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How Big?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by iowa, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. iowa

    iowa LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW IA
    Posts: 305

    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.
  2. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    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.
  3. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Posts: 555

    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.

  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    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.
  5. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    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).
  6. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,775

    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.
  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,757

    what are some of the things you use it for besides grading?
  8. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    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.
  9. iowa

    iowa LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW IA
    Posts: 305

    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.
  10. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    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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