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grassman222
05-15-2011, 09:17 AM
If i were to buy a Komatsu PC-18 could i put a hydraulic thumb on it? If i can put one on it is it going to really slow down the hydraulics?

grassman222
05-15-2011, 09:19 AM
Also whats the biggest bucket i could put on the PC-18 ? i was told 24" is getting to be to big for the machine im assuming thats correct ? just curious . thanks

deerewashed
05-15-2011, 09:40 AM
a 24" grading bucket might be fine....
but for digging you want to go no more than 16 to 18.

J. Peterson Grading
05-15-2011, 10:26 AM
I think it would handle a thumb. I also think a 24" bucket would work well, and I have see guys have 30" clean up buckets on this size machine as well.

But remember, the thumb is going to add weight to the stick and the bigger the bucket load that you can get on the machine, the more tippy and unstable its going to be.

J.

Danny Boy
05-15-2011, 10:46 AM
Just looked it up online, that seems very similar to my Kubota u15 in size
I have a thumb on it and it handles it no problem plus I have a 38" wide clean up bucket that is perfect for many jobs like back filling moving volume ect...

grassman222
05-15-2011, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the information everyone . I was probably going to do a 18 inch bucket. Im still trying to get a ruff price for a PC-18 , the dealer is yankin my chain, all i want is a price . :)

grassman222
05-15-2011, 12:10 PM
Just looked it up online, that seems very similar to my Kubota u15 in size
I have a thumb on it and it handles it no problem plus I have a 38" wide clean up bucket that is perfect for many jobs like back filling moving volume ect...

How much are the kubotas going for, approximately if you dont mind me asking ?I think the new kubotas are u17's.

Danny Boy
05-15-2011, 03:53 PM
How much are the kubotas going for, approximately if you dont mind me asking ?I think the new kubotas are u17's.

Thats right, same sized machine as the 15 but a bigger engine so a little stronger I guess... cant give ou a price as I traded one in against the new one and got a great price for it plus the sales were slow that month and they were desperate to make the sale, Soooo I got three buckets, a thumb and hammer plus two spare sets of weld on ears for buckets ect, I am into the whole deal for less than 28 thou with the great price I got on the trade in...:)

I have made some great money with it so far and it still hasn't hit 100 hours:drinkup: