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Top Rated Skid Steer Trenchers with Free Shipping

The most preferred way to dig long or short trenches is by machine, not hand, and the best machine to do the job is a skid steer trencher. Skid steer trenchers come in many different widths, lengths, and styles, all made to dig different size trenches. With your skid steer machine you can dig trenches quickly and easily in either 6 to 12 inch widths, with a digging boom up to 60 inches long.

Picking the right trencher starts with knowing the hydraulic flow of your machine. In order for the hydraulic motor that powers the trencher chain to work efficiently, you need to match it with the proper hydraulic flow from your machines pump. If your machine doesn’t have a label clearly telling you how much hydraulic flow you have in Gallons Per Minute (GPM) then you will need to contact the manufacturer or dealer to find out. If you put too much hydraulic pressure on a motor you will damage it, and if you put too little to it, it will not have enough power to work well.  Most trenchers are given a range of minimum to maximum GPM, you want to match your machine up to a trencher where your gallons per minute fall into the middle or top end of the range. For example if your skid steer provides 19 GPM, a trencher that accepts between 14-22 GPM would be a perfect fit, where a trencher designed for 18-24 would not work very efficiently.

Now that you know what width and depth of the trench you want to dig, and what size hydraulic motor you are in need of, it is time to decide on the type of chain you will need. The chain style will mostly depend on the type of ground you will be cutting into.  If you have lots of rocks or even partially frozen ground, you will need a more aggressive style of chain. If you are in a softer area, you can get by with teeth that pull out dirt faster. We have put together a guide to help you select your chain style.

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Trencher Chain Selection Guide

 

Tooth Every Station (TES)
Designed for standard digging conditions, light to moderately compacted, sandy, loam soils and loosely-packed gravelly soils. Typically good digging conditions.
Tooth Every Other Station (TEOS)
Tooth pattern designed to give the most production in wet, sticky conditions such as gumbo, wet clay, etc. TEOS allows the sticky soils to be discharged as it comes around the head shaft sprocket allowing the auger to pick it up and discharge spoil to the side of the trench. The TES chain has a tendency to hold the sticky soils causing build-up in the chain and loss of production.
Rock & Frost Chain 50/50: combination 50% Rock & Frost / 50% Cup Teeth (R&F)
The rock and frost chain will give the highest production in frozen ground, highly compacted soils and rock, allowing the cup teeth to pick up and clean the trench. The R&F chain is very aggressive in tough conditions, but not as productive in the lighter, normal digging conditions.
Shark tooth Chain 70/30: combination 70% Shark / 30% Cup Teeth (70/30)
The 70/30 chain should be applied in compacted soils, light frozen ground, baked hard clay, shale or rocky soils. The aggressive shark teeth will slice, break and relieve the tough soils, allowing the cup teeth to follow and clean the trench. As with the R&F chain, the 70/30 chain will not be as productive in the lighter, normal conditions as the TES chain.
Full Shark Tooth Chain (100% Shark Teeth)
The Full Shark Tooth Chain is recommended in fracturable rock, shale, caliche or conditions with little or no loose soil. This chain will not effectively clean the trench in sand, silt and high-moisture clay conditions.
Chain Widths
Available in 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″ widths
 

Bradco Skid Steer Trenchers

Our tough Bradco Trenchers for Skid Steers provide the following skid steer trencher features. Fits all Skid Steers with Universal Skid Steer Quick Attach Mount. Fixed length boom with spring loaded, self adjusting idler and full rock guard. Heavy duty boom and crumber assembly with replaceable wear strips. Single side spoil augering.

 As with all of the skid steer attachments we carry, after using this skid steer trencher attachment on our Skid Steer, we had to carry them simply because they worked awesome when we used it to lay pipe underground! Another use for these Bradco Trenchers is to lay cable.
You can count on this Skid Steer Trencher Attachment to connect to your skid steer loader, and to make quick work of your next project. We have the Skid Steer Trencher for your Bobcat Style Skidsteer Loader. Once again, these skid steer trenchers come in Several Boom lengths and widths and a variety of tooth options.

