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Looking for some short and long term experiences with the Little Buck loaders? I am looking at one for my x495. Ive seen the videos and they look pretty cool. Concerns would be the weight directly on the front end w/o a 4x4 axle and ease on and off. Those who own one, is it worth the price for the extra versatility? Has anyone busted one yet?!?

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If your patient and check CL and dealers you'll find a 45 loader.The CTC is nice too.I use mine all the time and their very easy to take on and off.Roy does a good job showing this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVLZ-3mUdtM
The 2 and 4wd were designed to have the loader.You'll need ballast and a Traction Relief Valve (TRV)
It was a great addition to my X595 and find many uses for it.
 

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Looks like I can get a Little Buck for $1800 shipped. It may be all I need for around the house chores and whatnot. Just curious who has them and if they are happy. From the videos online, looks like it can get a decent amount of work done .
 

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This unit looks like it sits directly between a 45/CTC and a Johnny Bucket.

The bucket sticks out the front a little too much for my liking. Said the guy still using a shovel. lol

Also looks very easy to dump material back onto you and the tractor. I finally see the reason JD put them goalposts on the 45 loader. They could stop a log from rolling down the loader arms onto your lap. The top of the post looks like an excellent place to mount some work lights.
 

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I purchased one for my x738 a couple of months ago. I think it is well built and very handy to have. And especially for the price compared to the CTC or others out there. It arrived quickly, and is ready to go from the start. It is easy to mount and dismount all by yourself. Just make sure you add some extra hydraulic oil to your machine after you hook it up and run it through the motions. The only other thing I did was flip flop the lines from what they had marked. They seemed to be marked backwards for moving it up and down and tilting the bucket. I just ordered a bucket teeth bar from palletforks.com. I am having to grind just a little off each side of the bar to make it fit, but once I get it mounted, it should really help with digging. Although the bar is heavy, I think it will be a great addition. I have already used it to move some dirt around the yard, and looking forward to moving rock this spring for my landscaping. And it also has easily moved some burn barrels, and picked up a deer I recently shot to load into the truck. You will come up with all kinds of different uses! I think it is a great addition to my x738.
 

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I purchased one for my x738 a couple of months ago. I think it is well built and very handy to have. And especially for the price compared to the CTC or others out there. It arrived quickly, and is ready to go from the start. It is easy to mount and dismount all by yourself. Just make sure you add some extra hydraulic oil to your machine after you hook it up and run it through the motions. The only other thing I did was flip flop the lines from what they had marked. They seemed to be marked backwards for moving it up and down and tilting the bucket. I just ordered a bucket teeth bar from palletforks.com. I am having to grind just a little off each side of the bar to make it fit, but once I get it mounted, it should really help with digging. Although the bar is heavy, I think it will be a great addition. I have already used it to move some dirt around the yard, and looking forward to moving rock this spring for my landscaping. And it also has easily moved some burn barrels, and picked up a deer I recently shot to load into the truck. You will come up with all kinds of different uses! I think it is a great addition to my x738.
thanks for the review. Did you have to put some type of valve block to avoid a delay in movement? do you lock the mid arms for the deck in the up position when you are operating the loader?

Having the load so far out in front, do you think it is putting too much stress on the front end?

Just out of curiosity, how do you think its built? How are the welds and paint finish?

Thanks again.
 

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I have not put the lockout valve on, yet. Up and down is fine, but tipping the bucket and returning it, there is a delay. Not awful, but it is there. As far as the deck arms, I just put the height position selector in the highest setting, and they do not move. So simple resolution there.

As far as the weight of the load, there is obviously stress there, but I am not making a prolonged trip with it, and it is limited to the weight you can pick up, so not to big of a concern for me at least. And it really doesn't stick out that far, its is quite a compact unit, and size wise, fits the tractor great. But by no means is it a big heavy duty loader, it is limited, but very useful and strong for its size. I did have turn full burn barrels in it the other day. It did fine picking up the weight, but was a little squirrelly on the back end. I have 4 suitcase weights, and I'm not a big guy. Going to get the other two to fill the bracket.

