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I took the Edge Tamers for a test drive today. The folks at R2 were kind enough to let me test drive some prototypes, they're just like the ones currently available except wider to hold up with bigger tractors. These are 6" wide.

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To be blunt, I love these things. Using the bucket by itself would require tipping the edge back to prevent digging into the surface being cleared. That would result in the bucket filling with loose snow, then the bottom trying to push through but simply riding up on the snow. With the Edge Tamers, I can tip the bucket down so it tries to dig, but it can't dig into the ground. You can see the rear blade is angled narrow enough it's not doing anything, what you see cleared is all from the bucket. With it tipped down, the snow rolls forward like it would with a plow. The Edge Tamers essentially turn the bucket into a snow pusher. I shot a couple of videos, but they're pretty poor. A guy needs one hand to run the loader control, one to steer, a third for the reverser lever and a fourth to hold the camera. I'm two hands short of all that. :laugh: I should be able to get a video with a helper this weekend, and may post the ones I shot today anyhow. Despite my poor videography, the Edge Tamers really shine.

Where the Edge Tamers shine even more is obstructions. I have to clear across a few cattle guards, and using the bucket or the rear blade you're almost guaranteed to hang a crossbar with it and stop the tractor. Not with the Edge Tamers. I lifted the front tires off the ground with the bucket and pushed across the cattle guard as easily as ever, and cleared more snow off in the process.

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I really am thrilled with the Edge Tamers. We're going to try them out on the Ford 8210 that weighs 14,000 lbs and has an 8' bucket soon, but I expect them to work as well with it as they have for me. :good2:
 

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Those look good! I might have to get a set.

Here's an idea for R2.... Make an Edge Tamer that bolts on a rear blade. That would keep the rear from scraping all of the gravel and let it slide over obstacles. It would also be a lot easier to pop those on instead of trying to mount a round pipe, rubber cutting edge, etc. What would be REALLY cool is if those could also be adjusted to match the angle of the blade so the "skid" or "ski" Edge Tamer is always pointed forward.

Or a "saucer", non-directional version to clamp on the rear blade. Basically a skid that clamps on for us guys that don't have the mounting points already on our rear blades.

R2 is welcome to contact me about this. :good2: :laugh:
 

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Thank you for the request! I think this is the third idea this great GTT community has offered us, yet another reason this place is great. We're working on the first two ideas, and yours we'll take a look at again (we've considered it before) when we get a chance.

When we get back to that concept, we'll keep you in mind as a beta tester. :good2: Right now we're focusing on these XL Edge Tamers and another new product, but it is definitely still on our backlog.

Those look good! I might have to get a set.

Here's an idea for R2.... Make an Edge Tamer that bolts on a rear blade. That would keep the rear from scraping all of the gravel and let it slide over obstacles. It would also be a lot easier to pop those on instead of trying to mount a round pipe, rubber cutting edge, etc. What would be REALLY cool is if those could also be adjusted to match the angle of the blade so the "skid" or "ski" Edge Tamer is always pointed forward.

Or a "saucer", non-directional version to clamp on the rear blade. Basically a skid that clamps on for us guys that don't have the mounting points already on our rear blades.

R2 is welcome to contact me about this. :good2: :laugh:
 

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Thank you for the request! I think this is the third idea this great GTT community has offered us, yet another reason this place is great. We're working on the first two ideas, and yours we'll take a look at again (we've considered it before) when we get a chance.

When we get back to that concept, we'll keep you in mind as a beta tester. :good2: Right now we're focusing on these XL Edge Tamers and another new product, but it is definitely still on our backlog.
the r2guys; I'm glad ur at least hing about something for our back blades. I too would be interested in a set of them too. I should own a set for my bucket, they would have worked very good on the deep snow at my place. I too have a gravel driveway and parking lot. I don't like raking gravel back out of the yard come springtime. please keep us back blader's in ur research and development. thanks big jim
 

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Why yes, these photos are very similar to yesterday. 50 MPH winds and 60 miles of open prairie will cause a bit of drifting overnight. :flag_of_truce::laugh:

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I put about 6 hours on the tractor today digging out here and at the rental. I still love the Edge Tamers as much as I did the first time. I have to send this set back when the test period is over, but I really don't want to. They've made a big, big difference in the amount of difficulty involved in this.

