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It's been a busy day for me.

Took the bucket down to the welder to get Ken's hooks welded on. Yes, I bought the bolt in ones and then changed my mind. I'm terrible at making decisions.

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As soon as I dropped the bucket off I got a text that my rock bucket grapple came in! So I had to go get that while the bucket was getting welded together.

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So it's been a busy Friday for my front end loader!

It's going to rain for the next week so I won't be able to use anything much. We need rain, but why now??!?!
 

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Nice grapple. Can't wait to see some action shots of it.
 

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That鈥檚 bitchin! You have my attention.
 

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That looks like it will be great on rocks.
I wish we were getting the rain. I have brush pile to burn.
 

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Okay rain never came. Some biscuit... I run off rainwater, really would have liked to get a few thousand gallons.

Swapped out the hydraulic fittings and connected it all up now, that's a heavy son of a gun! Picked my first rock out, front tires look flat because of the weight. You let that drop a little bit and stop it the rear wheels get real light. And they're full! I didn't think I was going to need ballast back there but, as usual, I was wrong.

You can see my land, this guy's going to get a lot of good use.

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I do not have a grapple for my 5055E yet, but an adapter for my skidsteer grapples is in my future. Found a cat 2 ballast box for $100, filled it with cast iron, railroad track, and portland. Came to 2,580 lbs including box weight. Deere says significantly more with no cab and no rear wheel weights. I scooped some sand with my 5055e with the box on and it makes a very big difference, both in dig power(traction) and weight(balance) when front bucket is loaded.
 
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