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It also enables various other
attachments to be fitted.
Pallet tines can be fitted to
turn your tractor into a fork lift.
This is obviously great for
handling produce but it also
makes it much easier to store
and handle implements.
Hay spikes can also be fitted to
make easy work of shifting hay
If you would like to acquire a
4-in-1 bucket consider the
Do your homework on
whether you should upgrade
your tractor to a machine that
comes with a 4-in-1 bucket
factory fitted or have an after
market unit fitted to your
existing tractor. As there are
engineering costs associated
with retro fitting it may be more
cost effective to upgrade to a
new tractor. New 4WD tractors
with factory fitted 4-in-1 are
available from around $20,000.
Think about how much you
want to lift with the bucket.
There are varying sized buckets
with different lifting capacities
to match smaller and larger
horsepower tractors. A 4-in-1
bucket matched to a decent
sized 25HP tractor will lift
around 400kg. Of course there
are smaller 25HP garden tractors
available with lesser lifting
capacities. A 55HP tractor and
matching 4-in-1 bucket will lift
Also look for a bucket with
adequate cubic capacity for your
needs. Manufacturers do vary in
the size of bucket supplied.
Obviously the larger the lifting
capacity of the bucket, the less
lifts you will need to make.
If you need to load into a
certain truck ensure the lift
height of the machine is
adequate.The beauty of a 4-in-1
bucket is you can dump from
the bottom of the bucket by
opening it up.This enables
access to slightly higher
Look for a bucket that is easily
removed such as a quick release
Euro hitch.This style will enable
you to get the bucket off very
quickly without tools.
The 4-in-1 bucket has three
cutting edges - check with the
dealer that they are hardened -
they will last much longer. Also if
the bucket comes with teeth on
the side it will be much more
useful for grabbing branches.
Look for the location of the
rams that open and close the
bucket.The further they are to
outside of the bucket the greater
the clamping force they will
To get the most out of your 4-
in-1 bucket ensure that the jaws
have a wide opening angle.This
enables larger objects to be
grabbed but more importantly it
enables the cutting edges on
either jaw to be used more
effectively when grading and
A self levelling bucket is
another good feature to look out
for. It makes the tractor safer to
use as it is designed to prevent
the contents of the bucket
falling out as the loader boom is
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GRAB: The 4-in-1 really comes in handy when removing heavy objects
such as fallen trees.
FORK LIFT: Pallets present no problems.
HAY SPIKE: This takes all the hard work out of moving large bales of hay.
Need to know more:
East Wind tractors and Hanmey
implements feature in this article. For
more information visit
eastwind.com.au or hanmey.com.au or
ring 1300 TRACTOR (1300 87 22 86).
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