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Bobcat x-change on cat 304ccr

Discussion in 'Compact Excavators' started by hvguy, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. hvguy

    hvguy Senior Member

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    I recently purchased a 2007 Caterpillar 304 CCR, unfortunately the bucket is cracked, I welded it up but it's going to need a new bucket sooner than later, and I would like to expand and buy a smaller bucket for trenches. My problem is that nobody in my area can get a bucket, I can only get them on eBay at best.

    There is a bobcat dealer right down the road that has buckets but they only fit the bobcat x-change system, does anybody know if there is a bobcat machine with 40 mm pins on the quick change adapter that attaches to the stick?
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  3. hvguy

    hvguy Senior Member

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    That's handy, but you can see the bucket has been welded on quite a few times. Especially around the pin sections.

    It's honestly a pile of junk. Just wanna buy a new quality unit.
     
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  5. hvguy

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    So it turns out I'm an idiot and my pins are 45.....

    Got that knowledge from another page somewhere. However on yours I see it says isj and osj. And there is no CCR model.

    What's isj?
     
  6. Tags

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    You're going to need more than pin size....pin spacing, front pin to back pin, and width to fit your stick. It would be easier to buy a new bucket. I've used these guys for buckets https://www.phoenixequipmentsales.com/ and also these guys too http://www.excavatorthumb.com/excavator-buckets.html. I've been real happy with both places. I always spec Esco style teeth on my buckets because I have yet to loose one or knock one off. A 24" bucket for that machine will probably be around $1100.00 or so opposed to buying a bobcat x change hitch AND a bucket, plus the time it would take to make it fit....
     
  7. hvguy

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    Finding this attachment from a salvaged machine is turning into a task lol. No luck yet
     
  8. pondo

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    Hello, I have the x attach and highly recommend fighting / spending $ to get it. I am not in love w actual bobcat machines, but I switch buckets/ attachments several times in hour.
    I just cringe remember hammering on pins to switch from bucket to auger....
    Now I carry two buckets w all the time. Small for tough digging and big smooth edge for bailing or back filling. I bounce back and forth between the so easily I gain lots production...

    Also if u need something special for project u can rent from your local dealer.
     
  9. f311fr1

    f311fr1 Senior Member

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    Fleeco has new buckets in stock. They sell direct.
     
  10. NepeanGC

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    I've got a hydraulic bobcat X-change coupler and 2 buckets sitting here... Would take some work to adapt it though I would think
     
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    I do understand that the bobcat Xchange is nice, but, I think you could buy a hydraulic pin grabber coupler and a bucket or two and still be ahead of the game due to the amount of fab work and plumbing/electrical you'd have to figure out to get the Xchange to work. I think Cat sells a manual pin grabber coupler for that machine too.....