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    Best tooth bar for clearing land with a 1025R

    I initially posted this question on TBN but figured since I have joined the rest of you greene blooded operators, I should really be asking here.

    I just purchased a '15 JD 1025R TLB and am trying to determine which tooth bar I should purchase given my application. I have probably 1.5 acres of overgrown / not maintained woods. At one point it had all been clear cut and wasn't properly thinned as it grew back up. To make matters worse at some point someone introduced an extremely invasive bamboo species. All this said.. I need something to help me clear out lots of bamboo, virginia creeper, and pines varying in size. I have no issues cutting the pines out via chainsaw (I don't expect full sized tractor performance out of a SCUT).

    The two bars I am currently considering are:
    North American Implements - Tooth Bar - NAI
    Bxpanded - BXpanded Piranha Tooth Bar

    It seems like Bxpanded's bar may do better at cutting bamboo; but NAI's seems like it'd do better at pulling/racking vining plant life. I have yet to request a quote from NAI but if anyone has any idea what we'd be looking at there I'd be interested to know. Also if anyone has had positive experience with another manufacturer please feel free to throw their name in the hat as well.

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    This is what I'm going to be getting, BXpanded Piranha Tooth Bar. I too have a lot of weeds and vines and berries. I also have a lot of rocks and need to do some digging, all of which most say this is the way to go. Plus it does a great job at back dragging. There is one other one out there that I can't think of the name right now but it straps to the bucket and also has teeth on the bottom to grab vines and such. This would be great except for the back dragging part. I wouldn't be able to make a smooth and level area if I wanted too. Hope this helps.
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    I'm somewhat afraid of cracking a tooth or the whole bar with Bxpanded's bar. I like the way NAI's seems to have separate teeth that should be able to be individually replaced. Though I'm not sure that my fear is well founded...
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    Just my opinion but I think the NAI style are better for digging in rocky soil and the Piranha for things like clearing plants/trees.

    The strap style that Levi mentions is, I think, the ratchet rake which I sort of view as a "Piranha lite"
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    I really think you would break something else on the tractor before breaking the BXpanded tooth bar. I haven't seen my tractor in two weeks, but I believe the bar is laser cut out of a single piece of 1/2" thick steel. Please take a look at this thread if you have any doubts: http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...53-bucket.html

    Good luck on your decision!

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    This is the company I will likely be buying a tooth bar from. Bucket Toothbars

    They say "lifetime toolbar", but I was unable to find out what that really means. They also say replaceable tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jklaus View Post
    I'm somewhat afraid of cracking a tooth or the whole bar with Bxpanded's bar. I like the way NAI's seems to have separate teeth that should be able to be individually replaced. Though I'm not sure that my fear is well founded...
    What Tonton said! My Piranah is one "honkin' piece of tough steel" and I don't believe a 10XX machine could break/bend it. I think one could herniate the FEL or bucket before that bar gets damaged. My only experience so far is with rocks and a few bushes, but working the rocks was enough to convince me I made a good choice for what I do with it.
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    I LOVE my piranha toothbar. I don't think you'd break it with a 1 series tractor.

    I've cleared a TON of overgrown land, including taking out some 2-3" diameter trees (push them over with the tractor, put the bar under the tree and pry them out....works like a charm.) It does a fantastic job.

    I don't think you'd be disappointed with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Just my opinion but I think the NAI style are better for digging in rocky soil and the Piranha for things like clearing plants/trees.

    The strap style that Levi mentions is, I think, the ratchet rake which I sort of view as a "Piranha lite"
    Yep, that's the one I was thinking of.
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    Alright gentlemen.. you have convinced me to go with the PTB. Since I have yet to receive, or even view (they're getting it from a partner dealer today - delivering tomorrow), my tractor what are the odds that it'd have anything other than the 48/49 (48.5") bucket? I assume its a certainty that it'll have the standard bucket but has anyone on here seen any TLB/FILB setups come with a non-standard bucket? The print out they gave me doesn't spec specific portions of the TLB package - just TLB + 60" auto connect deck. I'm not sure what the shipping time frame is like but it'd be great if I could have it Monday as I am off work.
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