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Old 04-28-2006, 11:12 PM
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Kubota KX161-3 Excavator

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
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Old 04-28-2006, 11:20 PM
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if it were my machine i would want a trenching/digging bucket 18-24", and the biggest cleanup bucket they have for the machine.
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Old 04-28-2006, 11:50 PM
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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.
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Old 04-29-2006, 01:22 AM
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clean up is worth the $$ for sure
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Old 04-29-2006, 04:45 AM
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24" is what we use the most on ours
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:39 AM
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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.
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:15 PM
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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?
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:23 PM
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What kind of Excavator are you getting?
Just a shot in the dark, but I'd guess a Kubuta KX161-3.

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Old 04-29-2006, 07:04 PM
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correct !!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:22 PM
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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.
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