I’ve finally convinced my husband we need to buy a tractor and wonder if there are different kinds of buckets. Can you advise us?
I’m not sure what type of work you plan to do with your tractor and what size your horse farm is, but here is some information on buckets AKA loaders from my book Equipping Your Horse Farm.
A front-end loader is a large bucket mounted on the front of the tractor and used for scooping up and moving quantities of material. On a horse farm, that material is most often manure, but a front-end loader can move gravel, dirt, bedding, and even snow. If your tractor didn’t come with a loader, you can add one (made by the same manufacturer or a third party), along with an auxiliary hydraulic system, as long as the loader is specifically designed to work on your tractor.
The bucket size for your tractor depends on what you are going to use the bucket for. If you are going to use the tractor loader to scrape and clean stalls, choose a bucket that is slightly wider than the front tires of the tractor so that you can scrape up next to a wall or a fence without the front tires getting in the way. A large capacity bucket is fine for manure or mulch, but a smaller bucket is needed for heavier materials like stone or hard-packed earth.