 

Tractor Supply Finishing Mower VS Everything Attachments Finishing Mower

Tractor Supply is a great place to pick up some supplies for the farm, but do their attachments stack up to Everything Attachments known quality?

We compared our top quality Phoenix M72-S finish mower against Tractor Supply’s County Line finish mower to see which mower would give you the best cut and service for your money.

As of the date of this article, the County Line 6 foot finishing mower sells for $1,699.99, and has a free floating hitch system to allow it to follow the contour of the ground giving you an even cut over uneven conditions. It’s deck is made of High quality steel, and features a cast iron gearbox. The PTO shaft you will receive with your mower has a shear pin protection to prevent damage. It measures 34 in. tall, and 75 inches wide with a full 72 inch cutting path. Total weight: 670 lbs.

The Phoenix finishing mower has a current selling price of $2,335.00 which includes shipping within 1,000 miles. The Phoenix mower has a similar free floating hitch for uneven lawns, and has a slip clutch for drive line protection instead of a shear bolt (less maintenance required) and weighs 660 lbs. The Phoenix brand has solid rubber tires, a high quality 8 gauge steel deck. A smooth cut is guaranteed by three overlapping blades with specially designed baffles, and an easy to maintain belt system.

They Seem Similar, What’s The Difference?

While there doesn’t seem to be many differences on the surface between these two mowers, they have both been around for several years, so let’s check some reviews to see what people are saying.

County Line

The current rating for the County Line finish mower on Tractor Supply’s website is 2.9 stars on 44 reviews.  There are: 15-5 star reviews, 3-4 star reviews, 5-3 star reviews, 3-2 star reviews, and 18-1 star reviews.

While many owners reported trouble free mowing, there were more that had problems with quality. One user even commented that the welds on it looked like they were done by beginners, and it should only be used on a perfectly level lawn.

A common problem reported was wheels bending or breaking off, pulley bearings going out, belts wearing quickly, and a time consuming process to replace worn or broken belts. Some owners even reported pulleys wearing out within hours.

Phoenix Finish Mower

The current rating on the Phoenix mower is five stars out of 4 Reviews. There are 3-5 star reviews, and 1-4 star review. The 4 star review seems to have been given due to it not having oil in the gearbox when it arrived. Some common themes in the reviews are the ease of assembly, and the surprising quality of the build. This mower has been on our website for over 8 years, and we haven’t received a complaint yet.

Results:

Without investigating these mowers seem to be an even comparison, but as you look a little deeper under the surface, you see that the issue of quality vs price is the deciding factor. While there are reviews of the County Line finishing mower giving trouble free service, there are more of people regretting saving money and getting a substandard attachment.
At Everything Attachments we only offer machinery that we know will do the job needed, and not require tons of maintenance. We strongly believe that quality wins over price every time.

“The bitterness of poor quality and lack of customer service lingers long after the sweetness of price is forgotten.”

The Best Grapple For Kubota BX Tractors

Subcompact tractors are very popular with land owners due to the lower price and smaller size, but can they really do any work? At Everything Attachments we made the best grapple to get the most work done with a small tractor.

Kubota makes a BX line of tractors that are very popular with small land owners. The BX Kubotas are different than other tractors, the loaders aren’t as wide, and the frame is lighter. These challenges mean that the grapple has to be smaller and lighter, and still be strong enough to get the job done.

We worked hard to make the hitch on this Wicked Root Grapple so that these small tractors could get the most out of their limited lifting capacity with a great grapple that wouldn’t overload their front end loader.

We use higher grade steel that is much stronger, so we don’t have to use the thicker steel like our larger Wicked Root Grapples. We find ways to use bracing to add strength to the grapple without adding the extra weight of thicker steel.

The Wicked Root Grapple for Kubota BX tractors only weighs 150 lbs., and is built with AR400 high strength steel. The overall width is 48 inches, with a 40 inch wide lid that opens a full 30 inches for grappling large objects.

The hitch is compatible with LA203, LA210, LA240, LA243, and other smaller Kubota loaders.

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5 Tips on How To Aerate Your Lawn

The subject of lawn aeration always comes up this time of year, and its surprising to see how often the question “how do I aerate my lawn?” comes up. Lawn aeration is a necessity for anyone who wants beautiful deep green grass, so here are a few tips on how to aerate like a pro.

