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Snow Bucket

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by ChevyHDkid45, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. ChevyHDkid45

    ChevyHDkid45 Member
    Messages: 71

    I have a bobcat 743 and i am looking at a 72 inch snow bucket for it. I am wondering if this is the right size for this piece of machinery or could i go bigger without having issues with power. Please let me know what you guys think and what you are using on your skids. It is a kubota diesel. Thanks!
     
  2. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    that should work just fine.....any bigger and that machine will have a hard time staying on all 4's with a load of heavy/wet snow, let alone dumping into a truck.
     
  3. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    I know a few guys that have 751 and 753 machines that run 80 inch snow buckets. They do pretty good! I have a 100 inch snow bucket! You will be fine and you will love it! If those guys can load trucks with those you will be in good shape.
     
  4. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    How does your machine compare to a S185? Bobcat makes an 88" snow bucket for the S185 (1850# work load). If your machine is similar in weight and HP you should be able to use one of these as well.
     
  5. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    743 is over 1000lb lighter and between 15 & 20 hp less than a 185....88 is to much for that machine IMO. I say this from running both, I have personally owned a couple 185's, and my father-in-law has a 743.
     
  6. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    This is good to know. I have a 753 with the standard 60" OEM bucket. I imagine these snow buckets weigh a subtancial amount even when empty. I think my safe lift capacity is 1300#.
     
  7. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    they are lighter than reg CI or LP buckets (thinner steel). A 72 snow bucket is probably close to the same weight as your standard 60 inch.
     
  8. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    What is CI or LP?

    I have seen various kinds of snow buckets. Do you prefer the kind that have screen or a way to see through the top of the bucket so you can see cutting edge? or do you use the type that look like a giant dirt bucket?
     
  9. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    CI = Construction/Industrial bucket ("usually" the standard bucket that comes with a machine)

    LP = Low Profile bucket

    Never used one with the mesh, just solid style like dirt bucket. Worked just fine.