Just got my BX a few months ago and don't have the heart either, got any picks of your set-up?I made a pair of 'clamp on' hooks, though with version 2, I'm using a 3' length of electrical channel. Clamps slide on channel, channel slide into bucket, hooks slide to left/right edges of channel,tighten bolts..done.
I didn't have the heart to cut/drill/weld the bucket.....
Mine are similar to the BXexpanded ones in B737's picture, just a LOT cheaper. BX ones here, would cost north of 300 Canucks. If I'd bought new hooks and new steel , less than $40. As it was, I just used scrap laying around.Sad thing is you'd never know.....the pile never seems to go down.
Was going to go with Kens bolt on for my L4701 round back bucket but they wont have any for it until the end of June. Wonder who else sells comparable hooks.
Thanks!wait for Kens.
As I'm sure you can understand this has been one CRAZY A** year!Guess I am waiting on Kens.
Not sure what you mean by "solid", but they have just a single layer of steel where the hooks mount. There are MANY different Kubota buckets however as you can see from our website, none are double-walled.Are the Kubota buckets solid or double walled?
I also welded mine on. Used the 3/8 hooks, works great with 5/16 chain too. I welded 3 on, 2 outers right in line with the curl ram to avoid twisting of the bucket and welded one right in the center too.I always weld mine on. It's a lot easier and less expensive than bolt on. I put 3 across the top. The outside ones are to strap things in the bucket like barrols or to hook the extra chain up to keep it out of the way. Always put the lifting or pulling load in the center of your bucket to avoid damage from putting to much load on just 1 loader arm.
Nice looking welds! Did you not use the backer plate? I have a set of hooks and backers that have been sitting In my garage forever but my BXPanded have done just fine once I got them set up properly.I also welded mine on. Used the 3/8 hooks, works great with 5/16 chain too. I welded 3 on, 2 outers right in line with the curl ram to avoid twisting of the bucket and welded one right in the center too.
I had the same issue with my first set. It's of critical importance you get the correct hooks for the bucket you have, as Kubota has changed the shape of the bucket top multiple times. BXPanded replaced my fist set with a different set based on the lip of my bucket, they work like a charm. I'm guessing you had the same issue.I bought the bxpanded hooks and would not do it again. The spring lock does not hold them. My neighbors brought me one after the snow melted, it fell off. I used 3/8 bolts to lock in place after that. Pretty disappointing. When I got the 2032R John Deere I bought weld on hooks and burned the paint. The hell with this other crap, I will burn the paint, I know that they will be there when I need them.
Thanks for the compliments on my welds, I am a self taught fabricator too. And I see the ridicule one gets in here for poor welds on other post.Nice looking welds! Did you not use the backer plate? I have a set of hooks and backers that have been sitting In my garage forever but my BXPanded have done just fine once I got them set up properly.
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