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    260 Back hoe bucket size recommendations

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    I am ready to pull the trigger on adding the 260 to my 1025r and thought I would get the 12" bucket. Planning on planting some shrubs, trees and removing a few Leland Cyprus stumps. After that general yard word and such.


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    Been looking at the same thing but I really don't have a reason to get the 260 just yet other than to play (the wife would kill me if that was the only reason though). I would say your soil type and where you plan to dig is the best way to choose a bucket size. I hear in sand you can go get the 16" bucket but if you expect to dig in clay the 12" might work but the 8" might have better luck. Other people with the 260 will have a better idea than me but just something to think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobysmak View Post
    Been looking at the same thing but I really don't have a reason to get the 260 just yet other than to play (the wife would kill me if that was the only reason though). I would say your soil type and where you plan to dig is the best way to choose a bucket size. I hear in sand you can go get the 16" bucket but if you expect to dig in clay the 12" might work but the 8" might have better luck. Other people with the 260 will have a better idea than me but just something to think about.
    Funny you say that, I think I do have her convinced, been mentioning it since May when I bought the machine. Kick myself for not buying it then. I think I convinced myself finally.

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    I did the same thing, only with the FEL. Bought the machine, had it delivered, and it wasn't 3 months later and the tractor was back at the dealer getting the FEL installed.
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    The 8" would be best for digging stumps, the 16" would be best for planting - unless the soils is too dense, and the 12" is good all around. JD wants over $500 for the 16" bucket, that's about half what I paid for a locally made 42" cleanout bucket for my excavator - which was higher quality than what came from the factory.

    You wouldn't want to use the 16" for digging stumps, it can twist the dipper stick because you will be engaging the roots far off center, and that will bend things in directions they aren't meant to bend. That's why the narrowest bucket is best for stumping, it also makes it easier to reach deeper under the roots without having to create a huge hole around the stump.
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    Went with the 12" on ours as a happy medium, but later added the Bro-Tek thumb and ripper. The thumb gets used all the time, the ripper occasionally.

    The ripper can be better than the bucket for grubbing small stumps where you want to minimize soil disturbance (like established planting areas) and for cutting shallow roots but a bucket is called for anytime the stump involves a tap root and you need to get some depth.

    After a couple years use, I still think 12" was the right size for a broad range of uses with our mix of sandy loam and clay.

    I definately recommend adding a thumb, it really expands the utility of the backhoe. Ours gets a lot of use lifting/moving things around. Very handy to lift and hold a log for cutting, put a stump into a truck bed, stack big rocks, etc.

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    12" is a great all around use size. Big enough for a person to get into a shallow trench to level up and say lay some yard drain pipe. I bought an 8" from GFP when they were having a sale but have yet to use it. I figured that would be better for an electrical or water line trench that one didn't need to stand in. As well as grubbing stumps or roots.
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    Have 2305 with FEL & hoe with over 250 hrs of hoe time have 16 & 12 wish had 8. smaller is better easy to get another dip then fight roots or rocks. I run around 2500 RPMs plenty fast and will pick front off ground. GO with small bucket will dig all ground and for the time it takes to change buckets you can get a lot of digging. I removed small trees roots and all have 24 inch plus with moots this winter hoping mother nature help.

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    Forgot to tell about storing hoe use outriggers and block up center or hoses will be to short making it a lot of work to get on BAD enough having to pull 3pt.

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    For me went with 12" , it is wide enough that 2 , 4" drain pipes can be put in the same ditch. Also with 12" have found it wide enough to get both feet down in the ditch so you can work.

    The 260 could handle the 16" and a few times over the years , wished I owned a 16". When we were getting city water , the first couple of lines I dug wished I had the 8" , till we had to get down in the ditch to make the connections. IMO no need for a 8".
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