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    53" or 49" bucket on FEL?

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    My 1025R will be delivered on Friday. I need to confirm with them which bucket I want. The standard is the 49" but I can get the 53" for $75 more (both quick attach). Is there a reason I should go with one or the other? Obviously the 53" is bigger, but technically it will lower the lift capacity slightly. One Deere guy told me that the loader is designed for the 49" so running a 53" with a load in the bucket may limit the lift height due to the extra weight.

    Cost is irrelevant - it's only $75.

    My primary concern was that the bucket be wider than the front tires on the tractor, which I think both buckets are?...

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    A similar thread started today... http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...ons-2025r.html
    I'd go 53" for your tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiddru View Post
    Guys-

    My 1025R will be delivered on Friday. I need to confirm with them which bucket I want. The standard is the 49" but I can get the 53" for $75 more (both quick attach). Is there a reason I should go with one or the other? Obviously the 53" is bigger, but technically it will lower the lift capacity slightly. One Deere guy told me that the loader is designed for the 49" so running a 53" with a load in the bucket may limit the lift height due to the extra weight.

    Cost is irrelevant - it's only $75.

    My primary concern was that the bucket be wider than the front tires on the tractor, which I think both buckets are?...

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    Kevin
    I have the 53" on my 2320 and that works fine for heavy materials like dirt, gravel etc. I have 200 lbs. of weight on each back wheel and about 300 lbs. of rear blade and weights on the 3pt hitch. I can pick up approximately 1000lbs in the loader but usually need to be in 4x4 mode. When I have used it for moving snow I wish I had a wider bucket. My buddy has a 2305 with a 53" bucket and it works fine also so I think the 53 should work fine for you.

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    I have a 53 on mine and works fine. I wouldn't want a smaller bucket on my 1025r.


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    I have the 49" bucket, and have no problem with the size of it. Since Marshawn was my first tractor with loader, I am glad that I got the smaller one, it is nice to learn on and get proficient using something smaller. Not that the 4" would make that much difference (my wife might say otherwise)
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    Does anyone know the weight difference between the buckets? I couldn't imagine it being much more the 50-75lbs? If you have the option up front, I would go with bigger. That's my plan when it comes time.
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    I had a 53" on the 2320 I had and the 1025r TLB I have now. Had full bucket of crushed stone
    and can lift it to the stops with no problem (with appropriate counter weight, of course).
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    Hiya,

    Depends on what your planning on doing with it.

    If your digging soil, lifting heavy or wet material stick with the 49

    If your doing snow, light material or leveling, you can go with the 53

    In my opinion the bucket size that seems to be the best overall choice for people in the long run is the standard one listed

    1 series 49"
    2 series 53"
    3 series 61"
    4 series 72"

    I know of the 2 different widths on my 2 tractors the 53 works better on the 2 series and the 61 works best on the 3 series, that's my story and I'm sticking with it.
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    I've loaded my 53" bucket full of crushed concrete (as full as I could get it) and had no problem lifting at all. Go big or go home. That extra couple of inches is REALLY nice because the bucket is now slightly wider than the tractor and you can get the bucket closer to things along the side of the tractor without hitting the tractor. The reduced lift capacity of the larger bucket is a non-issue in my opinon
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    I have the 49 on my 1026R. We spaced our garden plots and fences based on my old garden tractor/mower, and the 53 would have made maneuvering around parts of our yard difficult. Another possible issue, we used to have a small pickup, and as I recall, a 4X8 sheet of plywood was "just" able to fit into the bed and sit on the wheel wells. I don't think that I would be able to put the lip of a 53 bucket into the bed of a small p/u to dump or pickup/shovel stuff into it. Thirdly, I sometimes load my small dump trailer with loam or mulch to drive into areas that I don't want to take the 1026. The 49" bucket is just right for filling my trailer without a lot of spill over the edges.

    But when moving stuff in bulk, I would have liked a little larger bucket to carry more on each trip. Seat time is one thing, but a couple of trips less during my busy weekend day always helps.

    Just my 2 cents.
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