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04-29-2006, 12:12 AM
Buying a 12000 mini-excavator next week and still debating on bucket sizes.

any ideas, I am only going to buy two

12 inch for pipe and water lines (most of the soil here is clay) as well as stumping

24 or 30 inch for retaining wall footers and to dig propane tank holes. (the extra six inches on wall footers doesn't bother me much)

I need some input

04-29-2006, 12:20 AM
if it were my machine i would want a trenching/digging bucket 18-24", and the biggest cleanup bucket they have for the machine.

Gravel Rat
04-29-2006, 12:50 AM
The contractor I worked for had a trenching bucket its something like a 10-12 inch wide bucket good for digging hard pan only had 3 teeth on it. They had a regular digging bucket something in the 18-20" range and a clean up bucket.

You would also want a quick connect either it be manual (cheapest) or hydraulic pin on buckets are too slow if you doing a job which requires bucket size changes.

04-29-2006, 02:22 AM
clean up is worth the $$ for sure

Planet Landscaping
04-29-2006, 05:45 AM
24" is what we use the most on ours:weightlifter:

04-29-2006, 07:39 AM
For our 161-3 we have:

12" tiger tooth bucket - the stump ripper

24" tiger tooth bucket - normally gets rock work

30" toothless sand bucket - our GP bucket for footings and the like.

36" trash and demolition rake - invaluable for pulling bricks out of the dirt.

The buckets have deep belly's and with the 30" you can lift a track swinging full.

04-29-2006, 07:15 PM
A 12" is a must and so is a 24" in my operation. I also have a 50" clean out bucket that is excellent to have around as well. I am going to get a 30" as well. I would also make sure you get a QC. What kind of Excavator are you getting?

Dirty Water
04-29-2006, 07:23 PM
What kind of Excavator are you getting?

Just a shot in the dark, but I'd guess a Kubuta KX161-3.


04-29-2006, 08:04 PM
correct !!!!!!!!!!

04-29-2006, 08:22 PM
What? Are you mocking my keen powers of observation? You know after I checked back on the site and read the title it came to me as well. :hammerhead:

04-29-2006, 09:52 PM
;) we dont even have a 50" CO bucket on our 160, its 48". whats the capacity on that thing.

Dirty Water
04-29-2006, 10:10 PM
What? Are you mocking my keen powers of observation?

No, you live to close to my state.


04-30-2006, 12:52 AM
Its on a TK TB53, 12K machine. Works very well. It has no problem handling a full bucket of pit run. It probably isn't as deep as what you have on your 160. The bucket was built for an EX60.

04-30-2006, 01:26 AM
Here's what I suggest for a KX 121:

12" trenching, 20-24" for general digging, at at least a 36" if not 40" cleanup bucket.

Oh yeah, a good quick coupler is a must. Pin grabbers work, although they aren't my favorite. Maybe I'm just lazy now that I have a hydraulic QC in the 312, I need to get my work ethic back in line, 312's make me lazy...

05-02-2006, 10:25 PM
we selected a 18inch and 30 inch bucket. as well as a quick coupler and hydraulic thumb.

we should take delivery thursday or friday.

we have a demo machine on the job now with a 36inch bucket and the machine does surprisingly well with it. it is light over the sides, but with some grace it is stable, doesn't tolerate jerking, (the 36inch has the same cap as 30, it is just shallower)

thanks for the input

05-06-2006, 06:02 PM
It is here, hasn't been to the jobsite yet, but that will be soon.

05-06-2006, 07:51 PM
how much does a 40" clean up bucket run? i have a 161-3 and i need to pick one up in this next week...

just curious

05-07-2006, 12:42 PM
I'm looking @ one with hydraulic angling....it's $2500.

05-07-2006, 01:23 PM
I forgot about the hydraulic angling, the dealers I shopped at don't even carry one without it. It is nice.

I didn't price a bucket that big. 40 inch

05-07-2006, 03:08 PM
I bought mine at auction for a grand, I think you could buy them all day at that. It certainly was not a great deal. If you go to the various attachment websites you can get a quote. I want to add an articulating ditch buct next. They are about 4K from Werk Brau.

05-09-2006, 10:50 PM
well I am nothing but please so far with the machine, I used the 30 inch bucket today and dig the edge of a pond today. Customer added 1 foot to the standpipe and had cattails and bullrush growing all along the flooded banks. I dug 2 foot about 8 foot out into the pond. (for anyone who doesn't know these plants can't survive in 2 foot of water, thats why we dug it out) and dressed the banks. went around a 1.5 acre pond in 3 hours. I didn't do the dam, it was already steep enough not to be a problem. But I was pulling out buckets of mud (heavy) and while the machine would lift a track it was still very stable with a smooth touch.

I LOVE IT so far...