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    Default Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    Here I go again showing my lack of smarts, but can anyone explain to me the differences I am seeing in the lower rectangular mounting holes on various quick attach buckets and other such FEL attachments? I am seeing quick attach buckets with one small lower mounting hole on each side, two holes on each side (one small and one medium size), and some heavier buckets with two larger holes (one medium size and one very big). I am also seeing buckets with just one small hole on each side but in a different position that my loader mount accommodates. Mama Mia!

    I always thought FEL "quick attach" was "quick attach"! Obviously I was wrong. I must assume from the size of the holes vs. attachment weight that this has something to do with different weight or strength ratings. Can anyone direct me to a website or document that explains the different lower mounting hole configurations that I am seeing on quick attach buckets and what they mean???

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    Default Re: Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    The only "universal" quick attach is the skid steer type (bobcat)

    Others have "proprietary" quick attaches that are pin mounts - Deere, kubota, ATI etc.

    The only major downside to the skid steer quick attach is the weight which shouldn't be a problem for your machine. The minor downside is the cost (a couple hundred more $)

    Here's a pic that show's RonJHall's pin type

    Kubota quick coupler

    And here is the skid steer type courtesy of islandtractor

    skid steer qa
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    PS - how do you get to claim "dumb" if you retired at 56 as a mechanical engineer (from a working stiff ME)... You must have done something right.
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    Default Re: Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    Hi Stephen - Thanks for the reply but I'm not talking about the differences between universal quick attach and various tractor manufacturer proprietary mounts... I'm talking about differences I am seeing within the universal quick attach realm. Later I will post some pix of what I am talking about... significant differences in the lower mounting holes on supposedly universal quick attach buckets.

    On your other point... my "early retirement" from my 33-year career in mechanical engineering was not by choice. I was laid off last year due to a lack of work in my industry and, in particular, my specialty area... along with a healthy dose of "new management" and company politics thrown in. It was not a joyous event by any means... and believe me, I am struggling.

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    Default Re: Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dougster
    Hi Stephen - Thanks for the reply but I'm not talking about the differences between universal quick attach and various tractor manufacturer proprietary mounts... I'm talking about differences I am seeing within the universal quick attach realm. Later I will post some pix of what I am talking about... significant differences in the lower mounting holes on supposedly universal quick attach buckets.

    Dougster
    Hmmm, you've got me stumped there. I'm looking forward to the pix.

    Sorry about your "forced" early retirement. I just checked my company's website - seems we have some openings - send me a PM if you're interested.
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    Default Re: Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    I am also very confused on this whole subject....I recently purchased a kubota 3240 with the "quick connect" or "skid steer" type connector on the FEL. Now I want to buy some pallet forks but dont have a clue where to start my Kubota dealer wants 800 for a set, but I see them all over ebay and the internet for alot less, but Im scared they wont fit when i get them because alot of pictures arent that detailed. I dont want to sound stupid on this topic but everyone here has been so helpful to me on decisions with the whole tractor buying process. I have learned alot here from everyone.

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    Default Re: Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by hazmat
    Hmmm, you've got me stumped there. I'm looking forward to the pix. Sorry about your "forced" early retirement. I just checked my company's website - seems we have some openings - send me a PM if you're interested.
    I'll have to gather up the pix and figure out the best way to post them. I'm sure there is a simple answer. I just don't happen to know it.

    I'll also take the job thing off-line so as not to get too far off-topic.

    Dougster

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    Default Re: Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    The reason there are so many lower mounting holes is accomadate different sizes of skid steers. My 1835 case uses the narrow lower holes.Most Bobcat style use the wider set.Hope this helps. Mike
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    Default Re: Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olmike
    The reason there are so many lower mounting holes is accomadate different sizes of skid steers. My 1835 case uses the narrow lower holes.Most Bobcat style use the wider set.Hope this helps. Mike
    So the bottom line is that "universal" is not really so "universal"! You've still got to know the pin scheme, position and spacing of your loader to know if a given "universal quick attach" bucket will really work... yes?

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    Default Re: Differences in Quick Attach Bucket Mounts?

    Here is one example...



    Note the lower pin hole sizes and layout.

    Here is another example with different size holes...



    Yet another...



    Note only two single small pin holes.

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