long time lurker and john deer enthusiast here. Let me introduce myself. I'm 19, a recent high school graduate, and starting in the excavation contracting world.
I own a 3033r, a 1025r tlb and yanmar vio 25 mini excavator, with a heat/ac cab after watching far To much of Tim marks "tractor time with Tim" I found out about the forum and plan to start a youtube. anyhow, Im looking for input on the 1025r, I have a 12" dig bucket and a thumb on it, I placed an order for the bxpanded quick coupler and tooth bar. Im curious as to what people have to say about there trenching bucket and ripper. I plan to build a 20" cleanout bucket for the machine, and a tilt bucket. which leads me to my second question
what diverter kit does everyone find is the best value? I will need the diverter to run a grapple, and the tilt bucket so it's going to happen sooner than later. The guys and I just LOVE this machine, we do a lot of french drains and utility installs, and while the excavator or my old 580k is faster, it leaves a mess, moves more dirt than I need, and is just unhandy for more than half my work.
lastly, would anyone be interested in a build thread for the buckets? I'm considering building a couple of the cleanout buckets and selling them on eBay if there's enough interest
thanks all, and especially Tim marks for the wonderful content on this forum and on youtube, it has been a blessing and a joy.
ps, I posted this in a wrong section first and if a mod could delete it i would be much obliged