1. Weight Is King

The biggest key for a lawn aerator is it has to be heavy. Your lawn has been baking in the sun for years, the dirt in it has settled, any loose soil on top has washed away, leaving a hard mass of dirt behind. In order to break up this hardened dirt, you will need lots of weight placed on a small surface area like an aerator tine. Many pluggers are heavy enough when they are built, others are built with a rack for placing concrete blocks on top of or are water-fillable. The Everything Attachments lawn aerators are built with solid cast iron wheels on our independent wheel model, or are filled with heavy play sand on our drum style lawn aerator. Either one of these will be heavy enough without adding extra weight.

2.Pull The Plug

Many older models were known as “spikers” they featured many steel spikes welded onto a steel roller that would press into the dirt creating a hole. These spikers are inefficient  in aerating lawns because they compact the dirt even further than what it already is. When you pull a plug out of your lawn, the surrounding soil can decompress to fill in the open hole along with rain dissolving the plug to help refill the holes during the next rain storm.

3.Spacing Is Important

It is important that you leave 6 inches of space between rows when plugging your lawn, the goal of aeration is to allow oxygen to reach the roots of your grass, not tear up the whole yard. You want to leave most of the yard intact, a little goes a long way when it comes to aeration.

4.Twice A Year Is Enough

Aeration is to be done twice a year for maximum benefit. Plugging your yard once in the spring and once in the fall keeps soil compaction down, helps keep the thatch layer under control, and ensures that the water can penetrate deep into the root system of your lawn.

5.Seed While You Are There

Seed your lawn while the holes are fresh, before they start filling back in. The new grass will come up and help keep your yard a beautiful shade of green. You should also fertilize your lawn when the fertilizer can get into the root system, a tractor can be used for both of these tasks with a PTO fertilizer spreader.  Your grass will be healthy and green and be the envy of the neighborhood.

 

 

What Is Universal Skid Steer Quick Attach?

What is Universal Skid Steer Quick Attach?

Bobcat invented the Universal Skid Steer Quick Attach under the name Bob-Tach, and it has become the industry standard for skid steers and now even many tractor loaders. The universal skid steer quick attach system uses a plate on the back of an attachment, that has clearance for a 44″ connector on the machine between two outside walls, and is tall enough to clear 18 1/2″ tall. The universal skid steer quick attach uses two pins that protrude from the bottom of the machine side of the coupler to lock into two holes on the bottom wall of the plate that is connected to the attachment. These holes are approx. 4 1/2″ wide, and are spaced approx. 31 5/8″ center to center.

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Tire Chains and New Grapple!

Tractor Tire Snow Chains

Finally at EverythingAttachments.com

Over the years we have had thousands of requests for tractor tire snow chains, and have finally found a great source of top quality chains that can be shipped anywhere in the continental US. Our tire chains can be fit on almost any tire from 4 to 48 inch rim. You can browse the tire chain section of our website or visit TractorSnowChains.com to search for your size tire.

New Wicked Root Grapple

We have added a new Wicked Root Grapple to the already large family of tractor root grapples with our Mega Compact Utility Root Grapple. This new grapple is available in 55, and 73 inch widths, for tractors with the universal skid steer quick attach. This will be an addition that accomodates tractors larger than standard compact tractors, but not full size tractors. Please watch the video for more information.


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Lawn Plugger Vs. Lawn Aerator

Lawn Plugger
Alternating depth lawn plugger

Many land owners have searched for either a lawn aerator or lawn plugger based on what they have always called them, often without realizing that there is a difference. Pluggers and aerators are different to say the least, but each has its purpose in the lawn maintenance world.

Lawn Pluggers

A lawn plugger is defined simply as a machine that physically removes a small cylindrical piece of dirt from the lawn. The piece of dirt or “plug” that is removed is dissolved the next time it rains, and flows back into the hole as loose dirt, allowing the grass roots a soft place to grow into. This process helps fight compaction and allows the roots to breathe, making for a more beautiful greener grass.

