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post #16 of 41 Old 05-18-2019, 06:53 PM
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I highly recommend a BXpanded toolbox and Barracuda thumb for the backhoe (factory thumb isn't great by comparison). Box is invaluable for keeping the various pins and clips, gloves and a couple crescent wrenches in tow at all times. The thumb is outstanding grasping large chunks of wood or for pulled things out of holes while excavating. I've got 255hrs on my GC1710 and have nothing but love and praise for it. Glad your enjoying it's benefits so early on!

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wnyguy - do you leave your thumb connected all the time? Does it ever get in the way while digging? That toolbox looks really great! Definitely gonna snag one of those - I have to put my roll bar up and down when I go in and out of the garage.

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There are a bunch of home grown ways to mount that type of box for a few dollars, no reason to pay premium prices for a fancy bracket.

HF has a style of those boxes that's a little bigger and has a separate top compartment and they're generally around $6 on coupons. A couple of big square U bolts and a bracket or two for the bottom is all you need.
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wnyguy - do you leave your thumb connected all the time? Does it ever get in the way while digging? That toolbox looks really great! Definitely gonna snag one of those - I have to put my roll bar up and down when I go in and out of the garage.
Yes, I leave the thumb on at all times. It folds back flush against the beam out of the way so that you can use the backhoe like normal. I'll snap a picture later to illustrate

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wnyguy - I have to put my roll bar up and down when I go in and out of the garage.
I have the same problem so I designed something that would hold the ROPS at an angle where I wouldn't have to worry about it. In this position, I can even use the backhoe without issue. It also utilizes the original pins for the ROPS so it's quite solid. I have a drawing done if you wish to have one made. My nephew made mine for me. Instead of welding three pieces together as the drawing shows, he just machined it all. Works very well. Not sure why it turned 90 degrees when it posted but I think you get the idea.
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I have the same problem so I designed something that would hold the ROPS at an angle where I wouldn't have to worry about it. In this position, I can even use the backhoe without issue. It also utilizes the original pins for the ROPS so it's quite solid. I have a drawing done if you wish to have one made. My nephew made mine for me. Instead of welding three pieces together as the drawing shows, he just machined it all. Works very well. Not sure why it turned 90 degrees when it posted but I think you get the idea.
That's pretty smooth. I'm actually working on using 1" square tube with multiple holes drilled and reusing the rops pins for the roll bar. Goal is to be able to put it all the way up to all the way down with many stops in between depending on what I'm doing.. mowing vs backhoe vs tiller use vs box blade etc

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Here's those pics of the thumb I promised

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Here's those pics of the thumb I promised

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That thumb is nice. Been wanting one since I got my machine but I'm wondering if I would have enough use for it to justify the purchase. Do you get much use out of yours? The main reason I actually want one is for firewood. I figure I could hold a log in the air and not have to bend over so much to cut the lengths. I don't know how big of a log it would actually hold though.

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That thumb is nice. Been wanting one since I got my machine but I'm wondering if I would have enough use for it to justify the purchase. Do you get much use out of yours? The main reason I actually want one is for firewood. I figure I could hold a log in the air and not have to bend over so much to cut the lengths. I don't know how big of a log it would actually hold though.
It's most useful for cleaning up brush piles while clearing land (rather than hand picking it up), picking up large wood chunks to saw down like you're asking for and lifting stumps or larger rocks out of holes when excavating. I haven't used mine a don't but I love it. I first used a thumb on a bobcat trackhoe i had rented a few years ago and learned how valuable a tool it was

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I have the same problem so I designed something that would hold the ROPS at an angle where I wouldn't have to worry about it. In this position, I can even use the backhoe without issue. It also utilizes the original pins for the ROPS so it's quite solid. I have a drawing done if you wish to have one made. My nephew made mine for me. Instead of welding three pieces together as the drawing shows, he just machined it all. Works very well. Not sure why it turned 90 degrees when it posted but I think you get the idea.

That's sweet! Let me know when your nephew starts selling those!

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That's sweet! Let me know when your nephew starts selling those!
If you know someone who can either machine it or weld one up, I'll send you the drawing so you can get one done.

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Been putting hours and hours on the machine. Very useful for getting firewood out of the property up to the barn. I have a 16ft tall barn at the door so I have none of the issues with the ROPS. I like this machine so much I am considering trading in the 8N for the 1739E or 1740M. Just to handle jobs like brush hogging and sickle bar mowing.

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Here's some GC1710 tractor porn for you. Plucked this 6' barely living white pine out of the ground with the BXpanded thumb and CB65 backhoe

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If you know someone who can either machine it or weld one up, I'll send you the drawing so you can get one done.
I've had one request for the sketch to make these little stay bars but I see that I cannot send the sketch via private message as it won't allow attachments. I've tried attaching the pdf in this post. If that doesn't work, please PM me your email address and I'll send you one.
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I've had one request for the sketch to make these little stay bars but I see that I cannot send the sketch via private message as it won't allow attachments. I've tried attaching the pdf in this post. If that doesn't work, please PM me your email address and I'll send you one.
Very interesting concept. How's the rattle from the vibration of that particular setup. One thing that drives me insane about the foldable ROPS with the cat 1 pins is they rattle like crazy.

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