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    260B Thumb options - hydraulic?

    I have looked everywhere it seems - does anyone make a hydraulic thumb kit for the 260B backhoe?

    Otherwise - has anyone tried this newer one from BXpanded that bolts into existing holes on the 260B?

    Factory Mount Barracuda BH Thumb

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahamk View Post
    I have looked everywhere it seems - does anyone make a hydraulic thumb kit for the 260B backhoe?

    Otherwise - has anyone tried this newer one from BXpanded that bolts into existing holes on the 260B?

    Factory Mount Barracuda BH Thumb

    Thanks!
    Just get the bxpanded thumb. I don't have the 260B (mine is a 260) so it mounts a little different. But it is relatively inexpensive, and very easy to use.
    I have said this a million times, but if you are going to be pulling any stumps, get the bxpanded ripper tooth as well. Trust me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WifeSaidOK View Post
    Just get the bxpanded thumb. I don't have the 260B (mine is a 260) so it mounts a little different. But it is relatively inexpensive, and very easy to use.
    I have said this a million times, but if you are going to be pulling any stumps, get the bxpanded ripper tooth as well. Trust me.
    Two things I still need to order for my 260B. I was going to get the trenching bucket too, but its not that much smaller than the 8" bucket I have now, and Ive already paid for that one, lol.


    As to the hydraulic thumb on the 260, I cant see much of an advantage, but it would add a bit of cost.
    Youd need a 3rd function kit, separate from what you would use on the loader (because the location of the switch for it would be VERY hard to get to from the backhoe seat). Where would you run it from? Im sure you might be able to find a place in the backhoe, but Ive not ever looked. Someone else might know better where a good place to tap for something like that would be. Then youd need a cylinder, and hoses, and youd have to route them in such a way that they wouldnt interfere with anything or get caught while digging. It would most likely not be removable. You could add quick connects near the cylinder I suppose, and dismount the thumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJim View Post


    As to the hydraulic thumb on the 260, I cant see much of an advantage, but it would add a bit of cost.
    Youd need a 3rd function kit, separate from what you would use on the loader (because the location of the switch for it would be VERY hard to get to from the backhoe seat). Where would you run it from? Im sure you might be able to find a place in the backhoe, but Ive not ever looked. Someone else might know better where a good place to tap for something like that would be. Then youd need a cylinder, and hoses, and youd have to route them in such a way that they wouldnt interfere with anything or get caught while digging. It would most likely not be removable. You could add quick connects near the cylinder I suppose, and dismount the thumb.
    A manual or electric diverter on one of the stabilizer circuits is a great way to operate a hydraulic thumb. Hose are easy, you just follow the other ones up to the boom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    A manual or electric diverter on one of the stabilizer circuits is a great way to operate a hydraulic thumb. Hose are easy, you just follow the other ones up to the boom.
    See, leave it to the pros, lol!
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    First time replying on GTT, so not sure if I'm posting correctly. Anyway, I recently installed the BXpanded thumb on my 260B. Very easy install and it works great. I have been using it to build rock walls for my wife's never ending landscape jobs. Picking rocks out of a pile and putting them in place. Easily folds up out of the way when not in use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    A manual or electric diverter on one of the stabilizer circuits is a great way to operate a hydraulic thumb. Hose are easy, you just follow the other ones up to the boom.
    Agreed with Kennyd!!!
    Also, you can make any thumb hydraulic by removing the adjustable link with a cylinder of the correct length.
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    I attached the stationary thumb today and tried to pick up a large rock - it is definitely going to take some getting used to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    A manual or electric diverter on one of the stabilizer circuits is a great way to operate a hydraulic thumb. Hose are easy, you just follow the other ones up to the boom.
    Ken,

    You have way more experience at this than I do, but If I were going to go to the trouble and expense of adding a hydraulic thumb I would not want to add a diverter. I would add a 3rd ESCV with a button on the curl/dipper-stick lever. Number 1 your hand is already there if you are "thumbing" something. 2. You don't have to try and manipulate another lever that if you forget to divert flow to, will raise or lower your outrigger. 3) You are probably going to want control of the boom at this time and you would be out of hands. I would think it would be easy to tee into any circuit before it goes to its respective valve to get fluid, as that is just a big manifold from the power beyond circuit.

    If you are already going to the expense and effort to add a hydraulic thumb with an electric diverter, you might as well just make it an electric third function valve. Just takes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Dr. View Post
    Ken,

    You have way more experience at this than I do, but If I were going to go to the trouble and expense of adding a hydraulic thumb I would not want to add a diverter. I would add a 3rd ESCV with a button on the curl/dipper-stick lever. Number 1 your hand is already there if you are "thumbing" something. 2. You don't have to try and manipulate another lever that if you forget to divert flow to, will raise or lower your outrigger. 3) You are probably going to want control of the boom at this time and you would be out of hands. I would think it would be easy to tee into any circuit before it goes to its respective valve to get fluid, as that is just a big manifold from the power beyond circuit.

    If you are already going to the expense and effort to add a hydraulic thumb with an electric diverter, you might as well just make it an electric third function valve. Just takes

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    Well here is my $.01 added in since I hate odd numbers

    With a true 3rd function, when you activate it ALL of the flow from the IN lines would be directed to the small thumb cylinder, so you may very well loose the other controls too.

    Tee'ing into any circuit will not work, that would put the thumb and other cylinder in "parallel" and neither would function well.

    I've not used a thumb before, but I do have quite a few hours in a mini-X and regular backhoes, but in my mind I'd think you would just move the thumb into a position and then mostly use the bucket curl to pull in things and clamp to the thumb-just as you would with a fixed version. I only advantage I see is that with a hydraulic one you can position or stow it from the seat.
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