I met the R2 Guys at the Empire Farm Days Ag Show this summer. I had no intention of purchasing Edge Tamers as I don't use my bucket for snow removal. But, the more I looked at the product and thought of uses, it struck me that they might be just the right tool to assist with fall leave cleanup. I bought the 4" Edge Tamers.
I mounted the Edge Tamers yesterday. It took me 2 minutes, 10 seconds, using a Gear Wrench. Most of that time was spent backing the bolts out to ready the opening to receive the bucket edge. I plan to leave the bolts where they are when I remove the Edge Tamers and I should cut my re-install time by more than half.
The bucket on which I mounted the Edge Tamers is a 61" JD bucket that I use on both tractors for light materials. I didn't give much thought to placement of the Edge Tamers on the bucket edge and ended up about 8" from each bucket side. It seemed to work.
The leaves I wanted to move were dry on top, damp in the middle and wet on the bottom. The bottom leaves were black, as they've been on the ground for nearly three weeks. The lawn underneath the leaves was wet enough that my boots made impressions in the soil as I walked. I expected some tractor tire impressions, but know that winter will make them disappear. As for the Edge Tamers on such a wet lawn? No idea.
I was tentative at first and manually leveled the bucket over the lawn so the Edge Tamers were just skimming the grass. After the first pass, I used the loader's float and the Edge Tamers were in full contact with the ground. I knocked a piece of 1/2" thick sod off here and there where my lawn is not level, but only a half-dozen spots and nothing bigger than a hand print.
I was pretty impressed and pleased with the results of using the Edge Tamers. Moving that pile of leaves with the blower would have been a several hour task on a calm day, but it was windy yesterday and I was moving the leaves directly into the wind. I would normally have raked the bottom layer of wet leaves, but took the time to blow them loose, knowing I was going to push them with the tractor. It worked. I had to rake one area which I can't blow and I raked along the pile when I was finishing up, but I did way less raking and way less blowing than ever before.
I hate raking. The Edge Tamers saved me a lot of raking. I like Edge Tamers.
I put together a quick and dirty video. It starts slow and ends fast, but you'll get the idea. You can decide for yourself, how much time and energy I saved myself.