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    Advertiser bradyky's Avatar
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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    We used the kubota factory kit that gives you the foot controls. It is an expensive set-up (over $1300) but is worth it.
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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    Quote Originally Posted by tractortad
    how did you route hydraulics to the thumb?
    Looks like the L48 has a Remote Valve Kit (BTB402A) that includes the right foot operated valve, hoses, pipes, and brackets (retails for ~$1714.00 ... but I like bradyky's price better).
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    Kubota L39 TLB:
    TL1715 Front Rem-Hyd, BTB404 Rear Rem-Hyd, L9553 Rem-Valves, L9554 TNT, K7770 QA Coupler for BH Bucket, K7874 18" Trenching Bucket, L9475 Drawbar, L9476 Tool Box, L8044 Rear Work Lights, 70000-00297 Block-Heater, Wheel-Weights, No FEL Bucket
    And, implements: 4N1 FEL Bucket, U25 H-Thumb, H-PHD, Front Blade, Rear Blade, Flail Mower, Spreader, Hopper, Pallet Forks, Chain-Hooks

  3. #13
    Elite Member CurlyDave's Avatar
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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    I have one of the Addington thumbs on my JD 110 and it works well.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    It was custom done, foot pedal control with factory precision installation. It digs like a mini exc. and having a wide thumb is excellent for loading dirt into trucks as the thumb completely (almost) covers the 24" bucket opening and is good for handling large rocks. My thumb piston is as big as the curl piston, very powerful. I think the currrent price is $3,600+/- installed. My KX121 thumb (piston is good size) is so small compared to my custom one, I am not sure why Kubota does not offer different widths and set ups.

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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    Aren't there a bunch of aftermarket thumbs for the little TLB's available?

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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    I am sure after market thumbs are a dime a dozen, but for commercial use, the small thumbs are night and day compared to spending the $ and doing it right. If I can find a picture of my thumb I will post but have problems posting pics before. If the internet ran on diesel and grease I could work it no problem. I couldn't do 1/2 the work I do without a powerful thumb, and without one......I don't know what I would do.

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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    Yes, they are VERY handy.

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    Gold Member coopers's Avatar
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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    HPF here in Washington is a company that makes good attachments. A lot of people seem to have these thumbs put on their mini excavator. They might do them for backhoes too. I would get a thumb from them for my mini, they have a couple different size options for mini excavators I believe, so I wouldn't be surprised if they could make one for a backhoe of any size.

    Highline Portafab - Excavator Thumbs & Rakes

    Blake

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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    Quote Originally Posted by coopers
    HPF here in Washington is a company that makes good attachments. A lot of people seem to have these thumbs put on their mini excavator. They might do them for backhoes too. I would get a thumb from them for my mini, they have a couple different size options for mini excavators I believe, so I wouldn't be surprised if they could make one for a backhoe of any size.

    Highline Portafab - Excavator Thumbs & Rakes

    Blake

    This is why I was suggesting that kubota excavators as a possible thumb option. I thought I'd read that it would work for the L48 (at least).
    WiTel
    Currently considering ...
    Kubota L39 TLB:
    TL1715 Front Rem-Hyd, BTB404 Rear Rem-Hyd, L9553 Rem-Valves, L9554 TNT, K7770 QA Coupler for BH Bucket, K7874 18" Trenching Bucket, L9475 Drawbar, L9476 Tool Box, L8044 Rear Work Lights, 70000-00297 Block-Heater, Wheel-Weights, No FEL Bucket
    And, implements: 4N1 FEL Bucket, U25 H-Thumb, H-PHD, Front Blade, Rear Blade, Flail Mower, Spreader, Hopper, Pallet Forks, Chain-Hooks

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    Default Re: Thumb for an L48 Backhoe?

    The one thing I do not like about the excavator thumbs is the swivel pin for the thumb, which is just a ball point basically and not the pin thru 2 holes on my L48 thumb. Make a difference with a wider thumb as opposed to the thin factory thumbs (except the new kx008 which is huge and has a decent sized thumb. It should be illegal to sell either hoes or excvators WITHOUT thumbs. Same with 2wd tractors. Hah!

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