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    Default BX BH Thumb worth it?

    Probably going to upgrade little orange (aka 1860) for bigger little orange (aka 25D).

    Question for you pro's is that mechanical thumb worth it or just a gimmick? I've always lived thumbs on backhoes but don't know if I'd just get frustrated with a mechanical thumb or if it would be useful.

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    I have one pn my 1026r and it is useful but I prefer a grapple on the loader because the hoe has a very low lifting weight capacity and range of motion. You can't load a trailer with it :-(

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    Default Re: BX BH Thumb worth it?

    I have a thumb on my b2920 and find it useful. It does take a bit of skill to master using it. My main uses have been moving rocks and wood. I used it to rebuild a stone wall with huge rocks. I also have used it to move and stack logs though its not super efficient...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sea2summit View Post
    Probably going to upgrade little orange (aka 1860) for bigger little orange (aka 25D).

    Question for you pro's is that mechanical thumb worth it or just a gimmick? I've always lived thumbs on backhoes but don't know if I'd just get frustrated with a mechanical thumb or if it would be useful.
    Well I'm not a pro but I find the thumb useful for picking up trees, stumps, and rock that you dig up.

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    Default Re: BX BH Thumb worth it?

    If you can afford it, upgrade to a hydraulic thumb. I have Bradco's fixed thumb on my Bradco 511 and it is easy to stow or deploy, but kinda heavy. I was going hydraulic, but have a loader grapple now, so the hyd. thumb is out on the Mahindra. Either way, a thumb has uses where a loader can't reach. Like the bottom of my gully.
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    Default Re: BX BH Thumb worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by bindian View Post
    If you can afford it, upgrade to a hydraulic thumb. I have Bradco's fixed thumb on my Bradco 511 and it is easy to stow or deploy, but kinda heavy. I was going hydraulic, but have a loader grapple now, so the hyd. thumb is out on the Mahindra. Either way, a thumb has uses where a loader can't reach. Like the bottom of my gully.
    hugs, Brandi
    Love hydrolic thumbs....have to look at some kits.

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    Default Re: BX BH Thumb worth it?

    I like and use my mechanical thumb. I could live without it but it came with the machine so it's there for lifting stumps and rocks.

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    Default Re: BX BH Thumb worth it?

    Well I'm no pro so maybe I shouldn't even be posting this

    I got the mechanical thumb on our BX25D and love it. Yes I'll be converting it to a hydraulic thumb this coming winter when the tractor gets put away for its long winters nap but the thumb is a very useful item to have. Hard grabbing a stump and moving it without it.








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    I have a mechanical thumb on my BH90x and find it cumbersome so don't use it much. I'd use it much more I'd it were hydraulic. If I were doing it over I'd just get the hydraulic if budget allowed or use a FEL grapple. The one instance where a mechanical thumb would be worthwhile IMO is for building a stone wall.

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    Default Re: BX BH Thumb worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4shorts View Post
    [COLOR="#0000CD"]Well I'm no pro so maybe I shouldn't even be posting this

    I got the mechanical thumb on our BX25D and love it. Yes I'll be converting it to a hydraulic thumb this coming winter when the tractor gets put away for its long winters nap but the thumb is a very useful item to have. Hard grabbing a stump and moving it without it.
    Don't you already have a 50+ page thread of your own that made me decide I had upgrade When you done with any of your "gen one" add on's I think I have some space for them so they aren't in the way of gen two stuff

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