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Chad Stevens (FL)    Posted 05-07-2020 at 13:07:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Dirt Scoop - Which way should it face? Stabalizers?
  • I picked up a dirt scoop to fill some potholes in my drive way with dirt and a leftover pile of roadbase. From your experience, is it better to face the scooping end toward the tractor or away from the tractor? I have seen it positioned both ways online. It looks to me like it is easier to have it facing away from the tractor (so you can scoop the dirt going in reverse), but I have 0 experience. Also, are stabilizers a necessity when using a dirt scoop?

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 05-08-2020 at 18:08:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dirt Scoop - Which way should it face? Stabalizers?
  • I use mine mostly pulling to fill. Stabilizer bars definitely help keep it from flopping side to side and help stiffen the lift arms for the few times I need to use it turned backwards to fill.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-08-2020 at 07:54:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dirt Scoop - Which way should it face? Stabalizers?
  • As stated, N's are pulling machines. The original Ford-Ferguson and Dearborn Dirt Scoops were designed to be pulled in the forward direction -see picture. It was the later FORD models that were designed to be reversible, made for the Hundred Series with more power. I highly recommend Stabilizer Bars. See our HOW-TO's for the correct way to install. You want the most ridged setup especially when using in reverse. Like a back blade. STAB BARS, aka anti-sway bars (NOT the same as the STAY BARS) help prevent the unit from kicking to one side under load. Best to get the A&O Manual from our Manuals library and read before using and doing damage -SEE LINK and find more.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 05-08-2020 at 11:40:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Agreed.

    The Ford three point hitch, early or later is not designed to push heavy loads and damage can result from so doing, especially to the draft control mechanism.

    OK to reverse slip scoop to push into piles of LOOSE materials, e.g., crushed rock, loose dirt, etc., but if your control rod or draft control fork is bent and your draft control does not function as it should, think back and remember if you have pushed hard on the three point mechanism in the reverse direction. It was not designed for such abuse.

    Dean

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-09-2020 at 08:23:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • No matter which way you go plan on getting a brutal workout - you and your arms will be exhausted at the end of the day dumping! Trust me, I've done both.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 05-09-2020 at 09:59:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dirt Scoop - Which way should it face? Stabalizers?
  • I do not disagree, Tim. I, too, have done it, albeit with my 860.

    Slip scoops and box blades are two implements where a good hydraulic top link is very handy.

    A good hydraulic top link avoids the necessity of constantly dismounting/mounting to readjust the top link to avoid loosing much of the dirt after filling while traveling to the place where it is to be dumped. But a good one is needed to assure that it stays in place while filling.

    Dean

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 05-08-2020 at 06:59:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Dirt Scoop - Which way should it face? Stabalizers?
  • As Jimmyjack said:

    If digging a pond or ditch, generally pull forward.

    If digging into a pile, backwards works better.

    Dean    Posted 05-07-2020 at 14:04:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dirt Scoop - Which way should it face? Stabalizers?
  • Farm tractors are designed to pull rather than push.

    Your scoop will work best if positioned so as to fill when traveling forward.

    Dean

    Tim    Posted 05-07-2020 at 16:55:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Dirt Scoop - Which way should it face? Stabalizers?
  • If it's a Ferguson earth scoop yes you pull it and you should have a chain or bar to keep it centered. Set it so you can dump it and lower the scoop in dump mode then you can scrape with it. Play around with the angle it set if you lower it about 2 inches and set it parallel to the ground it will level Not dig adjust slightly down at the front you can bury it so adjust you depth limit. You will love it once you play with it awhile

    Jimmyjack    Posted 05-07-2020 at 20:52:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dirt Scoop - Which way should it face? Stabalizers?
  • I like it best facing away from the tractor for most uses. Its easiest to fill backing into a pile, and dumps and levels very good going backward on fixing roads, potholes etc. I also use it for hauling wood, and like a work box. If you have it at the right level when you trip it going backwards it works like a grader blade. Try it each way, your chores and soil will determine what is best for you.

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