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Box blade #7199178
02/28/21 11:10 AM
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I've been thinking I need a box blade for my compact John Deere tractor. I've never used one and would like to hear some comments on what it can or can't do . I'm looking at a 48 inch from northern tool. I would buy a more expensive one if I was going to use it every day instead of 3 or 4 times a year. It's mainly for maintaining about 300 foot of driveway and would like to run it through the garden and maybe break up some sod with it if it will work for that.

My tractor 3 point has load (depth) control and I have a 5 foot rear blade that does ok but hard to get rid of dips and holes.

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you might look at something like this if the primary use is fixing gravel driveways these are longer to smooth out the drive https://www.abiattachments.com/product/tractor-land-plane-implement-driveway-road-grader/


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I've got one on a JD 1025R. It works fine for minor road repairs. Primarily, though I use it for ballast, with or without additional suitcase weights for heavy loading of my front end loader.


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Re: Box blade [Re: lobo] #7199207
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I have a 72" box blade that almost lives on my tractor except during snow season. I maintain over a mile of shale road with it. I keep the teeth pulled up inside fr road work. I only have used the teeth when leveling out dirt. I also use it as a counterbalance when using my loader. I think mine is King Kutter brand.

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Originally Posted by T-Rex
I've got one on a JD 1025R. It works fine for minor road repairs. Primarily, though I use it for ballast, with or without additional suitcase weights for heavy loading of my front end loader.

Is yours 48 inch? My tractor is 2320. A little bigger than yours but about same horsepower. I think 48 might be about right.

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Originally Posted by lobo
Is yours 48 inch?
Good question. I think so. I'm out and about, so can't verify. I know it's not more than that, and probably not less. I'll get back to you when I can.


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Have a 5 footer on a Ford 8N, and 601 Moved tons of gravel with it, light dirt grading too, doesn't do much for snow. With the rippers down it'll tear up sod pretty good.

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Have a 60" on my 650 that is 17 HP. Traction is my main problem. Too big a bite and will spin down in this red clay.


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I found a Land Pride 54 inch at a local dealer that I'm leaning towards. Since my tractor is 53 inches wide I think it would work better than a 48 and not pull that much harder.

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^yes youre going to want it as wide as ur wheels..

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Get the heaviest box blade you can afford. The extra weight makes a lot of difference if you want to fix gravel roads. The lighter ones tend to just skim over the top where he heavier ones dig in at less of an angle.


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I was thinking the same thing about the weight. The Land Pride looks well built. I also have 4 50lb suitcase weights that I use on my rear blade that might work for extra weight.

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Yep get a heavy weight and heavy duty. They are not indestructable, and if you tear it up just call Scuba 1 he can fix anything. I had two that I tore up and called Scuba he got them back up better than new. Thanks again Scuba.

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Originally Posted by GREENCOUNTYPETE
you might look at something like this if the primary use is fixing gravel driveways these are longer to smooth out the drive https://www.abiattachments.com/product/tractor-land-plane-implement-driveway-road-grader/


Mines a different brand but it will tear it up and get it looking like new. After a couple of times using it, it takes nothing to smooth out the driveway once in the spring then once in the fall. In between uses I will use my blade to move the outside gravel to the middle if needed. Rent one with the teeth on it and try it.

Russ

Here's where I got mine. https://www.everythingattachments.com/Tractor-Land-Levelers-Land-Graders-s/9893.htm

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Originally Posted by Half ton
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you might look at something like this if the primary use is fixing gravel driveways these are longer to smooth out the drive https://www.abiattachments.com/product/tractor-land-plane-implement-driveway-road-grader/


Mines a different brand but it will tear it up and get it looking like new. After a couple of times using it, it takes nothing to smooth out the driveway once in the spring then once in the fall. In between uses I will use my blade to move the outside gravel to the middle if needed. Rent one with the teeth on it and try it.

Russ

Here's where I got mine. https://www.everythingattachments.com/Tractor-Land-Levelers-Land-Graders-s/9893.htm


I am surprised some guy doesn't go around offering to do this each spring and leave a number to call and have it done in the fall.

seems plenty of people would be all to happy to pay a hundred dollars and a dollar a foot after the first hundred for that.

get a guy with a dump tuck to drop you some gravel from time to time for added charge seems like a good side business for someone who plows in the winter , much up the drive way then charge to fix it,


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Renting one was my first thought. Can't find any place close to rent one or I would.

I don't think my tractor is big enough to tear up the one I'm looking at.

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Weld a couple of grab hooks to the top of the thing and it makes a great skidding tool. The logs but up to the rear plate and won't snag in the gibbons of the rear of the tractor. If ya want to really be fancy, ya can weld a couple of bit of pipe to it as well and in those pipes you can then store a rake and a shovel, so you have them at hand when bodging up a driveway. As others said, it makes a good counterweight for loader work and mine pretty much lives on the back of the tractor. When my drive way gets washed out with a lot of bad weather, I take the tractor up to the mailbox to get the mail and fix the driveway as an extra


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Originally Posted by lestan101
Yep get a heavy weight and heavy duty. They are not indestructable, and if you tear it up just call Scuba 1 he can fix anything. I had two that I tore up and called Scuba he got them back up better than new. Thanks again Scuba.


Anytime buddy. Aint much one cant get back to working order with a Zeus machine and a retina ruiner.


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