I think it is built well. Its around 200 lbs, welds and smooth and good. Paint matches pretty good and no runs or anything.

Like anything else, if you take care of it, it will last. Don't expect to pick up a 1000 lbs with it, but I am looking forward to next spring and really put it to work. I have had limited hours with it so far, but so far I am very happy with it.

Can't figure out how to get the picture in here the right way, sorry.

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I have not put the lockout valve on, yet. Up and down is fine, but tipping the bucket and returning it, there is a delay. Not awful, but it is there. As far as the deck arms, I just put the height position selector in the highest setting, and they do not move. So simple resolution there.

As far as the weight of the load, there is obviously stress there, but I am not making a prolonged trip with it, and it is limited to the weight you can pick up, so not to big of a concern for me at least. And it really doesn't stick out that far, its is quite a compact unit, and size wise, fits the tractor great. But by no means is it a big heavy duty loader, it is limited, but very useful and strong for its size. I did have turn full burn barrels in it the other day. It did fine picking up the weight, but was a little squirrelly on the back end. I have 4 suitcase weights, and I'm not a big guy. Going to get the other two to fill the bracket.

I think it is built well. Its around 200 lbs, welds and smooth and good. Paint matches pretty good and no runs or anything.

Like anything else, if you take care of it, it will last. Don't expect to pick up a 1000 lbs with it, but I am looking forward to next spring and really put it to work. I have had limited hours with it so far, but so far I am very happy with it.

Can't figure out how to get the picture in here the right way, sorry.

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Great stuff. Thanks for all of the info. CAn the lockout vavle be purchased right through JD or is there an aftermarket available?
 

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IMHO, I would get the loader made specific for your tractor from JD. What is the price of the used one that is a 9 hour drive? Yes, it's a drive, but the quality (from what I can tell) is night and day between the JD and the aftermarket ones.

Personally, I don't care for the Little Buck. Entirely too much weight on your front axle. The front of your tractor is carrying everything with that one. The CTC looks to be a better choice if you're going aftermarket.
 

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CTC does look nice, also twice the price. As it is not something I use all day every day, works great for me. And don't think JD makes one specifically for the Signature Series. Unless it is the 45, which seems to fit several models. I could be wrong, this is my first John Deere I have owned, so new to the Greeen ball game.

I found this lockout valve, also for half the price of the same JD one.
Heavy Duty Lockout Valve Loader Lift Applications X465 - X749
 

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CTC does look nice, also twice the price. As it is not something I use all day every day, works great for me. And don't think JD makes one specifically for the Signature Series. Unless it is the 45, which seems to fit several models. I could be wrong, this is my first John Deere I have owned, so new to the Greeen ball game.

I found this lockout valve, also for half the price of the same JD one.
Heavy Duty Lockout Valve Loader Lift Applications X465 - X749
JD stopped making a loader for the garden tractor in like 2012 or 2013. The 45 was it and that's why its so tough to find.
 

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Really like my Little Buck

I bought a Little Buck for my x738 about a year and a half ago and have used it more than I thought I would. Digging out (by hand) but lifting/moving shrubs, hauling firewood and loading various things into and out of the back of my pickup truck (rolls of chain link fence). I like the height capability on the loader. I bought a Hyd42 tiller (300lbs) for my x738 and was able to unload it from my truck by myself with the help of the Little Buck. I was concerned about all the weight on the front of the tractor, but a year and a half later I have had no problems. I'm careful not to get carried away with it and lift things that I shouldn't. I think the weight capacity was 400lbs, I try to keep it under 300lbs. The price was right and the build is solid.

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I read earlier in this thread about adding a toothbar to the bucket. Does anyone have some experience they can share?? Im thinking of getting a piranha bar or something else to help when Im clearing brush/undergrowth. Thanks!

Ryan
 
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