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  1. #121
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    Quote Originally Posted by cschulz

    Its always good to have attachments. The more you have the easier each job will be. Check the QA and grapple systems from My Tractor Tools. Very stout pieces!!!!
    Good pics! I'm looking forward to seeing that rock grapple on my BX!
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    2011 Kubota BX25 TLB w/R4s; 3PH; 54" MMM; Grass Catcher; 60" snow blade; Bro-Tek Thumb, Skid plate & Ripper Tooth; MowerAxle stand; BXpanded FEL bucket expander, BH & FEL dolly; Ratchet Rake; ETA Post Hole Digger

  2. #122
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    Default Bro-Tek Attachments advices?

    I placed an order for kubota BX25 and Front-end Snow Blower yesterday and am now considering purchasing several Bro-Tek attachments. Your advice on the following and anything else you can think of will be appreciated!

    (1) Wheel Spacers (Are they helpful on a hillside?)
    (2) Steering Guard & Tool Box (How necessary are these?)
    (3) Rear Skid Plate (I read that Rear is a Must even though BX25 comes with one.)
    (4) Front Skid Plate (Should have? Would this make it cumbersome when I (dis-)mount front Snow Blower?)
    (5) Ripper Tooth (Our ground is rocky. Will this help a lot?)
    (6) Trencher/Plow (How useful is it in rocky ground?)
    (7) Thumb (I read good comments.)

  3. #123
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    Default Re: Bro-Tek Attachments advices?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan kubota View Post
    I placed an order for Kubota BX25 and Front-end Snow Blower yesterday and am now considering purchasing several Bro-Tek attachments. Your advice on the following and anything else you can think of will be appreciated!

    (1) Wheel Spacers (Are they helpful on a hillside?)
    (2) Steering Guard & Tool Box (How necessary are these?)
    (3) Rear Skid Plate (I read that Rear is a Must even though BX25 comes with one.)
    (4) Front Skid Plate (Should have? Would this make it cumbersome when I (dis-)mount front Snow Blower?)
    (5) Ripper Tooth (Our ground is rocky. Will this help a lot?)
    (6) Trencher/Plow (How useful is it in rocky ground?)
    (7) Thumb (I read good comments.)
    Your going to LOVE the BX25...

    Wheel Spacers ARE on on my list to get for hillsides.

    I will be making my own steering guard, everything I have seen is NOT enough.

    The tool box, ummmm, jury is still out, I think I can do better.

    BXpanded has a NICE "Full" skid pan! If your in the sticks it IS Necessary.

    The ripper tooths I have seen are ok if you just want to "rip" . I will
    be making a one up on them soon, plans are done.

    Trencher / plow? Be more specific please.

    A BH thumb IS necessarya nd after all my research I went w/ an EMP model.

    Call THIS guy, tell him I sent you, pick his brain, look at his wares.
    Regards,

    Artisan

    Kubota 2012 BX25 (23H.P. / 17.7pto)
    14' Dump / Carson 12K Tow Trailer w/ movable Winch,
    Canopy, Tunes, Stabilizer Soft Pads, 10"-12"BH Buckets, FEL Grapple, Fasse Valved & Switched,
    Fire Extinguisher, ChainSaw Mount, Protective Surround / Enclosure in the works.

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  4. #124
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    Default Skid Plate: Bro-Tek or EXpanded

    Quote Originally Posted by Artisan View Post
    BXpanded has a NICE "Full" skid pan! If your in the sticks it IS Necessary.
    Thanks Artisan for your comments. Do you know if I need to remove the skid plate (either BroTek or Bxpanded) to (un-)mount the front-end snowplowed?

    Have you looked at actual BroTek items and felt that they are not sturdy enough? Thanks for your input!

  5. #125
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan kubota

    Thanks Artisan for your comments. Do you know if I need to remove the skid plate (either BroTek or Bxpanded) to (un-)mount the front-end snowplowed?

    Have you looked at actual BroTek items and felt that they are not sturdy enough? Thanks for your input!
    I have the Bro-tek skid plate, and its definitely sturdy. I only have the rear one, so I cant say if the other plate would interfere with a snowblower. The Bxpanded plate looks nice, and I would definitely consider it if I did not already have the Bro-tek version.

