NorTrac 3-Pt. Dirt Scoop
I purchased the least expensive scoop I could find since I only needed it for a small job.
It did take some fiddling to get it set up properly.
The directions we not very helpful.
I needed about an inch of 3/4" flat washers to use as spacers on the bolts that hold the bucket on.
Then I had to experiment with weights on the back of the scoop in order to make it self-lock after dumping the load. Ended up with a 5 pound barbell weight attached to the back of the scoop to make it work perfectly.
Last thing was to bend up the tab for the bucket stop. It was welded at a slightly wrong angle, so that the scoop latch bar would not freely engage.
It took me about an hour to figure out everything so the scoop worked as it is supposed to. That's the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
As long as you realize that the scoop holds only as much as a wheel barrow, this is a good product.
And it sure beats the wheel barrow and shovel.
February 18, 2013
Ok but not great
I have been running this scoop on a John Deer 425 moving 10 tons of landscape rock. Generally it work fairly well, two drawbacks. Because of the tractors limited lift on the three point the scoop does not always empty completely, however this is more a limitation of tractor than the scoop. The second is the latching mechanism on the scoop, its quite terrible, it does not latch by itself after dumping the load which really slows everything down having to manually latch it. Still it beats a shovel and wheelbarrow.
September 25, 2012
Instead of a FEL
I have an old Kubota 7100. FEL are running $4000-5000. I came across this scoop. It is one of the best buys I've made. Saturday I moved 91/2 tons of crusher from the front of the garage to the rear in 1 1/2 hours.
Previously I had moved landscaping rock and dug a 40' trench for a 15" drain pipe. .
One other reviewer mentioned bushings for the 3/4" scoop bolts. I could see where these could be helpful. I've used 3/4" water pipe for bushing before on 3/4 bolts and they good worked in this application as well.
This is a excellent buy, since I had a $50 gift card.
August 6, 2012
Dirt Scoop = big help
When I first received the scoop, my first thoughts were that it was too big for my sub compact tractor(F1100 Ford). Not only does it work well, I now have a miny dump truck which allows me to load rocks from my garden and yard and go dump them in other areas. the dump action allows me to dump and reset without getting off of tractor. GREAT JOB!!!
April 12, 2010
This scoop preforms great. i bought one a few years back and can't say enough about it. just fantastic. i have a kobota b6100 hst compact tractor. and it's hard to find implements that would fit such a small tractor. but this does the job just wonderfull. i love it.
July 20, 2009
update review of the scoop
I finally go to use the scoop for two days in the yard. Its a very very easy tool to use and my tractor had no problems scooping sand .... in fact with ajustment of the upper link it could dig too... to a depth of aprox 20 inches when reversed.
I am more than happy i was able fill a large hole.... aprox 4 ft deep and 6 ft long
in no time at all.. It sure beats a shovel and wheel barrow or little dump trailer i have on the ride on mower.
You can also compact somewhat with it if you put 4 or 5 cinder blocks or weights in the scoop and just lower it.....
So ... all in all .... Service from Northern tool was good, it was easy to put together, it was easy to attach to the tractor. I am happy with how it works... I like the design .. its simple and the nuts and bolts are easyly replaced.
I would recomend the scoop for anyone it is very useful and ..this weekend i will be usinompletely clean out the horse stalls as it is easy to ajust so that it skims rather than digs....
February 4, 2009
Good buy with minor modifications
It works great on my Kubota 2230 but is no challenge to the tractor. If you have the lifting power you may want to consider spending a little more to get the 30 inch scoop. The hinge pins on the scoop are a real affront to my engineer’s brain. They are nothing more than ¾” bolts and there is a half inch clearance on each side between the scoop and frame. I bought two ¾” x 4-1/2” long studs, threaded on the ends only with bearing space in the middle and 2 one-piece threaded clamp-on–collars, for spacers. You could also use 7/16” thick jam nuts. I fastened the stud to the scoop with the collar and the nut that came with the scoop and cut off the extra stud leaving a generous one inch to go through the hole in the frame. I also melted some wax from a toilet ring onto all the threads to keep them from rusting together for the unlikely event that I would want to take it apart. It also makes a great high pressure lube but probably won’t last long in the dirt. All in all it is a good product and I would buy it again.
September 8, 2008
This scoop came without a user's manual, only a list of safety precautions. It took several weeks to get a resemblance of a manual from the company, and another week to figure out what it said. I still don't know what parts of this scoop are for. In use, it is o.k., except that it won't ride level on my tractor, and can carry only about 1/3 load (gravel, etc.)
August 11, 2008