grandpa's Bobcat. No more clearance issues! Next I removed the center hook and added a step to reduce the slip hazard getting in and out of the cab. The step was inspired by the factory step on my Deere bucket. I also had some pieces cut out that will replace the lower holes that the QA pins go through to lock the bucket to the machine. The bent plates will be attached from the bottom side of the bucket and braced with another piece that lays on top of it. That not only will clean up the look of the hacked QA plate but it will tighten it up too, the right side I managed to have come off while I was testing it out on my skid steer. More updates to come!
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    2004 John Deere 317
    66" bucket, forks, imatch adapter plate, Bobcat 72" Landplane, 60" 4 in 1 tooth bucket
    2005 John Deere L118
    42" deck, bagger
    2004 Bobcat 430
    4 buckets, brush rake, ripper, concrete breaker

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    Well I finished up the 4 in 1 bucket a couple days ago. I cut off the old plates that the locking pin goes through and replaced with new ones. I tied the new ones in on the underside of the bucket and braced them with an additional plate which ties into part of the old plate. Time will tell how it holds up but since I'm not rough on my equipment I feel that it won't give me any troubles. I of course ended up painting it as well. I can't say it is the most cosmetically appealing bucket but the paint was mainly to reduce future rusting when in storage. Once I got it home and back on the skid steer I adjusted the hoses from the machine to the bucket and I think I have them where I want them, just have to run it a bit and see how it goes. Next step is getting it out in the dirt and seeing how it does.
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    2004 John Deere 317
    66" bucket, forks, imatch adapter plate, Bobcat 72" Landplane, 60" 4 in 1 tooth bucket
    2005 John Deere L118
    42" deck, bagger
    2004 Bobcat 430
    4 buckets, brush rake, ripper, concrete breaker

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    Just a little update. I have put both the Landplane and the 4 in 1 bucket to use recently! The 4 in 1 bucket has been great for land clearing, the tooth bar was a good call as it makes underbrush removal a breeze. The landplane is the best thing i have used for finish grading, it just doesn't compare to a bucket, it just does a much better job!
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    2004 John Deere 317
    66" bucket, forks, imatch adapter plate, Bobcat 72" Landplane, 60" 4 in 1 tooth bucket
    2005 John Deere L118
    42" deck, bagger
    2004 Bobcat 430
    4 buckets, brush rake, ripper, concrete breaker

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