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    Default Piranha tooth bar for slate?

    I've been doing a lot of research on here about the piranha tooth bar as it seems to be a popular and impressive attachment for a lot of digging scenarios. However, one thing that I didn't see was anything on digging into a slate bank. That is one area that my straight edge bucket struggled with recently, and a buddy's kubota with a standard tooth bar seems to tear into it pretty well. The Piranha tooth bar seems to work very well in almost any digging video or review that I've seen, and I would like it for clearing brush type work also, but I'm really curious how it would do with getting into a slate bank. I'm talking about once the loose stuff is already off, and you need to dig in and break it up to get more. I am leaning towards the Piranha bar over a standard tooth bar, but this issue may be a decision maker. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    By the way, I have a Mahindra Max 26XL and my buddy has a Kubota which I believe is a BX26, so they are comparable for the workload we were in to.

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    Default Re: Piranha tooth bar for slate?

    I'd be a little concerned that you should be using (renting) equipment designed & intended to rip apart a shale bank.
    Sorry for the "buzz kill", but neither your tractor or mine were designed for that service. I've done my share of abusing/damaging equipment using it in the wrong application and I'm just trying to benefit you from my similar stupid mistakes

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    Default Re: Piranha tooth bar for slate?

    The slate that is dug around here is only dug with,,,,,,,,,,,
    dynamite!!
    Some of the tractors include JD 4105, JD 855, JD 650,,,, and,,, the IH 584 4WD
    My favorite attachment is the homemade landplane,,, EVERYONE needs one of those!!

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    Default Re: Piranha tooth bar for slate?

    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    The slate that is dug around here is only dug with,,,,,,,,,,,
    dynamite!!
    LOL. Yeah, I told my buddy that's what he needed cuz I wasn't gonna beat up my little tractor to do it. But he said the kubota dug into it pretty well with the tooth bar.

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    Default Re: Piranha tooth bar for slate?

    Quote Originally Posted by tmcj View Post
    LOL. Yeah, I told my buddy that's what he needed cuz I wasn't gonna beat up my little tractor to do it. But he said the kubota dug into it pretty well with the tooth bar.
    The "exposed layer" will dig well with a tooth bar.
    That is only a couple inches,, then you are dealing with "un-exposed" material.
    The un-exposed will need more assistance than a tooth bar,,,
    Some of the tractors include JD 4105, JD 855, JD 650,,,, and,,, the IH 584 4WD
    My favorite attachment is the homemade landplane,,, EVERYONE needs one of those!!

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    Default Re: Piranha tooth bar for slate?

    Can't speak directly about the slate digging.....I can tell you I have done some shallow digging in some pretty tough clay soil......the Piranha did fine. As for brush clearing.......that bar does well with blackberries and small samplings.....I have cleared several acres. The product is well made......I never remove it from my bucket.
    Most of the stuff people worry about.......ain't never gonna happen anyway!

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