Which Mechanical Thumb for pc150?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by mrusk, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have a 1997 PC 150. I need a mechanical thumb for a large boulder wall job I have coming up. I know its not as good as a hydrulic one, but I can't see spending 10-12k on something for a machine that might be worth 20k.

    I need to get this ordered up tomorrow so please let me know what brands are best!

    Thanks
     
  2. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Have you checked machinery trader for a used hydraulic thumb? If you can try and find a used one, you will be happy you did. Or mabee even look for a full grapple.
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  3. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
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    I had very good luck with a Solsbee thumb. Used it a lot over the years I owned it. Never had an issue. If you order a new one....ask them to turn the pin, the one you pull out to lower the thumb and strut into working position, down about 1/16th of an inch in diameter. It makes getting it in and out much nicer.
     
  4. NEUSWEDE

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Get a narrow one, that way you can still get your stick into the skinny trenches, that's if you use a narrow trenching bucket.
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