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I stumbled across the Red Line Rock Bucket while looking for a tooth bar for my 1025R. As someone who has used one, would anyone be willing to share their experiences, pros and cons, if any? I am considering one for clearing brush and removing rocks of varying sizes from a large mound of undisturbed dirt. I am thinking about the 2" spacing version because I plan to mow the area once cleared. I didn't even know they existed, let alone used one, so I am still in the research phase.

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I don't own one but I've kept my eye on the Redline rock bucket for a little over a year now. They look really nice so I just need to find the perfect project to use as an excuse to buy one.
 
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I love mine, I use it a lot more than I thought I would. I've used it for clearing brush, and it breaks ground very well, it's the 2" spacing version. Only con is if your ground is not very dry, the dirt won't filter out very well, and you're going to have to shake the bucket a lot to get it to sift when the ground is dry.

I kind of consider it a tooth bar on steroids, I've dug into solid, undisturbed, packed soil and it cuts in like butter, almost no resistance. Other than some paint missing, which can't be helped when you're using it, my bucket is still in like-new condition, it holds up very well, and we have rocky soil here, it's glacial till.

In clearing the brush, I tip the bucket down about 20 degrees and scrape it along the dirt, then lift up to pull everything that gets caught between the teeth. Depending on how long the vegetation is (mine was Himalayan blackberries, some vines over 20') you may have to drive with your bucket elevated so the vegetation doesn't fall off, as there's no lid like on a grapple. I would usually take 3-5' cuts into the vegetation, that seemed to be about what it could do and still scrape the ground before the teeth filled up. Much faster than my other option though, which was hand clearing.

After the clearing, it does a very nice job of smoothing too. I use the same 20 degree down angle, put the loader in float, and back drag the area, comes out very nice.

I also use it to groom my horse arena in the same manner, so if that's something you have, it works well for that.

One other thing, I'm not sure where you're located, but if you get snow, it will also break apart frozen piles of snow if you find it you need to move them. My regular bucket stops dead trying to penetrate those frozen lumps, the rock bucket cuts right in.

We bought the rock bucket because we bought a property that needed the small pastures completely renovated. We picked the first half acre of rocks by hand, then bought the bucket for the rest. I actually cut a couple pieces of expanded steel to fit in the bucket and sifted down below the 2 inch spacing, it worked very well, but required a lot more shaking of the bucket.

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Thank you for the quick reply. I've discovered the mound of dirt I want to move is full of rocks and pieces of small roots and picking them out by hand is proving to be a waste of time. My biggest concern is how durable the tines are. Are they easy to bend?

The before and after pictures you posted looks a lot like the brush I would like to remove. Thanks for the tips on how to clear brush. I didn’t even think about snow. I have to plow a lot wider than my driveway so that I have somewhere to push the snow because I can’t move the frozen piles. That’s awesome that it will work for that as well.

I thought of a couple more questions.

1. Aside from using the bucket when the soil is not dry enough, have you had any issues with rocks or debris getting stuck between the tines or bending them?

2. Has the necessary shaking of the bucket resulted in any noticeable concerns like excessive wear or damage to parts or hydraulics?

I'm surprised how little information I have been able to find about the rock bucket. I can't find any videos of it being used or people talking about it. I did find an old discussion where someone claimed they had one and basically said it didn't work and was hard on the tractor but, so far, that has been the only negative comment I've heard. It seems people love them, I just can't find any details, pics, or videos. I guess people think that because the function of the attachment is so simple, they don't see a need to go into much detail?
 

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Hello,
I stumbled across the Red Line Rock Bucket while looking for a tooth bar for my 1025R. As someone who has used one, would anyone be willing to share their experiences, pros and cons, if any? I am considering one for clearing brush and removing rocks of varying sizes from a large mound of undisturbed dirt. I am thinking about the 2" spacing version because I plan to mow the area once cleared. I didn't even know they existed, let alone used one, so I am still in the research phase.

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
I can't think of a better way to screen rocks and debris from piles of soil without hands on or using fencing, etc at home as the screen. In fact, our local landscape supply yard uses one to screen their larger rocks and get the gravel and smaller rocks out of their material as they couldn't run the larger rocks through their normal "screening machine" and the rock bucket allowed them to sell 80 yards of 3" to 5" rocks for finished landscape work which no one would purchase before because of all of the gravel and dirt which was in it. For screening, it should be ideal as long as the spacing meets your needs.

For clearing brush, it should work fairly well catching the debris which forks would normally drop. You might end up with brush tangled in the bucket from time to time, but there are a number of ways to clean or clear those out.

Which tooth bars were you looking at? I have the Piranah tooth bar and its use for digging out rocks, etc. is not its primary purpose. Its better at severing vines and small brush with its sharp edge, but its not really helpful for carrying debris in the bucket.
 

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Which tooth bars were you looking at? I have the Piranah tooth bar and its use for digging out rocks, etc. is not its primary purpose. Its better at severing vines and small brush with its sharp edge, but its not really helpful for carrying debris in the bucket.
I looked at both the Heavy Hitch and Piranha tooth bar. What you said about the PTB is the consensus I got, so I was leaning towards the HH version because you don’t have to cut any holes in the bucket and I want to able to remove as much of the roots as possible, rather than just cut them.

Based off what The Satch posted, I’m thinking the Rock Bucket should work better for my needs than either tooth bar would.

In my head, I’m thinking I could use the RB to clear and either make a pile of brush to burn or switch to the grapple to move the brush to a burn pile. Then, once the area has been cleared, I can use the RB to sift the rocks from the soil to make it usable to fill in low areas and to make what’s left easier on my mower.

I’ve had pretty good luck clearing with a standard bucket. However, removing the rocks and debris by hand is quickly becoming an excercise in futility, so the idea of being able to do it faster and without leaving the seat is hard to beat.
 
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