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Old 01-27-2011, 09:22 AM
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Good day everyone. I figured it was about time I got back to say hello.

Ive had my Kubota tractor for two seasons now but still only got 138 hours on it. I use my tractor strictly for snow clearing. That being said I've only been out once so far this winter plowing snow and there's no snow on the ground here now at all.

Over the holidays I managed to get some time to myself in the shop so I fabricated a PTO guard for the rear PTO and while I was at that I decided to build a storage box up in the front where the weights would normally hang.

Well as I got going at it I decided to add a few other items to it such as cornering LED quad strobe lights, Stainless steel locking latch, Gas shock for the lid, Machined hinges with grease nipples and It was built out of 3/16th steel. I wanted the latch to the side of the unit for easy access. The bottom is complete as well and could act as a skid pan if need be. I also wanted to fabricate grill guards for the LED lights. It weighs in at almost 60 lbs.
There were a few challenges such as the grill guard and how I was going to integrate the box around that but I did it and I just got it installed so I figured Id show it to you.

I did a YouTube video of the complete build so if interested here it is:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTI-qoXzqok
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:28 AM
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A few more outside shots.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:52 AM
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Very nice. Looks factory.
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Very nice. Looks factory.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:30 AM
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Very nice job.

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Old 01-27-2011, 12:05 PM
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[COLOR="Blue"] That being said I've only been out once so far this winter plowing snow and there's no snow on the ground here now at all.

If'n you've got time to kill, thinking WAY outside the box here,
why not mount that snowblower where the bucket is presently....

Sure would be better than backing up all the time.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:23 PM
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If'n you've got time to kill, thinking WAY outside the box here,
why not mount that snowblower where the bucket is presently....

Sure would be better than backing up all the time.
Putting the blower on the front would be the worst place I could possibly have it.
I do commercial snow clearing and 95% off all my work involves using the blade on the tractor. It's fast and I can drop the blade, pick up the bucket in a minute.
In my situation the blower would have no place to put the snow on the lots. The blower is used for cleaning out a couple of storage compounds. Instead of using the bucket to carry out the snow from the compounds I go in with the snow blower and blow it over the fence. I also have a 7" LCD color monitor with inferred in the cab so I don't need to look back when using the blower. Blowers are OK but man there sure slow.

Thanks for your comments guys. Here's a few photo's of the PTO cover I made.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:24 PM
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Yup, I agree totally, blower is much slower than pushing.

I figured you was like 95% of people with a snow blower,
not using the front bucket at all. The backup camera/monitor
sound's like an excellent idea as well.
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:37 PM
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Yup, I agree totally, blower is much slower than pushing.

I figured you was like 95% of people with a snow blower,
not using the front bucket at all. The backup camera/monitor
sound's like an excellent idea as well.
Thanks. I've seen the type of guys your talking about. Some of them even use blades back there. A real pain in the neck I always say my blower makes a great counter weight

Here's a little vid of how and where I use it. I was just fooling around but you'll get the idea. Thanks for posting.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8IPKcCvCDk
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