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.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.
:thumbup1gif: The time saved digging in hard or rocky ground with an 8" will be lost digging the ditch wider the second time.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".
I don't recall any problems getting it hooked up when stored on the ground. I store it on the edge of a concrete slab which gains an inch or two of height, or I store it on a pallet.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.