Excavator bucket

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  1. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    Paging @jeepinmatt and anybody else that might know. Buying a mini ex and don't know much about them. Wanting to buy a smaller bucket to go with the big one it has and not sure what buckets will work. The bucket and thumb both have TEC on them but my Google Fu has let me down on finding the manufacturer. Here is a pic of the current set up.
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  2. bottomland4x4

    bottomland4x4 Well-Known Member

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    What brand is the machine? They are usually model specific. USA attachments in king nc is where I bought my thumb for my mini, excellent to deal with!
     
  3. Falko

    Falko Well-Known Member

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    Looks like maybe a kx080?

    I've never heard of TEC in my excavator dealings, but that coupler looks like a standard shape.
     
  4. 1tonchev

    1tonchev Well-Known Member

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    TEC is a Komatsu dealer in the Alabama and Georgia area. Sometimes dealer names are welded on. It may have a plate riveted on with the manufacture and all the bucket specs. If not you can order through a KUBOTA Dealer, sometimes they will have one in stock somewhere and get it right away. Werk Brau (WB) used to make Kubota buckets but now Kubota is doing it in house through Landpride I think. It might be easiest and cheapest to go to USA Attachments and get them to build you one. I purchased some mini buckets from them years ago and had good luck.I also have some Construction Attachments buckets for my mini made in Lenoir, NC and they are very heavy duty. Since you have a quick coupler, any bucket made for that machine size with the same coupler should work.
     
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  5. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    Kx161.
     
  6. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    Was hoping to buy used and didn't know how to tell what style coupler I have and/or what will work with it. There is also a lot of slop in the current coupler set up that I need to fix.
     
  7. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    Also the hose going to the thumb is leaking at what appears to be some kind of swivel hydraulic fitting. Any reason I can't just hook the hose straight to the hardline on the boom?
     
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  8. 1tonchev

    1tonchev Well-Known Member

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    Any bucket for a KX161 with a Kubota Quick coupler should work, not sure if the KX057 and U45 use the same coupler or not. Would have to measure to be sure. You can connect the hose to the hardline. They may have had a disconnect on there for another attachment.
     
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  9. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    You've already found people who know more than me :D

    @braxton357 knows Kubota excavators pretty well also.

    Looks like a fairly common style of snap in quick change, but thats all I got. And any quick change system is going to be sloppier than a pin on because of the added interface points or decreased pin contact area. Usually worth the trade off though. Mine has a TAG quick change and it gets the job done, but the slop bugs me.
     
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  10. braxton357

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    That's a good machine. Only the u45 and 161 share buckets but they shouldn't be hard to find. I use US attachments out of King NC for buckets and thumbs and they are great, call them on the phone they'll make you a good deal. When you're searching you probably already know but what you have is the quick attach, a "pin on" is standard old gotta beat the pins out style. You can always buy weld on 161 quick attach ears if you find a really good deal on some bucket and weld them on yourself but the geometry might not be perfect.
     
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  11. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    My buddy told me I could have the bucket that came on his new bobcat 32 but it has a tag system and wasn't sure if I would have to modify the bucket to fit mine.
     
  12. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    More info on that TAG bucket, we might could work something out ;)
     

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