Just when you might think you've seen everything - the new side by side front end loader models are here!
These front end loaders, or dump buckets, are one of the newest and hottest side by side attachments on the market.
These brand new side by side ATV loaders do the work of a small tractor loader. No more wheelbarrows, shovels or strained backs!
Just a few years ago, a front end loader or dump bucket attachment for an side by side was an impossibility - unless you built a homemade one on your own.
These new side x side dump buckets lift, plow, dig, drag and push. You'll be able to push feed, scrape manure, haul gravel, remove snow, carry lumber, move stumps, topsoil and mulch, bring in large game, etc.
Swisher, Ground Force, Ground Hog and several other manufacturers have now entered the market. And I'm sure we'll see many more models in the next year or two.
Right now, there are two types of side by side ATV front end loaders on the market: ones that work off an extra electro-hydraulic power unit that's wired to the side by side battery and ones that work with winches to raise and lower the bucket.
If you purchase a front end loader bucket with the electro-hydraulic power unit, you'll most likely need to replace your standard side x side battery with a deep cycle cell battery, to give you more power. The Ground Hog loader works in this way.
If you purchase a loader, like the Swisher model I've seen, your winch raises and lowers the dump bucket. Remember to match your winch pulling power to the front end loader bucket weight capacity! Super important.
And I've seen side by side front end loaders with, and without teeth, along the front edge of the loader bucket.
MY TIP: Please keep in mind that you'll need to add heavier springs or air shocks to your side by side ATV in order to support the weight of the loader & cargo. I've seen some models claim to lift up to 400lbs!
Also: depending on the side by side front end loader model you choose, there are varying load capacity and lift heights. Check the manufacturers specs for any front end loader you're considering buying and match the maximum load capacity and lift height with you side by side owner's manual specs.
Never overload your side x side with cargo -- it'll make the back end airborne! Sometimes funny but always dangerous!