    I also have the Bro-tek ripper and the thumb. The ripper is very nice, and I use it often, and recommend it to anyone who is looking to add a ripper tooth to their backhoe. I've only used the thumb once, and it worked fine, but I wish I could try a side by side comparison with the other thumbs out there.
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  6. #126
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    Default Re: BX25 Goodies

    Thank you CORamos for your input! Would you mind expanding more on the ripper?

    Quote Originally Posted by CORamos View Post
    I have the Bro-tek skid plate, and its definitely sturdy. I only have the rear one, so I cant say if the other plate would interfere with a snowblower. The Bxpanded plate looks nice, and I would definitely consider it if I did not already have the Bro-tek version.
    I just now received replies from both Bro-Tek and BXPanded as below:
    Bro-Tek: Front skid can stays on with the Front blower.
    BXPanded: The Under Armor must be removed when using the middle PTO. It takes about 30 seconds and no tools to remove or to re-install.

    Since I do not have to remove it to use with a snow blower, the Bro-Tek plate will give me more protection. I'd be interested in hearing more comments from Bro-Tek and BXPanded skid plate users.

    Quote Originally Posted by CORamos View Post
    I also have the Bro-tek ripper and the thumb. The ripper is very nice, and I use it often, and recommend it to anyone who is looking to add a ripper tooth to their backhoe. I've only used the thumb once, and it worked fine, but I wish I could try a side by side comparison with the other thumbs out there.
    What do you use the ripper for? I'd be interested in knowing its uses and advantages.

    Thanks!

  7. #127
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    Default Re: BX25 Goodies

    Alaskan kubota, on the skid plates also ask what type metal and thickness. One may be much weaker than the other. And look at attachment points. If your tractor lands on something hard you want to be sure the plate wont rip off. I would place these concerns over a few minutes to remove for blower shaft.

    Chris

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  8. #128
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    Default BXpanded Skid Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan kubota View Post
    BXPanded: The Under Armor must be removed when using the middle PTO. It takes about 30 seconds and no tools to remove or to re-install.
    Hi Chris, Thanks for your thoughts.

    My understanding is that BXpanded's Skid Plate can NOT be used while using the front-end snow blower (or mid PTO). It's not the 30 seconds for its removal that I'm concerned about but the no protection at all while using the snow blower. As for the metal, their website says: "It's manufactured from 1/8 inch thick steel and finished with a tough Hammered Finish silver." As for Bro-Tek', I will have to check with them.

    Thank you for the pointers!

  9. #129
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    Default Re: Skid Plate: Bro-Tek or EXpanded

    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan kubota View Post
    Thanks Artisan for your comments. Do you know if I need to remove the skid plate (either BroTek or Bxpanded) to (un-)mount the front-end snowplowed?

    Have you looked at actual BroTek items and felt that they are not sturdy enough? Thanks for your input!


    With a Snow Blower you can not use a full aftermarket skid. Additionally
    after you mount up the front SB set up I think your ground clearance
    goes down to 3" or so...

    Ummm, don't think I said anything is not sturdy enough. If were talking
    about the front steering guard, yes, that steering rack needs a LOT more
    than anything, any mfg is currently providing. I will make my own.

    There is a member, LeeJohn I think it is, in the BX25 Full Cage Rollbar
    thread who built a nice VERY heavy duty full skid. THAT is what I will
    be looking into but I have other concerns, that is the MMM pto that
    I do not want abandoned.
    Regards,

    Artisan

    Kubota 2012 BX25 (23H.P. / 17.7pto)
    14' Dump / Carson 12K Tow Trailer w/ movable Winch,
    Canopy, Tunes, Stabilizer Soft Pads, 10"-12"BH Buckets, FEL Grapple, Fasse Valved & Switched,
    Fire Extinguisher, ChainSaw Mount, Protective Surround / Enclosure in the works.

    Stayin' Alive (This click could save a life...)

  10. #130
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artisan
    Paint it green and it well sell for green is what I see...

    Orange is not far behind, if not overtaking...IMO
    Kubotas are nice but I grew up with a john deere pedal tractor and my neighbor always had deere equipment so I didn't have much of a choice :-)

    I like both.

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