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 04-13-2001, 21:20 Post: 26683
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 Which size loader bucket for which job?

My new used JD 755 came with a 60" bucket.I see they were sold with 48", 54", or 60".I have used different loaders before without giving a thought to what size bucket would have been better. Guess that proves I need your knowledge. Wink yeah right What are the pros and cons of the various bucket size options? Thanks,....Don M






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 04-13-2001, 23:37 Post: 26686
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 Which size loader bucket for which job?

Pros and cons: A smaller bucket has less busting soil to do, so it might be able to dig a little better (same tractor HP, less to dig). A smaller bucket would make it less likely to max out capacity when moving very heavy material like sand and gravel. Of course, for lighter material, the larger bucket is more productive.






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 04-16-2001, 13:41 Post: 26762
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 Which size loader bucket for which job?

In some specialized applications a narrower than normal bucket is required. Generally you want the bucket (and most implements) to be just a little wider than the wheel track of the machine. However, when you are working in close quarters such as orchard work, or indoors mucking stables a foot or two of bucket (or anything else) can make the difference of doing the task with a tractor or by hand. Need I say more? Best of luck.






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 04-16-2001, 17:35 Post: 26779
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What I should have asked is what do I have to avoid doing with the 60" light materials bucket that would still be okay with the 48" or 54"? Thanks,
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 04-16-2001, 21:01 Post: 26789
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 Which size loader bucket for which job?

Don, maybe someone else knows better, but in my opinion the only thing you have to avoid with the wider bucket is getting too heavy a load off centered. For instance, if you have chain hooks on the ends of the bucket and you try to pick up something with just one side, or you get too heavy a load of rock, all to one end of the bucket. Just a little common sense avoids that, but naturally, the wider the bucket is the easier you could turn the tractor over by improperly handling a heavy load. I agree with Murf, wider is better, unless there's a specific need for a narrow bucket.






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 04-17-2001, 06:44 Post: 26801
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Thanks for the replies. OK, I was worried that the wide bucket would not be up to using it for digging-type operations, among other things. I know it's not a D9 Cat but I'm sure there will be times I want to (carefully) dig/scrape and I didn't want to mangle the bucket.
I am still not sure if the JD 755 60" bucket is built substantially weaker than the 48 & 54 are. It does not look super-stout to me. Does anyone know?

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 04-17-2001, 09:07 Post: 26808
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 Which size loader bucket for which job?

Don, the best of both worlds is a smaller heavy-duty bucket and a larger light-duty bucket. The larger bucket is better for snow, mulch, manure, and lightweight materials in general. The heavy-duty bucket is for heavier materials as well as rocks, digging, roots, etc. I have a removable toothbar on my 60" heavy-duty bucket and with the power of a 35hp tractor behind it, I'm convinced I would have bent or racked a lighter-duty bucket by now. In either case it is nice to have the bucket width cover the width of the tires - at least the front tires if possible. If you are looking at another bucket, I would strongly recommend a heavier-duty bucket for the digging operations. On the JD 420/430/460 loaders the heavier buckets are reinforced on the front vertical cutting edges as well as along the entire top plate of the bucket, maybe on the bottom as well. If you want to see how the bucket gets damaged go to a rental place with some older equipment and check out the buckets. I can't even figure out how some of the buckets get abused the way they do.






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