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I upgraded to a 73" HD bucket with my new 3520. Thy bucket didn't come with a bolt on cutting edge, it just has the pre-drilled holes. My question is do I need the cutting edge or can I use the bucket" as is" for now and buy a new cutting edge in a couple of years when I start to wear this edge out? Thanks
 

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I just looked at your pictures from your other post. Is the hole designed for a cutting edge or something else like bolt on teeth?
I would almost bet the bucket would be shot before you will need a new cutting edge. Although I've been wrong before.
 

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The bucket is predrilled so a replacement cutting edge can be installed.
I have seen people put a bolt on cutting edge at the start, but it is not needed.

Just use the bucket as is.
 

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I use my tractor for snow removal and it has a bolt on reversible edge. I have not turned it yet (370hrs) but I would not want my welded on edge to see the wear that the bolt on edge has seen. Probably have to turn it at the end of this snow season. A ounce of prevention would sure save welding a new one in, in the future.
 

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My 73" HD bucket is the same way. JD offers a set of bolt on teeth that attach in those holes. Most of the aftermarket cutting edges and tooth bars don't use them at all.
 

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Thanks for the replies the cutting-edge is pretty beefy I think I'll leave it as is.
 

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I have the 73" HDB that came on my 300CX FEL with my 990 (used) and I bought the cutting edge from Deere. The bucket had hardly been used when I bought it. It fit perfectly. I have used it now for dirt, rock and snow. I like it. It is not too worn yet. but I too like the fact that it is what will get the ware and tare and not the bucket and I can turn it when it gets worn. I think that it is to each his own and what their philosophy is. I would rather ware the edge and not the bucket edge.

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I upgraded to a 73" HD bucket with my new 3520. Thy bucket didn't come with a bolt on cutting edge, it just has the pre-drilled holes. My question is do I need the cutting edge or can I use the bucket" as is" for now and buy a new cutting edge in a couple of years when I start to wear this edge out? Thanks
IMHO,you don't want to wear out the factory bucket edge. If you ever want to put a tooth bar on your bucket,you really need your edge to be in good condition,as that's what the shanks butt up against. I'm with robpm. Much better to wear out something that is easily replaceable. I do a considerable amount of back dragging when I "fix" our gravel road. Not only is most of the wear on the bolt on edge,but being it is under the bucket it also keeps the bottom of the bucket in much better shape too!:thumbup1gif:
 
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