Kubota KX161-3 Excavator

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by start2finish, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    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
  2. tylermckee

    tylermckee LawnSite Member
    from wa
    Messages: 248

    if it were my machine i would want a trenching/digging bucket 18-24", and the biggest cleanup bucket they have for the machine.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    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.
  4. 2004F550

    2004F550 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    clean up is worth the $$ for sure
  5. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    24" is what we use the most on ours:weightlifter:
  6. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 837

    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.
  7. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,170

    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?
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Just a shot in the dark, but I'd guess a Kubuta KX161-3.

  9. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    correct !!!!!!!!!!
  10. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,170

    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. :hammerhead:

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