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 03-06-2004, 13:17 Post: 79019
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I'm ordering a JD 47 backhoe and there are a wide array of bucket sizes. The standard bucket is a 9" but that seems kind of small to me. I was thinking of moving up to the 13" bucket but thought I'd check in here first.

What is a good general purpose bucket size for digging out douglas fir stumps, trenching, and digging footings for buildings in clay soil which is hard as a rock when dry?






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 03-06-2004, 13:34 Post: 79022
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then 9 inch is good for digging stumps butt keep in mind if you need to get your body into a trench you will need at least 12 inch.






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 03-06-2004, 13:52 Post: 79024
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Thanks for the response. To get MY body into a trench would take more than a 12" bucket Laughing out loud Actually, I don't see a need to get myself into a trench. This would be for electrical conduit and water pipes that could be assembled above ground and dropped in (I think). I could see where the 9" bucket might concentrate the force more when ripping out roots.






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 03-06-2004, 16:47 Post: 79058
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I have been using the 16" bucket that came on my JD970 with a Woods 7500 hoe. It takes to big of a bite when digging stumps. I would recommend the 12" bucket, it seems like it would be the right size for the most efficient work with tree stumps. The 16" is nice for moving the most dirt in the shortest amount of time.

Congratulations on your decision to get a hoe!






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 03-06-2004, 21:08 Post: 79075
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KEN, I can shoot you pics of both.... the 9 inch bucket only has two "teeth".

So far, the 13 inch is slightly better for ripping into hardpan.






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 03-06-2004, 21:19 Post: 79077
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Mark, thanks for the offer but I found pics of them online at a pdf file I downloaded from Stonehams. Do you own both buckets? I'm leaning toward the 13" since the 9" looks very small to me.






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 03-06-2004, 23:58 Post: 79088
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Yup. I have both. Thought the 9 inch might be a bit more effective with the hard-pan and the roots, the jury is still out on that one.






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 03-07-2004, 07:20 Post: 79098
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If you have sandy soil and trench to fair depths the difficulty is that material tends to fall off the walls. With a narrow bucket you can end up having to clean out trench bottoms so that lines etc. are deep enough or have the right slope to meet code.

I also have to climb into my trenches sometimes to do things like making conduit connections or hand digging through 'earth bridges' to connect trench sections. I find my 12" bucket digs trenches that are barely wide enough to climb into (got to keep in mind here that there are all sorts of safety issues when working in trenches).

The advantages of a narrow bucket are that they dig in hard ground when a hoe may not have power for a larger bucket. They also leave less spoilage if operation doesn't require a wider trench. However, the boom and swing speeds are the same as with bigger buckets so a smaller one takes longer to dig the same hole.






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 03-07-2004, 09:23 Post: 79111
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Thanks for the good information guys. After more consideration I guess I'll just go with the 9" for now and get a bigger one later if needed. A big part of my work is to dig out small 2-7" fir stumps, and the smaller bucket will do less damage to roots of surrounding trees.






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 03-07-2004, 10:05 Post: 79116
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A couple of thoughts:

My 46 BH came with a 13 inch bucket and my BX had a 12 incher. I think these sizes are just about right for general purpose digging. Both have 3 teeth and Kubota's smaller bucket, a 10 inch also has three teeth.

My second "green" bucket didn't come from Deere, but from it's maker, Ameriquip. It has two teeth and so far I think it is a bit less efficient at penetrating hard ground. And as noted the trench it produces is barely wide enough to get a shovel into.

Ken: I would recommend you get the 13 inch bucket. If you decide you are not happy with that size I will send you my 9 inch bucket for $300 postage paid.






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