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Who makes a quality heavy duty 4 n 1 bucket...

Discussion in 'Compact Equipment Attachments' started by Tags, May 24, 2013.

  1. Tags

    Tags Senior Member

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    I'm looking into purchasing a new 4 n 1 bucket to run on a ctl and have been looking at the one made by FFC, it looks well built but I have never seen one in person. Any other suggestions from people with first hand experience?
     
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    No one owns a 4 n 1 skid steer bucket or has an opinion on one?? I'm also looking at a Virnig and a CAL4
     
  3. The Learner

    The Learner Well-Known Member

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    what brand is your ctl what size/model is it
    if it is a cat there oem 4in1 seems fairly strong as for anything else i don't think i can compare as Australia has a whole different brand range for attachments
     
  4. Steve Frazier

    Steve Frazier Founder Staff Member

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    I've got Cat 4 way that I've been happy with. I've had good success with Quick Attach attachments, but don't have experience with the 4 way bucket specifically. My bucket came new with my machine.
     
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    I have a ffc grapple rake that I like, seems built well I use in on a gehl ctl 70. I believe ffc is the oem maker for case 4n1's on the tlb's. Check the weight and go with the heavier one, its usually the better one.
     
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    I am currently demoing a Kubota SVL 90-2 and am also looking at a Takuchi TL 10. I currently have a CAT 287b with Catapillar 4 in1 bucket on it which has been good, but I have bowed the jaw a bit (my own wrongdoing) other than that its been fine for the 1700 hrs of use its had. The Kubota and Tak dealers want to sell me the Bradco 4 in 1 which seems like a fine bucket but it doesn't open as wide as the cat bucket and. I can find buckets online that have replaceable edges on be back of the sizer edge and the backside of the jaw as well. It seems like it that would add some strength to edge of the jaw and dozer sections of the bucket.
     
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    Got one made by Edge/ CE. Good bucket. Lot of abuse !:naughty
     
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    I looked at several aftermarkets ones and the hoses came out at the top. I have a root grapple with top hoses and am always having to watch them for pinching. I found a CAT which had the hoses out the side & would loop right up my lift arm. A large difference in handiness for me. I can't speak to differences in actual buckets.
     
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    i have an 80" midwestern attachments 4in1. very nice and heavy made.

    also check out construction attachment; they are building a 4in1 specifally for ctl's with a special hitch plate and overbuilt for the extra traction/horsepower.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I think I'm going to go with the Kubota bucket that is specifically made for the Kubota track machine but is made by Bradco for Kubota. I demoed the machine with it this week and it seems like a well built bucket, it is heavy in all the right places and seems to be more substantial than the Cat 4 n 1 I have now, only time will tell for sure....
     
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  11. TriHonu

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    I know I'm late to reply, I have a CA4 and Bobcat combination buckets. Both are decent units.

    I looked at the Virnig and they appear to be very well built. I also noticed that Virnig was the only combination bucket with a bolt in rear cutting edge. If you do a lot of dozing, it would be a very desirable feature.