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  1. #1
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    Default thumb length

    how long should a thumb for abackhoe be

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    Default Re: thumb length

    Just long enough to be useful. At least that's what my wife told me.
    Simon Acres Shetlands

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    Super Member Gary Fowler's Avatar
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    Default Re: thumb length

    I should extend just past the bucket teeth when installed. Mine is hydraulic and I wouldnt have it any other way. It is so much more useful when you can move it to clamp any size object. I can pick up everything from a fist sized rock to large tree and not have to move from my seat.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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    Default Re: thumb length

    Quote Originally Posted by garyturner View Post
    how long should a thumb for abackhoe be
    Based on other reviews here I purchased a fixed thumb from these folks .... Hound Dog Backhoe Thumbs. I have one of the weld on thumbs. The picture in the url link shows a well positioned thumb. The keys are the base position relative to bucket pivot point(so not to bind bucket when curled) and the length to match bucket tip(to grasp objects). My fixed thumb works well but as previous poster mentioned I would much prefer to go with hydraulic thumb. The folks at MIE now offer that for some of their thumbs......Gary

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