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Hydraulic Thumb on Smaller Mini's

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ma5tr, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. ma5tr

    ma5tr LawnSite Member
    from toronto
    Messages: 103

    Hey eveyone,

    Last year we purchased a cat 302.5c. It has ben an amazing asset to our company. We have made may bedrock armor stone walls since we have had it and it has lifted all of the stones that we have thrown at it at a fully extended length (over the side as well). You do have to move very slow, but it works.

    We`are now thinking of getting a thumb, do you guys think getting a thumb for this small of machine would be pointless? We do alot of stone setting with it, but i dont know if the stones we use would be to big for the thumb to handle.

    And before you start bashing me for getting a small machine the reason we did so was becasue of access restriction between buildings, and we wanted a standard ts machine since the 303cr we demoed didnt handle stones nearly as well.

    Thanks for your input!!
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,162

    Personally I see no point in owning an excavtor without a thumb no matter what size the excavator is unless you never do anything more than dig holes with it. It must be difficult to build a rock wall without a thumb.
  3. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702


    I agree completely. In a landscaping application, the thumb is priceless. I can't imagine not having one on the 331
  4. badranman

    badranman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    You may notice a slight reduction in carrying capacity due to the extra weight of the thumb but I think it's benifets far outweigh this little inconveinience. I also couldn't imagine not having a hydraulic thumb on my machines. It makes life so much easier. I'm actually rebuilding the "teeth" on one thumb just due to the number of rock walls we build with it. Here's one:
    Anybody watch "Trailer Park Boys" on Showcase? Do you recognize this guy?

  5. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Couldnt live without a Hyd. thumb on a mini no more, GET IT
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    I've been on our 303 all day (first time in MONTHS!) and have used the thumb about 75% of the time. We wouldn't and couldn't be without one.

    JDSKIDSTEER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    I agree. I would not have one without a thumb, but I sell few thumbs. Maybe I need to brush up on sales techniques???????:dizzy:
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    You would sell more if manufactures would just make them standard equipment :)
  9. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Kubota sticks come with the thumb weld already in place...as does the new "c" series cats, I beleive.
  10. cuttinjoe

    cuttinjoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    John Dunsworth (Mr. Lahey):canadaflag: :canadaflag:

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