Trencher teeth?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Bigred350, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Its time for a new trencher attacment for my boxer. The one I have now has a 50/50 combo of cupped and shark fin(scopion) teeth.

    I see where some have bullet teeth.

    Which are better??? shark or bullet


    The shark teeth that i have new have held up very well.
     
  2. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use mostly cupped with a few sharks sprinkled in. The bullets are a good bit more expensive if I remember correctly. I got a good price on teeth at Ditch witch out of ATL. They were $3 a piece if I remember right. I rebuild all my trenchers in the winter, so we are not up at 12am changing teeth in the summer!
     
  3. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
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    We are a little farther north than you, so we use full welded shark chains with additional H plates welded in for cups. Every shark chain or combo shark chain we have tried end up being a maintenance nightmare. It is not uncommon for us to have to haul off 3-6 yards of rock of a new install.
     
  4. drfrumpy

    drfrumpy LawnSite Member
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    Bullets are nice but very expensive, and for us, the length of life does not justify the cost. We use only DW cups.
     
  5. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    you need to buy your chains and teeth from ballentine inc.

    they manufacture chains and teeth for vermeer, toro and other big known co's possibly some for ditch witch. call them, they'll send you a catalog.

    i save about 40-50% going through them.

    http://www.ballantineinc.com/
     
  6. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I found i could get them cheaper through ditch witch. Maybe i need to check again. It was about $3 a tooth from ditch witch
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  7. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just called ballentine... wanted $4.17 for a standard dingo trencher tooth. Ditch Witch wanted $3.57 per tooth.
     
  8. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well i finally decided to just rebuild my trencher than buy a new one
    New one is $4000
    rebuild $1300- I got a whole new chain and teeth, front and rear sprocket, and the bar.

    as you can tell it was pretty wore out
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  9. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    ballentine charges me 3.80 a dingo tooth

    and buying from my local toro dingo dealer is exactly twice that amount per tooth plus
    tax of course.

    bigred, glad to see you used them!

    alot of the pricing difference could depend on who you deal with, everyones
    markup is different.
     

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