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    260 backhoe*users with a thumb, a few questions!

    Looking into a thumb for our backhoe, but I'm wondering just how useful it really is. What sort of camping force do you think you get? And just how much can it lift? If I was to use it for logs for firewood, how long and thick of a log can the 260 and a*thumb manage?

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    That is a complicated question. I have the 260 but no thumb so I can't really state what it would lift. The specs only give a boom lifting capacity at full dipper arm and boom extension ( 285lbs ). Certainly much greater with both retracted somewhat. Also wood log weight will vary dramatically at the same diameters depending on specie and condition. I will be interested as well to hear from someone with experience using a thumb because firewood processing with the tractor is my idea of a good day.
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    I am curious about this thread and the use of a thumb as well. I've been looking at the BX thumb since I bought my tractor but my wish list keeps growing and the thumb keeps getting moved down the list for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshn3448 View Post
    I am curious about this thread and the use of a thumb as well. I've been looking at the BX thumb since I bought my tractor but my wish list keeps growing and the thumb keeps getting moved down the list for now.
    The lift capacity is dynamic and depends on how far the boom is extended. It will easily grapple stumps and large concrete sections heavy enough to tilt the wheels of a 1025 off the ground if you swing the elevated boom side ways to load refuse into a dump trailer. After changing your shorts you will learn to curl your load straight back and lift it into a trailer backed straight up to it from the rear. Generally speaking, you can lift a load way too heavy for a wheelbarrow.

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    Backhoe thumb

    I purchased the thumb right away when I got my tractor. All the capacities of your backhoe, remain the same with the addition of the ability to grab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisc1985 View Post
    Looking into a thumb for our backhoe, but I'm wondering just how useful it really is. What sort of camping force do you think you get? And just how much can it lift? If I was to use it for logs for firewood, how long and thick of a log can the 260 and a*thumb manage?
    I know my tractor is a 2032r but here is mine:

    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...tek-thumb.html

    I use it to clean the stream out on my property, have used it to pick up rocks that I could/would not lift and of course lifting large logs as you will see in the thread. I am sure there are other uses just have not had it that long to find out.
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    I discovered that the thumb is a very effective tool for removing barberry bushes including the roots. Barberry is an invasive species that is also a favorite haven for deer ticks here in the Northeast.

    Because barberry grows in clumps, my method is to dig/loosen the root clump with the backhoe bucket then grasp the whole shebang with the bucket-thumb and yank it out of the ground. You may have to try several positions of the thumb to find the most effective one. I find that this method removes the entire root ball to prevent regrowth.

    I pile up the bushes in huge piles and grab the pile with the Artillian grapple which handles it with ease for moving to a burn pile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemark View Post
    I purchased the thumb right away when I got my tractor. All the capacities of your backhoe, remain the same with the addition of the ability to grab.
    That's great but I think the OP was trying to figure out if it was worth getting so that he could lift logs for cutting into firewood lengths. Do you have any recollection of diameter and lengths that you found the 260 could pick up and grip for this type of activity?
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    The first post in the thread Shown in BillieS's reply shows exactly what you can do regarding logs with a thumb.

    I've had a 2305 TLB and now have a 1026 TLB and have lifted slightly larger than that (but not much)... same thumb even
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    Quote Originally Posted by HunterWare View Post
    The first post in the thread Shown in BillieS's reply shows exactly what you can do regarding logs with a thumb.

    I've had a 2305 TLB and now have a 1026 TLB and have lifted slightly larger than that (but not much)... same thumb even
    That link showed a different backhoe I think, although a very small one like the 260. I was just wondering if a guy could state that he could generally pick up a log of x diameter and y length reliably. Just to get some idea.I know these machines are small.
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