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    bucket trade opinions 2025r

    For digging little more lift ability and fitting into the bed of my truck easier i have been thinking of wanting a 53" bucket instead of the 61"hd bucket i have. If i am able to trade it for a 53" straight up what do you guys think? Go for it or no? The only big plus i can think of having a bigger bucket so far has been snow removal.
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    Wide as the wheel tracks

    On larger machines, I would say the bucket needs to be as wide as the wheel tracks. Years ago we had a smaller bucket that didn't cover the wheel tracks and it was a PIA when digging, particularly if we were just trying to take 3-4" off the top. You could only go forward a few feet and then the front wheel would run up on undisturbed soil and then you loose the grade.

    With these smaller machines, I'm not sure that's such an issue. If you are just loading (digging) from a pile of dirt or rock, you are going to fill the bucket before the front wheels get there anyway. It might be an issue if you are using the loader with a Piranha bar to move brush as there will always be those few inches uncut on the sides.

    Like many other things, I think it comes down to your primary uses.

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    Keep the 61" IMO.
    Note: Back dragging dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Keep the 61" IMO.
    Note: Back dragging dirt.
    That is a good point. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmach1 View Post
    That is a good point. Thanks!
    I worked a good part of yesterday on a neighbor's driveway moving crusher run and back dragging, there is NO way I would want a 53".
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    Hiya,

    I've had both a 61 and a 53 on a 2000 series with an 200cx/h130.

    The 61 is best for snow, leveling, working with light to medium weight material.

    The 53 is best for scraping, digging, working with heavy or wet material

    I found on sloped land the 61 tended to make the tractor feel a bit more tippy as the load has a bit more leverage over the chassis.
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    First off you mention your present bucket is HD..........is the new bucket ALSO...HD. A world of difference in construction of buckets. Bend the standard bucket just looking at it. Keep the larger bucket and get another one,,,,,,,,,,,never enough attachments......
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    Quote Originally Posted by patchnball View Post
    First off you mention your present bucket is HD..........is the new bucket ALSO...HD. A world of difference in construction of buckets. Bend the standard bucket just looking at it. Keep the larger bucket and get another one,,,,,,,,,,,never enough attachments......
    Oooops, missed that the 61 you have is HD, now I know why you want a smaller one, it's heavy. THe 200cx/h130 don't have enough power to damage a standard bucket unless it's improperly used so to be able to lift more material in the bucket, stick to the standard duty buckets for your chassis/loader.
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    61" HD-Tooth Bar, 72" HD-bolt-on edge, Frontier Forx
    "A" front hitch, Mid-PTO, Air ride seat, Horn, Back-up alarm, Rear work lights, External mirrors, Auto cruise
    60HD broom. 366 Blade, 59 blower, i-Match
    Looking for: Rear Wheel Weight Set

    Stuff for Sale:
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    New Jamison Bryce adapter, cart and chute

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    all good points guys. I guess im leaning towards keeping this 61 hd then and maybe if i buy a 53" tooth bar for my dads bucket he might let me borrow it for digging. Just was afraid of borrowing one of the lighter duty buckets and bending it up or denting etc.
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    Kens weld on hooks
    Bucket tooth bar
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    I have a 53" bucket with tooth bar on my 2520 and I find it the perfect size for digging. That's what a bucket is for, isn't it?

    But with that said I do wish for a 61" bucket at times since I use my loader for snow removal on my 800'+ driveway. Even though it would help a little, I don't see that it would make that much of a difference. I would never trade my 53" for a 61" but would entertain having both if I could find a 61" for a bargain.

    I am really surprised when I see all the people getting the 61" bucket especially on the 1 series - bigger is not always better......
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