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Skid Steer Bucket

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Mini man, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    Has anyone ever thought of making an adapter for a large skid steer bucket to mount forward on your mini ex?
    I am thinking a 4.5 ton mini and I just sometimes need to move alot of sand or gravel but cannot justify hauling my skid steer to the site also.
    Anyone done it?
  2. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Like a 74" or 80" C&I bucket on the stick of a mini-ex?

    I think that might be too big...
  3. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    Do you think a mini such as a Cat 304 C could handle it?

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    You can turn around the buckets of any Cat mini-X to make them front shovels. As far as using a wide one as you would like? What would you need that for?
  5. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    Sometimes you are on a site where you have a mini x but you need to move say 30 yards of sand/gravel a small distance and you dont want to float in your skid steer for this...make sence?
  6. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    with a three or two foot bucket on these machines it can some times be under powered i think six foot your machine would not even be able to laod the bucked much less work with it

    dad has a case 580sl and a three foot on that thing can be a handfull at times

    just use the dozer blade to move your material that is why it is there
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Uhh, I don't think that would work. We have a 40" grading bucket but it doesn't hold any more than our 24" digging bucket, so that really isn't an option for you either. I think the only way around is to just use the bucket you have on the excavator.
  8. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    or rig up a Skid bucket mount on the pusher blade. (using the hoe to latch it in place, since no 'tip' on fixed blade)

    or make some 'wings' and turn blade into a 'box-scraper'

  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Actually I've seen that done. Weld some sort of post and hole setup on the side of the blade and make wings that drop into the slots on the sides of the blade. Come to think of it, that would probably work pretty well.
  10. tylermckee

    tylermckee LawnSite Member
    from wa
    Messages: 248

    the other day i had to move ~50 yards of material about ~80 feet across one backyard to another backyard. i just swung it back and pushed it back. wasnt the fastest way to do it but it was easy and worked just fine.

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