Ok, so you’ve got your new compact or sub-compact tractor with front-end loader. Of course, the first thing you want to do is find something to dig up, right? Maybe you want to dig out a stump, dig a ‘watering hole’ for deer, who knows. …and frankly, who cares! I get it, you just want to DIG with your tractor!
Unfortunately, after the first few minutes, you realize that your tractor just isn’t big enough or strong enough to dig like you want it to dig. The bucket doesn’t seem to want to penetrate the hard soil, and the wheels slip, or the engine doesn’t have sufficient power to force the bucket into that hard-packed earth.
Thinking about it, this makes perfect sense. A 49″ (or 53″ or wider) bucket attempting to penetrate across its entire width at the same instant requires lots of force. It would be much easier if we had just a few small ‘points’ on the bucket which would penetrate first, then as we continue to push, the soil would be broken loose. This is exactly the concept behind the Heavy Hitch toothbar.
There are 14 small points (7 teeth each with 2 points) … 6 teeth on the 49″ model. Each of these teeth is about 1/4″ wide. It is much easier for the tractor to force this small surface area into the hard-packed earth than a full 53″.
This video illustrates the point. This crushed stone driveway had been in place for many years, and was packed very tightly. I now wish I had tried it without the toothbar just for the experimentation, but honestly, I don’t think I could have penetrated it. Before getting the toothbar, I had planned to use the backhoe to break it loose.
So, you can see that it will dig. As they say in infomercials, “But wait, there’s more…”. In addition to digging, I had some projects where I needed to clear out some vine-y brush. This was actually the very first time I had used the toothbar. As you’ll hear in this video, we were all amazed at how it just reached right in there and grabbed the brush.
Katriel aptly named it “Tractor Steroids”. It really does make the tractor seem stronger.
At first, I figured a toothbar was much ado about nothing. Another fancy add-on which would not help the tractor at all. My experience with it has been just the opposite. Because of the small size/weight of the tractor, digging without the toothbar seems futile. This should be ‘standard equipment’ on all (sub)compact tractor/loaders.
You can get the toothbar at Heavy Hitch Toothbar. Be sure to use coupon code TTWT for a 5% discount on your entire purchase. This discount applies to ALL heavy hitch products.