Lawn Aerators

A lawn aerator is a machine that opens holes in the ground by pushing a rod or spike into the dirt that simply cuts allowing air to reach the roots. Lawn pluggers also achieve aeration, but the key difference is how it is done. Lawn aerators do not remove a plug of dirt, and can actually make the compaction problem worse around the hole since the weight of the attachment pushes the dirt around the hole away from the spike.

Generally speaking either one of these machines can help your lawn out more than simply fertilizing and seeding every year, and will give you a better lawn overall.

PTO Powered Brush Cutters

Tractor Rotary Brush Cutter

After land has been untouched for a few short months the grass and brush can really get out of control. The weeds slowly take over, the grass stands tall, and saplings even start to sprout through on their way to become trees. When the time comes to use the land, it can be plagued with heavy brush, briars, bees, and other annoyances that are hard to get rid of. The simplest way to get rid of all of the unwanted mess that comes from long-term unmanaged land is a rotary brush cutter. It only takes a short time for growth to become thick enough where your standard lawn mower will be very ineffective, meaning that a brush cutter will be the only way to clear and reclaim overgrown land.

A rotary brush cutter is an implement that has a PTO powered gearbox that connects to a spinning disc with usually 2 blades attached (sometimes 4). The blades are covered under a thin sheet metal deck for protection. The rotary cutter blades are heavy cast iron blades with a sharp edge on one side, and can cut through brush and small trees up to 2 inches in diameter. When using a brush cutter, it is important to wear clothes that will protect you from the briars and thorns that you are likely to find, they can easily cause cuts and scrapes to any exposed skin. Tractor rotary cutters are designed with guards so that they can properly mulch up the brush as you cut it for faster decomposition, but will not leave a clean finished look like a finishing mower will.

Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

Fall is Coming

Before the leaves start turning, get ahead on your lawn maintenance.  Our made in America attachments can get your lawn ready for winter with the best quality in the industry.

Aeration

Everything Attachments 60" Xtreme Duty Lawn AeratorFall aeration is as important to your lawn as spring aeration. Without fall aeration your grass might not make it through the winter.

At Everything Attachments, we have the best  Everything Attachments Tractor 3 point hitch Lawn Plugger, Core Aerator independent wheel aerators available with 16 alternating depth spoons for deep aeration and grass seeding. Our long lasting sand-filled pluggers are also a popular item to get your lawn aerated quickly and easily

Spreading Fertilizer

Mowers and tractors both can spread fertilizer with PTO and ground driven fertilizer spreaders. The Agrex brand is a well known brand from Italy that we have sold for many years with great success. Agrex fertilizer spreaders are available with steel or poly hoppers, and an optional salt and sand kit for clearing sidewalks in freezing weather.

Cleaning up Leaves

AgriMetal Gas Engine Leaf & Debris Blower, Tow/Pull TypeIn order to get leaves up without blistering both hands you need a blower or a vacuum. Whether you need a dedicated ride on machine, or an attachment to pull behind your tractor we’ve got you covered. Leaf blowers can be either 3 point hitch with a PTO shaft, or a gas powered pull behind model for lawn mowers or ATVs

How to Use A Landscape Rake

Landscape rakes have been on the market for quite some time, but what do they really do? Are they a miracle attachment that will take care of all of your property needs? are tractor landscape rakes even useful for what I need to do? A landscape rake is an attachment that fits on the rear of your tractor that features curved tines on the bottom part. These tines are designed to dig through the dirt and pull any underlying debris to the top of the soil. The purpose of the landscape rake is clearing up land, but the way it does it is something very unique. The tines of a landscape rake will dig below the surface of the soil approximately 2 inches, pulling up roots, thatch, rocks and other debris to the top while allowing soil to stay in place due to the spacing in between the tines.  The curved design of the landscape rake tines makes a perfect holder for all of this debris, using the tractor to transport it to a central location and dispose of it as needed.

In our years of business we have found many uses for landscape rakes, but none as memorable as cleaning up after a flood in one of our employee’s fields beside a creek. The entire field was covered in water, leaving behind a mess of sand, limbs, roots, and other trash that was very unsightly.  We used our floating hitch deluxe landscape rake to clear out the field in a few hours, moving all the unwanted debris to a central location for disposing of, and saving the grass that was growing in his field.