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    Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Finished a shop for a friend and neighbor and needed to dig a couple trenches. He was going to buy a trenching bucket as we both have skid steers. They were close to a grand so I decided to build one. I cut all my pieces out of some large tapered beams he had in his pasture. Labor intensive but the price was right. I already had a back plate, pieces of cutting edges and tooth sockets. The only thing we needed to buy was teeth. We've already dug both his trenches and it has worked out great. Well worth the time and effort.
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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Works great.
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    Nice job.

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    bob; great re-purposing of used material. not too shabby in the welding dept either.
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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Awesome job - I dig it
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    Nice work, Bob.


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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    that looks great now you can make one of the kind that the bucket is the opposite direction like a backhoe bucket and back drag and pull out the dirt making a trench ;-)
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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Quote Originally Posted by searcyfarms View Post
    that looks great now you can make one of the kind that the bucket is the opposite direction like a backhoe bucket and back drag and pull out the dirt making a trench ;-)
    I'm thinking this is what I would do if I made one... that way you wouldn't have to drive over any areas that are already dug!!! around here some of the soil types just wouldn't do well driving over an already dug trench... even a shallow one.

    @Bob: Nice work on using what you had laying around Looks like it does what you need it to do which is the most important thing!!!

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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Pretty slick lookin!!

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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Pretty neat thing there.

    Around here, you might be able to use it on a construction site that's mostly backfill...….but on virgin ground, no way.....we have tight ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    Pretty neat thing there.

    Around here, you might be able to use it on a construction site that's mostly backfill...….but on virgin ground, no way.....we have tight ground.
    It'll work on virgin native soils just fine I seen guys using forklifts( with the forks) to dig trenches when it was the only tool they had other than a hand shovel and the ground was hard pan/ glacial til almost like cement treated!!!

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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    Pretty neat thing there.

    Around here, you might be able to use it on a construction site that's mostly backfill....but on virgin ground, no way.....we have tight ground.
    Yeah I was thinking the same thing.... the first new england "egg" would stop you in yer tracks.... nice for soft ground though...

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    It has actually worked well here where there is little to no dirt but all caliche and small limestone. All the power of the machine going down to 12" wide. There are videos on line of people digging trenches with them but it's always in diet. It's amazing how fast you can dig a trench with one. I'm moving soon and needed it for trenches to the new shop and house as well as planting new fruit trees.

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    its amazing how much dirt can be moved with a big skid steer and a toothed bucket, I have seen of that style bucket being used for digging out stumps, 12" or smaller it just pops them out. I borrow one of these when I have to dig ditches though
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    I'm intrigued at the different soils in this world. In some parts of the world a bulldozer is useless without a ripper. Where I live the average soil particle is 36" diameter. I have land 3 miles away where it's 3' to bedrock with sand above. A machine works well in Texas, would be useless in VT. If it works where you are I'm pleased. I have seen forks used this way with some success if no rocks.
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    Yeah, any rocks bigger than 4-6 inches makes things interesting... A buddy of mine has a dozen or so forklifts and he can do just about anything except cook dinner with them I gotta tell you though it gets tense when you see a fork bend about 90 degrees and spring back to normal when the rock let's go !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie B View Post
    I'm intrigued at the different soils in this world. In some parts of the world a bulldozer is useless without a ripper. Where I live the average soil particle is 36" diameter. I have land 3 miles away where it's 3' to bedrock with sand above. A machine works well in Texas, would be useless in VT. If it works where you are I'm pleased. I have seen forks used this way with some success if no rocks.
    When they dug the hole for my septic tank, the bottom of the hole looked just like the top of the ground, small limestone rocks tapering to all edges. They are worthless for any thing. Two miles down the road, guy digs for his septic tank and pure dirt 9' deep. You can't figure it out no matter what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idacal View Post
    its amazing how much dirt can be moved with a big skid steer and a toothed bucket, I have seen of that style bucket being used for digging out stumps, 12" or smaller it just pops them out. I borrow one of these when I have to dig ditches though

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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Yeah, but you can't haul that on a 16', double axle trailer either.

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    Re: Trenching bucket for skid steer

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie B View Post
    I'm intrigued at the different soils in this world. In some parts of the world a bulldozer is useless without a ripper. Where I live the average soil particle is 36" diameter. I have land 3 miles away where it's 3' to bedrock with sand above. A machine works well in Texas, would be useless in VT. If it works where you are I'm pleased. I have seen forks used this way with some success if no rocks.
    You don't even have to go that far; while a well driller was doing a well for me with a compact glacial till he told me 5 miles away he went through a slit/clay hard as a brick, 10 miles away he had to case 140' because of the deep sand. Variety is a spice of life.
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