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Dirt Scoop for Compact Tractors

Dirt scoop for tractor
Figure 1. Small dirt scoop.

A dirt scoop (Figure 1) is a handy attachment for small tractors. It will allow you to dig, move and dump small quantities of soil, gravel, sand or other materials much easier than you can do with a shovel and wheelbarrow and much less expensively than with a front-end loader on your tractor.

A dirt scoop may be called by other names such as a rear bucket, slip bucket or slip scoop. It mounts on the 3-point hitch of a tractor (Figure 2). It is raised and lowered by the tractor and usually has a manual dump, triggered by pulling a rope. The scoop or bucket can be reversed (by hitching to either end), allowing you to dig in either forward or reverse, depending on the requirements of a given project. The normal mode of action is to scoop up a load of material in the bucket, haul it wherever needed and dump it.

The most important advantage of a dirt scoop is low cost. One can be purchased for less than $300. It provides a low-cost mechanized alternative to a shovel and wheelbarrow. It is useful for small digging projects around a homestead and for small grounds maintenance jobs. It is certainly not as versatile as a front-end loader, nor does it match the capacity of a front-end loader, but it costs much less. Because it mounts on the rear of the tractor, good traction is available for digging.

Mounted dirt scoop
Figure 2. Dirt scoop mounted on compact tractor.
A dirt scoop cannot handle as big a load as a front-end loader. Because a dirt scoop is behind the tractor, visibility may be limited and awkward.

A simple dirt scoop is a useful implement for your compact tractor and performs some of the functions of a front-end loader, although not as efficiently.


Last Updated: 7/21/2010 6:44:52 AM
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