The recent snow events in Buffalo and elsewhere provide us a harsh reminder of the value of snow removal preparation. But that preparation comes at a cost, which includes buying attachments, and later maintaining and storing the equipment. For many of us, when those costs are compared to the risk of “the big one”, the decision is often to try and get by with the front-end loader. But now, with the announcement of the patent pending Edge Tamer from R2 Manufacturing, that evaluation just got a lot easier.
Many tractor owners list snow removal as just one of the many uses for their front end loader, but when the time comes to actually put the loader to use, the results can be mixed. When the snow is many inches (or feet) deep, it is hard to calibrate your bucket to the surface. Gravel ends up in the lawn. The leading edge tears up turf near the driveway. The bucket angle and level may need constant adjusting. It can be a frustrating experience.
The Edge Tamer acts as a glide under the loader bucket, giving a space between the ground and the bucket’s bottom. This allows small debris to pass underneath, while providing a ski-like action to keep the bucket from digging in. A video demonstration of the product can be found at edgetamer.com
This all-steel, powder-coated product is made in the USA. As one customer writes, “The first thing I noticed was the weight – these are some beefy accessories”. The Edge Tamer installs with a few wrench twists without bucket modifications, and can be stored in a large shoebox. Most importantly, they make the job of moving snow easier. “I found them to reduce my plowing time because I didn’t have to worry about catching an edge” writes another owner.
Finally, there is the cost. Edge Tamers cost less than $50 apiece, depending on the size. The number required depends on the tractor and bucket size. Since they require no servicing and are easily stored, Edge Tamers are a cost-effective way to make snow removal easier and reduce springtime cleanup. The manufacturers also produce a $10 add-on device called the Edge Extender, which provides 12” of lifting ability in front of the loader for picking up and carrying items wider than the bucket, such as branches, posts, lumber, or even yard tools.
To learn more about the Edge Tamer and Edge Extender, including video demonstrations and testimonials, visit their online store at edgetamer.com or r2manufacturing.com. R2 Manufacturing will also be at the 2015 New York Farm Show, February 26-28 in Syracuse, NY.