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I've searched but haven't found a specific reference to how well a CUT loader can dig in soil with a tooth bar installed?

I am waiting for delivery of a new JD 2320, 200CX loader, and 647 tiller. I've ordered a set of Paynes Forks, and am evaluating what I want next (middle buster / subsoiler, box blade, toothbar etc.).

I'd like to hear (or see pictures) of what kind of digging you can do with the loader?

Great site, btw. I've learned lots already...
 

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Toothbars are more efficient at penetrating denser materials (like sod) than a straightedge FEL cutting bar. I believe it is a function of force applied to a smaller area (ie teeth) at the point of contact. I did not believe the difference until I attached a toothbar over my cutting edge. If you want to move dense material I would recommend a toothbar. The only thing I do not like about my bolt on/over toothbar is that it obstructs the bottom of the bucket so I can not "clean dump" without bouncing the bucket.
 

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200CX loader with 49" bucket?

I can slice into sod with my h120 loader with 53" bucket just fine. I suspect yours will work fine as well. These new buckets have an awfully sharp cutting edge.
 

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Toothbar is the best investment you can make for your bucket. slkpk
 

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Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'll need one. Working with Gator Attachments now to get one made up.
 

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Toothbar is the best investment you can make for your bucket. slkpk
:ditto::ditto: No truer words typed.:fing32:
 

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I have an older Gator toothbar, my dad bought it for his BX but it was too heavy! Does good on a CUT like my B2620 or the JD 2320. Though, just be warned, you won't want to take it off and on too much, it wighs almost 70lbs for a 48"!

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Brad does bring up a great point- front end weight. Toothbars are pretty heavy, that puts a lot more weight waay out front as it relates to tractor balance.

I take mine off and on as needed. I agree about having to wrestle that bar back on to the bucket. I place mine on cinder blocks on level ground when off the bucket. It really helps with the on and off procedure.
 

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Toothbar all the way. :)


 

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I'm not saying a tooth bar won't make a difference because it probably will.
But over the last 7 or 8 yrs not having a tooth bar I have dug into sod covered soil and removed over 200 full buckets of dirt on one site. Yes there were times I wished I had a tooth bar . Cut through tree roots 3-4" in size ,yes backed up and would take another try to get a full bucket but was very impressed on how I could dig without tilling ,or having a tooth bar. Probably took a 3rd more time to do what I wanted to do but hay just had some more seat time......
Have thought about building one if I come across some teeth like Kbeitz was saying
 

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I got this tooth bar at a CAT dealer brand new on their "surplus" pile.



It was too wide, I cut it in the middle and welded it to the correct width.

They didn't know what it fit.

2 bolts and it can come out, but, it NEVER has!!
 

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I've probably excavated over 200 yards with my GT FELs over the years, without the aid of a tooth bar. A few times I really wished that I had one, but I managed. It just took a little longer.
 

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I have found my tooth bar to also be a big help clearing out brush and wind-fall. I can flip the bucket down and back drag and clear out nearly to bare dirt in one pass without digging up much of the dirt itself. Mine is from WRLong, 48" with 6 teeth and weighs about 50 lbs. I bought the standard model rather than the flat tooth bar, and it attaches easily with two large bolts. Not only do the teeth enable you to get under the roots of brush and small stumps but it also reinforces the cutting edge, protecting it from bending while prying said roots up out of the ground. I also found it was MUCH easier cutting into the old rain-compacted piles of dirt I have sitting around.
 
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