Got a couple 3" Edge Tamers for a 53" bucket on a 4100 w/ 410 FEL at my lake place. Had my first opportunity to use them this past weekend. WOW! What a difference they make in moving snow without all the gravel/grass that used to come with it.
A service plows in my absence but they have limited space to push the snow. Typically, my snow handling involves hauling the service's piles to a ravine the service can't access without risking getting their plow truck stuck. Much of this hauling requires working on slopes and despite concerted efforts to control the bucket edge in the past I invariably gouged gravel and grass. Working down slope with the Edge Tamers yielded much better results. I positioned the bucket edge just slightly below level and put very slight down pressure on the loader so that the Tamers would follow the ground contour. WORKED GREAT. Mostly snow... just occasional shaved (not gouged!) grass stems. Working up slope I positioned the bucket edge just slightly above level with no down pressure (not 'float' though) on the loader and let the bend front edges of the Edge Tamers guide the way up the slope. As the tractor front wheels raised I eased down pressure by slightly raising the loader. In short order coordinating raising the loader in relation to the tractor's forward motion became second nature. Again, WORKED GREAT!
Over night, after moving the service's snow piles, we received an unexpected 5-6" fluffy snowfall. Since the service doesn't give seasonal residences priority I knew it would a day or two before the service came out. Sooooo...out came the tractor. (Awww gee. Almost nothing beats 'tractor time' right folks?) In the past I've used a Frontier RB1060 rear blade to touch up the drive. Given the amount of snow this time (and the relative small size of the rear blade) I decided to clear the drive using the Edge Tamers. Bucket edge level, loader in float position and the job was done in no time...much faster than using the rear blade. SLICK!
I suspect there are other tricks to be learned using Edge Tamers but I am convinced that anyone using a FEL to clear snow off gravel or grass owes it to themselves to get a set of Edge Tamers. Operating becomes so much easier...and the results better.