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Have toothed bucket, Want toothless for final grading- Options?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Impact-Vector, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    I could sell the bucket and get a smooth with a bolt on tooth bar but its a good bucket, built like a tank and works. Only thing it doesnt have is a nice smooth edge for finish grading.

    This wouldnt be major except it sucks for scraping the material off driveways (leaves 2" bc of how high the shanks are) and finish grading.

    What are the options?
    I was thinking of buying a bolt on cutting edge and welding it to 3 of the teeth and then just swapping the teeth when I need the smooth edge.

    I had tried bolting a 2x4 thru a tooth but there is too much pressure and it snapped the lag bolts. next thought was maybe L channel and just push-

    Anyone have any tricks of the trade?
  2. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    why not look for a cheap smooth bucket?
  3. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    Mainly because I dont want to store/haul another bucket
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    What % of time do you need a straight bucket vs toothed? If its 50/50 you need to own both. Otherwise i would sell your toothed bucket to me and buy a smooth one with a tooth bar
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  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,199

    What equprtment ar you running? My mini excavator has a small dozer blade on it, and I also have a bucket wide with no teeth for cleaning ditches, and a 8" bucket for digging ditches.
  6. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    Probably 10%.

    Shipping would be crazy to shp it to you anyways
  7. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    Bobcat skidsteer. Already have a stump bucket, toothed bucket and stump bucket. Hard enough as it is ;(
  8. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    I think I would just rig a 1 or 2 bolt bolt on edge were I in your situation. I know of what I speak, 15 ASV RC30 attachments, and counting, LOL!
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Diy dave please create a thread on that machine,
    I'm entertaining getting one.

    I was joking about shipping but I've seen guys bolt smooth edges on toothed excavator buckets, maybe look for that for inspiration. Personally, i always use a smooth bucket and wanted a tooth bar. But i know I'm too lazy to switch back and forth and as soon as i put it on or off i would need the other. Thats why I'm holding out for a second bucket. Much easier to switch attachments
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    BLMSCPS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Ditch your toothed bucket and get yourself a 4 in 1 with teeth. You can cut into hard ground with the teeth and then open up the bucket just a little and backdrag with the smooth back part of the bottom of the bucket to fine grade. It'll take a little getting use to but you'll have the best of both worlds. In NC it's hard to find a skid steer or ctl without a 4 in 1.

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