Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Just off the Appalachian Trail in Northern Virginia
Re: GS6500 Belly mount grader?
I have read this thread a couple of times and think I understand. you want a grader/dozer blade and a bucket on the same machine but do not want to have it be the 11 feet long (guestimation from a measurement on my GT5000 with landscape rake) that the "out of the box" solution is.
If the above is correct, here is what little knowledge I can share with you.
1. Our GTs are not known for their cornering to begin with, add the weight of a JBJr full of gravel to the back and steering will be non-existant, especially on uphill grades, no matter what you put under it.
2. Putting the JBJr off of the sleeve hitch, it will not follow the belly grader in a tight turn. (Once again guestimation you would be 1/2 to 2/3 off the "graded path" at the tightest turn.)
I suggest that if you are going to get the JBJr, put it on the front, keep the box blade on the back and ammend the trail design. That would nullify the steering and track issues. I am not sure if you can keep the bumper on with the JBJr on front I am not sure if that would still be an issue or not. If that is not feasible, I would rent a skid steer.
Although the prospect of following your build of a mid mount-blade is appitizing, I fear the overall end result will be much less than you expect. You could build one for me if you want!
Like I said it is just my $.02.