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Mini man
01-26-2006, 09:43 PM
Has anyone ever thought of making an adapter for a large skid steer bucket to mount forward on your mini ex?
I am thinking a 4.5 ton mini and I just sometimes need to move alot of sand or gravel but cannot justify hauling my skid steer to the site also.
Anyone done it?

Tigerotor77W
01-26-2006, 09:47 PM
Like a 74" or 80" C&I bucket on the stick of a mini-ex?

I think that might be too big...

Mini man
01-26-2006, 10:13 PM
Do you think a mini such as a Cat 304 C could handle it?

UNISCAPER
01-26-2006, 11:12 PM
You can turn around the buckets of any Cat mini-X to make them front shovels. As far as using a wide one as you would like? What would you need that for?

Mini man
01-26-2006, 11:35 PM
Sometimes you are on a site where you have a mini x but you need to move say 30 yards of sand/gravel a small distance and you dont want to float in your skid steer for this...make sence?

gammon landscaping
01-27-2006, 12:23 AM
with a three or two foot bucket on these machines it can some times be under powered i think six foot your machine would not even be able to laod the bucked much less work with it

dad has a case 580sl and a three foot on that thing can be a handfull at times

just use the dozer blade to move your material that is why it is there

Scag48
01-27-2006, 12:28 AM
Uhh, I don't think that would work. We have a 40" grading bucket but it doesn't hold any more than our 24" digging bucket, so that really isn't an option for you either. I think the only way around is to just use the bucket you have on the excavator.

janb
01-27-2006, 01:09 AM
or rig up a Skid bucket mount on the pusher blade. (using the hoe to latch it in place, since no 'tip' on fixed blade)

or make some 'wings' and turn blade into a 'box-scraper'

jb

Scag48
01-27-2006, 03:05 AM
Actually I've seen that done. Weld some sort of post and hole setup on the side of the blade and make wings that drop into the slots on the sides of the blade. Come to think of it, that would probably work pretty well.

tylermckee
01-27-2006, 03:43 AM
the other day i had to move ~50 yards of material about ~80 feet across one backyard to another backyard. i just swung it back and pushed it back. wasnt the fastest way to do it but it was easy and worked just fine.

UNISCAPER
01-27-2006, 11:28 AM
Why not on the back side of the tracks could you not rig up a lift with a bucket? Should not be too hard except when you connect hydraulics.