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I mentioned in a separate post that I might be adding a backhoe to a 2038 purchase. My wife called it "the digger thing" thus the title of this post. Anyway we live in Ohio and will be using it to dig up stumps, dead bushes and maybe a trench now and again. I thought a 12" bucket would be good considering we are on clay but could it handle a 16" bucket or is that too much for this tractor?

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I live in Ohio as well-Northwest, near a river. We have heavy clay. My tractor is a 2025R and I have a 12 inch bucket on my digger thing. I would not go up in size. I like the smaller unit, I can always dig more with a small bucket, but can't fit a bigger bucket into a smaller space. Also, I feel that the larger bucket would contribute to overloading the backhoe's capacity. The backhoe can only apply so much force. That force applied to a smaller surface area in a smaller bucket will do more work than the force applied to a larger bucket and force spread out over a larger surface area. My $0.02
 

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I only have a baby backhoe with a 12 inch bucket but I am also in similar soil in Ohio. Absolutely no problems with digging power but stump removal is a whole different animal. Roots may need cut with a saw in some cases. Some of these trees can be surprising when you go to dig them. Many roots will be broken through with the hoe but the heaviest ones can be damn tuff. Naturally this will vary by specie and maturity.
 

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I used nothing but my artillian hoe bucket and my truck winch to get this one out of the ground. The hoe bucket is 12 inches wide. I have nothing but rock and clay. So you should be fine with whatever size bucket for use with a real back hoe. You can buy one size and always get another size if you need it.
 

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The 16" bucket will dig MUCH faster if you need to dig a hole. If digging a trench, you'll like a more narrow bucket.

I find that the number of teeth is the key. On the 260 backhoe, the 12" and 16" have the same number of teeth (3), so the digger's ability to dig is the same with either size.
The '2 teeth' on my 8" bucket will dig harder/tougher conditions than the 3 teeth/16".

I would recommend a two bucket approach...the smallest and largest supported by your backhoe.

Just my opinion.

Tim
 

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The 16" bucket will dig MUCH faster if you need to dig a hole. If digging a trench, you'll like a more narrow bucket.

I find that the number of teeth is the key. On the 260 backhoe, the 12" and 16" have the same number of teeth (3), so the digger's ability to dig is the same with either size.
The '2 teeth' on my 8" bucket will dig harder/tougher conditions than the 3 teeth/16".

I would recommend a two bucket approach...the smallest and largest supported by your backhoe.

Just my opinion.

Tim
How easy or difficult is it to change out the bucket?
 

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How easy or difficult is it to change out the bucket?
One of the site sponsors, BXpanded offers a BH QD for buckets and attachements, for the 260 & 270 BH. Makes it a 5 second job, without I’d say more like 5 minutes on and 5 off...
 

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One of the site sponsors, BXpanded offers a BH QD for buckets and attachements, for the 260 & 270 BH. Makes it a 5 second job, without I’d say more like 5 minutes on and 5 off...
Thanks for that info, I can handle a 5 minute job on occasion and if my patience dwindles then I'll look into the quick hitch. Are the buckets universal? In other words if I could find a Bobcat or Kubota bucket would they line up?
 

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Thanks for that info, I can handle a 5 minute job on occasion and if my patience dwindles then I'll look into the quick hitch. Are the buckets universal? In other words if I could find a Bobcat or Kubota bucket would they line up?
Short answer is no. Most really small equipment buckets and parts in general are specific fit to the brand and model machine or implement they are intended for.

That said, Deere doesn’t make these BH’s-there was a thread in here about the manufacture that does and supplies them to Deere. If you could pin their house brand down and compare it to Deere you may get lucky and have a lower cost supply option.

Your other choice would be to find one that is a close fit and fabricate what you need to make it fit.

For example BXpanded does not make a similar BH QD for my model 46 BH, but the concept, in theory, should be similar to the one they make for the 260/270. So I’m planning out and gathering parts to fab my own... I finally found some decently close pins for just a few $ vs the ~$50 each JD wanted.
 

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My 1025R digger thing has a 12" bucket and I'd like to have an 8" for trenching, and a BX ripper tooth for roots. My 2 cents.
 

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I have three buckets for my 2038R/207B. 8". 12" & 16". For trenching I use the 8" bucket, for digging I use both 12" & 16" buckets depending on what I am doing.....

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