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Old 09-16-2017, 06:57 AM   #1
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Hydraulic Thumb Options


Looking to put a hydraulic thumb on my 03 Cat 304 CR, can anyone tell me the best place to get one, it has the hydraulic lines but no hook up for the cylinder to attach. I'm sure I can get one from Cat, but probably an arm and a leg.
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Another option would be to attach a stationary thumb, no hydraulics involved.

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Another option would be to attach a stationary thumb, no hydraulics involved.
True, but I'm really needing the hydraulic version, any idea's ? I see some on Ebay, but don't really now what to look for, some are narrow, some are wide, etc. And they come in 1/2" - 3/4" thickness, of course the 3/4" if the first to catch my eye.
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Bought a thumb and bucket from a place called USA attachments. I thought they had a nice product for the price.
One thing to think about, the more weight you mount on the stick the less you can lift.
A hydraulic thumb isn't going to take as much abuse as a fixed thumb.
What's your most used bucket width?
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Bought a thumb and bucket from a place called USA attachments. I thought they had a nice product for the price.
One thing to think about, the more weight you mount on the stick the less you can lift.
A hydraulic thumb isn't going to take as much abuse as a fixed thumb.
What's your most used bucket width?

Thats a very good point. I use the 18" bucket the most, so what width is good ?
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I would say to make sure the teeth of the thumb line up just inside the outermost bucket teeth.
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I would also talk to the dealer and see if they have a used thumb. Some machines need a valve to be added as well
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I also see 2 style mounts, pin mount and weld on, any pros cons to either ?
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You'll need a relief valve on you aux hydraulic circuit also
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You need 2 way hydraulics to run a hydraulic thumb. We have a Geith hydraulic thumb on one excavator and I have Bodine mechanical thumbs on our other 2 excavators. The Bodine's are tough SOB's. We deal with some big boulders with no problems.

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