mini-ex+24" bucket

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by tnmtn, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    i was wondering what size (HP/weight) mini-ex is needed to handle a 24" bucket. digging would mostly be in clay type soils, occasionally a few rocks. appreciate the help.
    good luck
  2. Boondox

    Boondox LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Can't answer from lots of personal experience, but the dealers I'm looking to buy from (3-3.5 ton under 30HP) say a 24" bucket is fine for sandy soil, but recommend a 12" for clay, rocks and stumps. Last summer I used a Kubota KX71 which is a 6300# machine with an 18" bucket and when digging in clay it got tossed around a bit if I didn't take small bites with lots of bucket curl. The Volvo EC35 (37hp and 7300#) did better with a 24" bucket in the same soil. The Kubota KX121 (42hp and almost 10,000#) excelled with a 30" bucket.

    That said, the machinery seemed to do better as my skill level increased! ;)
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    We run a 24" on our 303CR. The machine has 27HP and has an operating weight of about 7,300 pounds. We're in really sandy, loose conditions with light rock in most places. I'd a say a 10K machine would be sufficient for a 24" in clay. If I hit clay or caliche, I'm dead in my tracks. I wish I had an 18" for middle ground between our 12" and 24", but I don't. The 12", on the other hand, tears right through the clay like nobody's business.
  4. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    thanks for the replies. that was about what i was afraid of.
  5. #1 Catman

    #1 Catman LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 52

    302C to 304C would best be used Stick force is incredable. See for specs. I run a 303,304/ thumb in clay. Great machines, great one stop shop they have everything I need.
  6. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I run a 24" bucket on my bobcat 435ZHS... does just great with it
  7. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 734

    I run a 30" clean out bucket on a 35c deere and does very well with it in clay.

  8. lx665

    lx665 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    I use a 24" bucket on a New Holland EC35 in clay soils. The EC 35 does a good job in most conditions. If you noticed, I said good, not great. If I bought a new machine, I would get one or two sizes bigger.


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