/ FELs and digging #11
- Apr 6, 2000
- Kubota L4060 Cab, ZD1211, ZD326
I kind of think "front end loader" means an implement on the front end for picking up and moving loads, from a pile. I fear my little CUT bucket (with a straight edge) isn't meant for cutting into the earth, and if I try to do that, I should go easy, because I'm pushing it out of its intended comfort zone.
But I also think a "backhoe loader" that has teeth on the backhoe bucket and ALSO the front end loader bucket is indeed meant for cutting into the earth. So, it's heavier as well as having teeth.
These seem contradictory. So, how do you tell if a bucket on the front is intended for actual digging? Is it the teeth? Is it the fact that there's also a backhoe on the other end? Putting a tooth bar on my bucket could be taking a bit of a chance with it, right?
Enlighten me please? Thanks!
You're on the right track... With common sense a FEL can dig, and teeth will make it easier and put less stress on the machine. The object of adding a tooth bar is not to transform a FEL into a bulldozer that will move mountains.
I don't have a tooth bar (on the short list) so when I have had to dig I generally run a 5' tiller over the area, then scoop with the FEL. My area is mostly hard clay that will stop a standard FEL bucket in its tracks. Likely doable with teeth on the edge.