Squeegee, Crumbing Blades Reduce Backfill Time, Eliminate Bucket Teeth Marks

Squeegee, Crumbing Blades Reduce Backfill Time, Eliminate Bucket Teeth Marks
Grade Blades

Squeegee and crumbing Grade Blades from Hall’s Grade Blade are designed to reduce backfill and cleanup time, and eliminate teeth marks and the need to rake, shovel, spread sand or run a compactor. The blades fit any bucket size or brand of backhoe loader and mini-excavator.

The squeegee blade is available in sizes from 29 to 72 inches wide for 12- to 36-inch-wide buckets, and features 30-degree wings for increased material control. The blades slide over the teeth of the bucket and attach securely with a chain.

“I had backhoes, mini-excavators and big-track excavators,” says Bill Hall, Grade Blades inventor and an Iowa excavating contractor for 35 years. “I’ve seen people using pipe with slits cut in it for the teeth to level things out. I’ve seen people, myself included, with boards wired on so I didn’t have to run back to the shop and convert to a toothless bucket.”

Custom-fit excavator squeegee blades are available in 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-foot widths and require no tools to install. The excavator blades are made from 1/2-inch abrasive-resistant steel on the front and 1/2-inch hot-roll steel. All excavator crumbing blades and squeegees have a T-120 cutting edge.

“I originally came out with one model, and now I’ve got two different concepts,” he says. “You never have to chase that windrow. That takes time, and time is money.”

Designed for digging smooth-bottom trenches, the wingless crumbing blades are available in five sizes (12-, 18-, 24-, 30- and 36-inch widths) and install in 60 seconds. Excavator crumbing blades are available in 19 sizes in 23- to 60-inch widths.

“On septic system installations we use the crumbing blades so you don’t leave teeth marks,” Hall says. “We install sand filters in Iowa. You have to have a smooth-bottom ditch. With the crumbing blade you save time when you dig to the proper grade because you don’t need a laborer with a rake and compactor.”

Additional blade applications include building demolition, swimming pool installations, laying water mains and grading racetracks.

“In northern states when you use it in the wintertime or in southern states if you use it on concrete for cleaning, you should have a cutting edge,” Hall says.

“If you don’t have it, the only maintenance I would suggest is once a year during the winter to reweld the seams of the squeegee blade.” 319/470-3033;


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