Don't buy a second bucket, buy a bolt on tooth bar. It's handy to have for really touch soils, etc... but won't allow you to do a clean finish grade.I think I already know the answer to this, but do you guys find a toothed bucket on a skidsteer is easy to excavate with then the normal flat edged bucket? Debated if its worth the cost of buying another bucket.
I've never bent a tooth bar, but never dug much in frozen ground really.The difference between a toothed bucket and a smooth is day and night.
We use the toothed bucket for very hard, rocky soil. Or for dry clay soil. With teeth, you can dig to China with no problem, it just rips through the earth. (provided you don't have no sissy a$$ New Holland or Bobcat! LOL! LOL! LOL!)
We have a bucket with a toothbar. If you're working in frozen soil - you'll bend the toothbar up and break the teeth off. Toothbars do not do well with frozen ground.
A bucket with dedicated teeth will be much better than a tooth bar.
You can always have the teeth welded to a smooth bucket. Used buckets are hard to come across, as they usually get sold with the machine. BUt if you can find a used bucket in good shape, thats the way to go. From time to time I try to watch Craigslist for used buckets, usually with no luck.
We only bring what we need for the jobs. My saying is "travel light", dont carry anything that you dont need, thats just more crap that needs cleaned up from the side of the road if theres ever an accident.I've never bent a tooth bar, but never dug much in frozen ground really.
Do you keep your bucket on the trailer or only bring it when you think you will need it?
Yeah, I assume it's because the ground freezes so fast and deep here in Canada, we don't use them.I have seen our guys use the toothed bucket maybe once. We have large skid steers so they power through with a smooth bucket just fine. If the soil is frozen then we are probably plowing anyway so that's not a good reason. If you only use smaller machines then the teeth will help rip up the harder soils.
I would say not worth the purchase price, if its really needed you can probably just rent it for pennies.