I'm a new member in the process of ordering my new 20205R with 270a and was hoping to get some real-world feedback related to bucket size on the tractor/backhoe combination. I plan to do a variety of tasks with my new backhoe: running 4" downspout pipe, digging out footers for new french drains, planting trees, removing stumps, and digging ditches. I living in SW PA where the soil has a high clay content.
My original thought was to get both the 16" and the 8" buckets. I'd use the 16" for tasks like planting and french drains, and the 8" for both increased power (stumps) and less soil disturbance (drain pipes). However, the JD salesman recommended just getting the 12" bucket on using it as a general purpose solution for everything. He was concerned that the 2025 is a bit under powered for the 16" bucket and might stop mid-scoop. I've found YouTube videos for the tractor/hoe, but no one is clear about which bucket they're using.
Does anyone have experience with the 16" bucket in similar soil conditions and for similar tasks? Do you experience any slow-down/stoppage as the salesman warned about.
Does anyone have thoughts in general about the single mid-sized vs both largest and smallest bucket ideas?