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    Evaluate this Dirt Digging Bucket

    My 2320/ 200cx came with a 62" bucket.

    Far from ideal for digging dirt.

    I found this 48" wide home made bucket for sale for a decent price. Has welded on teeth, but they aren't that long like the ones on most toothbars.

    My rear wheels are 52" wide.

    I was hoping to buy a Deere 53" bucket and put a toothbar on it, but that's like $1100-1200

    This one is around $300.

    Would be a no brainer if it was 53" wide and had more aggressive teeth, but not sure if this is going to do the job or not and if I'm wasting 3 hours to get it?

    He said the flat bottom makes for easer depth/grade control vs the rounded bottom of the deere ones. Being mine is 62" wide I cant see the front edge from the seat and struggle with that now.

    So, what you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by duwem View Post
    My 2320/ 200cx came with a 62" bucket.

    Far from ideal for digging dirt.

    I found this 48" wide home made bucket for sale for a decent price. Has welded on teeth, but they aren't that long like the ones on most toothbars.

    My rear wheels are 52" wide.

    I was hoping to buy a Deere 53" bucket and put a toothbar on it, but that's like $1100-1200

    This one is around $300.

    Would be a no brainer if it was 53" wide and had more aggressive teeth, but not sure if this is going to do the job or not and if I'm wasting 3 hours to get it?

    He said the flat bottom makes for easer depth/grade control vs the rounded bottom of the deere ones. Being mine is 62" wide I cant see the front edge from the seat and struggle with that now.

    So, what you guys think?

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    if u watch the auctions, jd place that sells ah-machine finder-couldn't think of it right away, any ways i have seen used good buckets on them sites for sale for a decent price. they go by the number for the bucket, not by the machine model, so u have find what number ur looking for and then u can see what will fit and won't. i guess jd gets too many of them in, and then sells them by themselves. i don't remember any being as high as u posted, i put my tooth bar on the my bucket for around $75 to $100. good luck.
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    Are you more concerned with digging dirt,,,,
    or having a W I D E bucket??

    The perfect bucket for digging dirt would be 30" wide.

    Two bites of dirt is FAR better than no bites of dirt.

    The bucket has to be sized for the task,,, wide buckets are hard to dig with,,,,

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    I am not sure this bucket will improve your dirt digging capabilities. I purchased the Heavy Hitch bolt-on toothbar and I am amazed at the difference when digging. I haven't had the chance to do a lot with it yet, but I do have some observations:

    1. The toothbars reduce the contact area at the initial point of contact, increasing the pressure applied to the dirt.

    2. They are wedged-shaped vertically. This acts like a wedge in a wood splitter, breaking the dirt apart.

    3. They stick out from the bucket to allow the dirt to be split apart before the main edge gets to that area.

    4. Ideally the tooth will spilt the dirt between the teeth so when the bucket edge gets to that area it is already broken apart and all it has to do is direct the dirt into the bucket.

    The little teeth on this bucket doesn't provide many of these benefits. And remember, your tractor is going to have a very hard time tearing up the stock bucket. It just can't generate enough force through traction to do much damage it. A heavier duty bucket is really just heavier.

    I paid a little over $300 for the toothbar and it is super easy to remove and install. I don't get the cutting benefits for brush removal like, say, the Piranha Bar, but mine is for digging dirt.

    For about the same price you can multi-task your bucket. Just my opinion....
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    They are right about a flat bottom bucket being easier to control while digging. However, imo, the bucket should be at least as wide as the tractor in order to be useful. Still, the price is right and it would be less work than shoveling.
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    I would still hang on to my 62 for snow and lighter stuff if I got this one.

    I called the 3 local dealers within an hour and they never have used buckets for sale. $800 for a new 53" and many of the toolbars online are $300 plus.

    I could get a toothbar for the 62" but that seems like a lot for the tractor to handle

    One dealership said they may give me some $ for trade in of my 62 to a new 53, maybe that is the route I should go then save up for a toothbar in the future.

    Have to see how low he will go on this 48". If it's cheap enough might be worth a shot. 48 with some tooth is gona dig easier than 62 with none.

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    Sounds like a good plan. Get us some action shots and a review.
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    For 300 bucks I'd buy it, especially if it included the dolly it's sitting on. You can always sell it if you don't like it.

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    Well I bought a 53" bucket and ballast box from dealer this morning. They gave me $100 off of the pair and $300 trade for my 61". Gotta save up for a toolbar now. Thinking the Long flat bottom.

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    Wise choice. The Long flat bottom is the one on my radar too.
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