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Old 03-18-2013, 08:08 AM
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How Big?

Looking into possibly purchasing an 8000# mini excavator, possibly sometime this week. I'm curious how big of a grading bucket I can get for it. I'd ideally like a 48-52", but not sure whats too big. Your advice would be appreciated.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:35 AM
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Bobcat claims that I can put a 55'' grading bucket on my 8000# mini x. I have a 31'' grading bucket an it handels it just fine even when loading my truck.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:53 AM
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Sorry, I still have to dream about a mini ex, I use the backhoe on my Kubota with a 2' bucket. I need to get an 8"-12" bucket because I do a lot of small jobs and once I do I will turn the 24" into a grading bucket.

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Old 03-18-2013, 10:23 AM
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If all you will be doing is smoothing loose dirt then a 48 would be doable but it will be too big for most any other use.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:48 AM
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I have a 48" on my 153 Takeuchi. Its a deep bucket that was built for an 18K machine. It handles it fine even loading trucks. Just know that if you get a big grading bucket, rest assured you will over work your machine. You say it will only be used for grading but trust me, if your like me and everyone else you find yourself using it for more than just grading. Although to me that sounds like a lot of bucket for that sized machine, it depends on what the capacity is. If its shallow that be better, but also remember the wider they are the more side load you put on your bucket and stick when your cutting grade in harder conditions (back to the over working the machine thing).
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:41 PM
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I have a 48" on my 153 Takeuchi. You say it will only be used for grading but trust me, if your like me and everyone else you find yourself using it for more than just grading.
what are some of the things you use it for besides grading?
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:18 PM
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What are you looking at getting? I have rented the E35 bobcat a few times last year and a d35 deere from construction company here in town. Can't help you with bucket though, I just used what they provided. I would like to try cats and kubota sometime too.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:30 PM
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I have a 52" on my E50. 10,000# machine. It handles it just fine. As some one else stated depends on what you are doing with it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:27 PM
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Mainly going to be used for excavating out patios and walls, and if I have it, might just as well use it to grade the base with as well. We can run into hard ground here once in a while, but for the most part it's pretty easy digging here. I think the machine will come with a 2' toothed bucket as well for those harder instances.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:59 PM
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I have a Kobelco 35sr (8,400 lbs.) with a 12", 18" 24", all with teeth, and 36" "ditching" bucket. I use the 36" bucket 95% of the time. I am sure if i was using it for "grading work a 48" would be doable. But with a zero turn i need to be careful when swinging over the side with the 36" bucket, unless i am not reaching out too far.
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