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Well I couldn't decide on which bucket so I bought them all...the John Deere 8", plus the Xpanded trencher bucket...also added the quick hitch, grapple, root cutter. Ryan is great to work with, he's made my day and I may have made him a vacation.....I'll give more feedback when the weather clears up....
 

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I really, really want the root ripper to be great. Hopefully you can give a review as the ground thaws. I have a feeling this could save me some serious time on my 30+ stumps.
 

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What tractor do you have machineryman?
 
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I really, really want the root ripper to be great. Hopefully you can give a review as the ground thaws. I have a feeling this could save me some serious time on my 30+ stumps.
I can tell you from experience with the bxpanded ripper tooth, that it absolutely kicks ass. It makes digging stumps so, so much easier. I even used the ripper a month ago to dig up some ice in the way back yard that was blocking water from flowing causing a water backup. The ice was a foot thick in spots, and frozen solid to the ground, so it was very hard to get under. The ripper got the job done.
 

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I really, really want the root ripper to be great. Hopefully you can give a review as the ground thaws. I have a feeling this could save me some serious time on my 30+ stumps.
If you haven't read my thread about buying a Bobcat mini-excavator - I ordered a ripper for my new E42 and I noticed Bobcat lists a special purpose frozen ground ripper which is more pointed and curved and then the 'regular' ripper (the one I bought.)

From videos I've watched, a ripper is the implement to break roots - especially for smaller machines. I'm also planning on using the ripper for precision trenching (working around buried conduit, pipes, etc.) and for starting a trench. We have maybe 10-12" of soil and then limestone rock, so my plan is to rip the trench and then dig with the 12" trench bucket.
 

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I've got about 20 stumps and these tree guys him and haw and jerk one around...I think I can run a pluck those things out while they're trying to put together an estimate....hope to pick up a few coins from the neighbor...obvious around a stump not much before you dig...I don't think I'll go hydraulic on the thumb...I have the 260 with the spin seat which I have updated with the McMaster's stailess...I really like the seat....much, much, better than the new ones as you can easily operate the hoe from the seat...I don't think Deere took the ease of this in consideration in trying to make jack on the new units....if you have a sub compact you want it low and easssssy to use...this is the ideal....can't fault Deere by creating a new market...but think of things as simple to use....the stump cut is dangerously sharp and one needs to take precautions installing....I think Bryan really engineered a winner here...
 

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I grew up helping my Uncle who had the first backhoe in the county. I was a Massey Ferguson 135. One thing that modern day society is craving is excess safety and I think on the backhoes...even the compacts the roll bar is completely in the way. You have outriggers...and the cradle may actually entrap the operator...I spoke to a several dealers and they advise that customers aren't using seat belts...my Uncles unit was such that you could just bale....now having said they I'm sure JD and other corps want to protect their backside but on the hoe it can come back inside the work area...I'm not advocating the removal for other but I can see the problem....now if one is using as a tractor mowing and the like I see the possible need...but not on a hoe...this is only my observation and in no way advise to others....
 

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I can tell you from experience with the bxpanded ripper tooth, that it absolutely kicks ass. It makes digging stumps so, so much easier. I even used the ripper a month ago to dig up some ice in the way back yard that was blocking water from flowing causing a water backup. The ice was a foot thick in spots, and frozen solid to the ground, so it was very hard to get under. The ripper got the job done.
I can back you up on this. My son has one on his 1025R and it is a beast. :thumbup1gif:
 

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