“Jaws” a.k.a. The 4-in-1 Bucket


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.

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8 Responses to “Jaws” a.k.a. The 4-in-1 Bucket

  1. Mark V says:

    Jus when I thought it safe to go back in the water……..!

  2. pablo says:

    You have all of the good toys.

  3. Patti says:

    Ahhh the multi-tasking “log” chain!! We have several and they are sooo handy to have…

  4. PV says:

    WALTER!!!!!!!
    You hit 50000!!!!
    WOW!!!!
    Congratz!

  5. Wishing to you Walter, a Happy Independence Day!
    Happy Birthday America, Happy 4th of July!!!
    I hope you all enjoy your Celebrations!

  6. pigfarmer 56 says:

    If you think the 4 in 1 is cool try a mini excavator with a hydralic thumb The ultimate toy

  7. Aye, thumbs are great. I’m thinking of how to hack one onto my backhoe. Adding a wrist to that would make it really useful for stone work. I’m thinking up welding projects so I’ll have a reason to get a welder… I just had to get the tractor welded but couldn’t do it myself yet.

  8. Esther says:

    I’m using a mini excavator with a 4 in 1 bucket most of the time. It really helps me out when a job needs to be done fast.

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