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Compact Loader/not so compact bucket

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by SD-Dave, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. SD-Dave

    SD-Dave Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 237

    Here's some photos of my Deere 244J Loader. Can't tell you how much I love this machine. It is perfect for snow removal other than huge parking lots or runways. I have a Protech quick attach 10' full sized pusher for it...and just added a Craig snow bucket. Let me tell you this increased my snow moving ability by 200% over the GP 1.25 yd bucket that came with the machine.

    The Craig is 3yds but more efficient than a standard bucket for a couple reasons.

    Holes in bucket, I thought were to make it lighter.....which it does....but more importantly it releases air pressure allow the bucket to fill completely and when dumping empty completely. No more carry around half a bucket of snow all the time cutting your actual capacity in half. Also the bucket is built for greater roll back and as such you can heap and carry more snow.

    Check out pictures....In some of them I have almost 5yds of snow in the bucket!! Not bad for a small machine!

    Dave

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  2. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Looks AWESOME! (and fun). :D
     
  3. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    That's great. How much did that set you back (the bucket)?
     
  4. SD-Dave

    SD-Dave Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 237

    about the same amount as I did on the pusher....around $5K Pricey but just like the pusher when you figure efficiency operator time, fuel, machine wear/tear....it pays for itself quickly....plus a pretty low maintenance item :D
     
  5. contractor078

    contractor078 Senior Member
    Messages: 232

    that things is great did you buy the mcahine new or used? what did the machine set you back? do you drive it site to site or trailer it?
     
  6. SD-Dave

    SD-Dave Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 237

    Bought it new.....can't recall exact price because I had a trade involved etc but close to $90K I drive it occasionally....goes about 20mph....also moved it with a deck-over trailer and a F-550....it weights about 12K
     
  7. Jelinek61

    Jelinek61 Senior Member
    Messages: 679

    I've seen those buckets before while surfing the internet but never on a machine. I always thought they would be nice. Thats a nice machine. You need a group shot with your JD 5225
     
  8. SD-Dave

    SD-Dave Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 237

    Thanks.....I will try to get a shot tomorrow as they will be together double teaming my parking lot....
     
  9. SD-Dave

    SD-Dave Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 237

    Sorry so busy today.....no time for a group shot.....did have to mount blower this afternoon....stand-by for photos of that
     
  10. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    That is sweet! Nice looking machine
     
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    That is an awesome setup!Thumbs Up
     
  12. loaderplower93

    loaderplower93 Member
    Messages: 66

    I ran a 244J loading salt for part of the season a few years ago, one of my favorite machines that I've gotten to operate without a doubt!
     
  13. contractor078

    contractor078 Senior Member
    Messages: 232

    wow 90k thats crazy i don't even think that the CAT loaders are that much that's big cake there. good for you awesome looking machine very jealous!
     
  14. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    Unfortunately they are that much.
     
  15. SD-Dave

    SD-Dave Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 237

    Yeah.....nothing is cheap.....but when you take in depreciation and how well they hold value, efficiency and low oprating cost.....they are well worth it in my opinion