Back on the Cairn Building post I had mentioned “Jaws”, the hinged bucket on our tractor. Someone asked what Jaws looked like so here is a photo. The hydraulic cylinders on the back of the bucket allow the forward portion to swing up on the hinges so I can grab rocks, stumps, trees, etc. Jaws is strong enough to bite right through small trees. Keep hands and favorite body parts well clear!
In this photo I had just lifted a slab of granite from a pile that was far enough down an embankment that I could not reach it with the bucket. Thus the chain. Normally I would have grabbed the rock with Jaws, being careful not to split it. After getting it up the embankment I could then pick it up either by scooping like with a regular bucket or by grabbing the granite with jaws.
Note the chain hooks on the top of the bucket at each side and in the middle. These are something that are eminently useful and should come standard on the bucket. I added them last year. I often use chains to lift or drag loads and the hooks make setup and break down much faster as well as safer.
Fine print: Of course, any modifications you make to your equipment are your responsibility, things can go wrong, don’t get hooked on it, work safely and all that stuff. I don’t take responsibility for your actions, this is not engineering advice, merely my experience, etc, etc.