I managed to get one video today clearing a cattle guard at the rental, hope to get another tomorrow. :munch:
 

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I put about 6 hours on the tractor today digging out here and at the rental. I still love the Edge Tamers as much as I did the first time. I have to send this set back when the test period is over, but I really don't want to. They've made a big, big difference in the amount of difficulty involved in this.
Your environment looks like a text book use case for a 3PH snow blower. :)
 

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Great review 56FordGuy. Hopefully they won't want them back till spring!

I'd really like a chance to try out the set I have. :lolol: (who says I'm not an optimist!)


R2, add me to the list of back blade users that would like to "Tame the Edge".
 

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Thank you for the request! I think this is the third idea this great GTT community has offered us, yet another reason this place is great. We're working on the first two ideas, and yours we'll take a look at again (we've considered it before) when we get a chance.

When we get back to that concept, we'll keep you in mind as a beta tester. :good2: Right now we're focusing on these XL Edge Tamers and another new product, but it is definitely still on our backlog.
I'll definitely be a beta tester when you get to that point!!

I'll be keeping my eyes open for your XL EdgeTamers. I don't have a "big tractor", but I like the idea of the wider footprint. I'm thinking about 2 of the 4" on each side of the bucket and one 6" in the middle to keep my bucket from scraping off the high crown area in the middle of parts of my driveway. Are the XL's the same "height" as the 4" ones? In other words, if I put 4" EdgeTamers on the side of the bucket and a 6" EdgeTamer in the middle, will the bucket sit level?

Happy to see a successful company making stuff in the USA!! :usa
 

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I'll definitely be a beta tester when you get to that point!!

I'll be keeping my eyes open for your XL EdgeTamers. I don't have a "big tractor", but I like the idea of the wider footprint. I'm thinking about 2 of the 4" on each side of the bucket and one 6" in the middle to keep my bucket from scraping off the high crown area in the middle of parts of my driveway. Are the XL's the same "height" as the 4" ones? In other words, if I put 4" EdgeTamers on the side of the bucket and a 6" EdgeTamer in the middle, will the bucket sit level?

Happy to see a successful company making stuff in the USA!! :usa

My opinion, I don't think you would need three especially the 6" ones. I have two 6" Tamers on the 5320, and it weighs roughly 7,000 lbs. I haven't come close to damaging anything using them. They skid across grass and gravel very easily, the bucket edge doesn't come near the surface either. For a smaller tractor I can't imagine needing the big ones.

I'm having trouble fiddling with the video, but I'm working on it...:smash:
 

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Looks like 56FordGuy beat me to it, but a little more clarity: the 3" and 4" wide Edge Tamers will give you 5/8" clearance off the ground, whereas the 6" wide XL Edge Tamers will give you 7/8" clearance, because of the thicker steel. So I wouldn't recommend mixing them, not to mention the issue of scale. The 6" are in a totally different weight class than the 4"

Unless you have a pretty large piece of equipment, I think the 4" Edge Tamers should do the job. In the video on the website, it's a 33hp tractor with a 6' bucket, and that's running three of the 4" on a variety of surfaces. The 6" XL's are just going to be overkill for average tractors; they are intentionally overbuilt, and a lot of weight.

Hope this helps! Besides all that, you can get the 4" now while the snow is still falling. The 6" are still in test, and probably won't be for sale for a little while yet, certainly not this winter season. It takes a while to get all the production details figured out.

And thank you for the beta tester offer! 56FordGuy has the first iteration, we'll see what comes next...


I'll definitely be a beta tester when you get to that point!!

I'll be keeping my eyes open for your XL EdgeTamers. I don't have a "big tractor", but I like the idea of the wider footprint. I'm thinking about 2 of the 4" on each side of the bucket and one 6" in the middle to keep my bucket from scraping off the high crown area in the middle of parts of my driveway. Are the XL's the same "height" as the 4" ones? In other words, if I put 4" EdgeTamers on the side of the bucket and a 6" EdgeTamer in the middle, will the bucket sit level?

Happy to see a successful company making stuff in the USA!! :usa
 
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