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Old 03-14-2012, 08:09 PM   post #16 of 29
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I found a box blade a dealer wanted to get rid of, so you can check around. But if I had it to do over I'd get a simple blade that could change from push to shove and angle -- great for snow and gravel. That said, the box blade has been nice for making a couple water diverters in my hilly area. Shop around, call around.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:11 PM   post #17 of 29
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Nice Trailer L! hope that was powder coated...


I suggest a box blade. I have a regular woods grader blade, but it wasn't doing all this work...



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Old 03-24-2012, 09:25 PM   post #18 of 29
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It was powerded coateted at one time, "Was" is the opertive term. Still being used on the Highway, sometimes. Mostly around the yard though.

Plan on getting a bigger one as some tractors won't fit on this.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:22 PM   post #19 of 29
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I found a box blade a dealer wanted to get rid of, so you can check around. But if I had it to do over I'd get a simple blade that could change from push to shove and angle -- great for snow and gravel. That said, the box blade has been nice for making a couple water diverters in my hilly area. Shop around, call around.
I gave 200 bucks for mine. Had to clean it up and paint it, but I couldn't afford a new one. Always check with dealers! They get alot of stuff in on traded tractors.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:18 PM   post #20 of 29
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Mostly around the yard though.
Ha, LOL. When you say around the yard, you mean it!
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:07 AM   post #21 of 29
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I'm thinking about getting an implement for grading my 1/4 mile gravel driveway for use with my Bx 1860. What do you gents think? DR power grader, box blade, or rear blade? Any other suggestions?
If it is hard and in bad shape, like if you're kind of making a road, then a box blade might be appropriate, but I don't think that is what you need. A cheap scraper blade is perfect to churning up gravel, then use a landscape rake to smooth and surface the drive. If you do it in the spring when it is still a little soft, a rake is all you'll need or want. Get one with gauge wheels.

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Old 04-11-2012, 12:27 PM   post #22 of 29
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A ratchet rake may be worthy of looking into (www.ratchetrake.com). Just bought the 52" for my BX25... totally impressed... built like a tank, hardware's heavy duty, goes on and comes off FEL in a blink, afford-ably priced and, so far, I haven't found anything that's advertised that can't be done with ease.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:06 PM   post #23 of 29
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I'm thinking about getting an implement for grading my 1/4 mile gravel driveway for use with my Bx 1860. What do you gents think? DR power grader, box blade, or rear blade? Any other suggestions?

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Forum member gfann built a front blade for his tractor that did an excellent job on his gravel driveway. Few days ago I think.

Search his posts and you may get some good ideas.

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Old 04-11-2012, 02:43 PM   post #24 of 29
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On my 300 foot gravel driveway I use a 6 x 6 timber with a angle iron bolted to one edge. There are two chains connecting it to the 3 pt hitch. One chain gos to the bottom of the 6 x 6 and the other goes to the top. That way I can control the digging the timber does by adjusting the chain lengths. Unless the driveway rock is dry and really hard, the 6 x 6 does a great job.
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:17 PM   post #25 of 29
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Soil pulverisor works great. I have a box blade and a pulverisor and the pulversior does a much nicer job. Before and after shots.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:59 PM   post #26 of 29
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Thanks for the tips and suggestions. I checked out the ratchetrake and I'm thinking that might do everything I need. Anyone else have experience with it?
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:29 AM   post #27 of 29
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I've read a lot good stories from ratchet rake owners.

But the toothed box blade may be the better solution for a pot holed driveway like ours. We have a good driveway mix but the pot holes always happen in the same place. The poster that recommends going deep to repair them makes sense.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:36 PM   post #28 of 29
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I just did a neighbor's driveway with my box blade on my bx1860... IT's about 300 feet. After just 30 minutes it was looking amazing. All the potholes were gone. I dug down pretty deep as it was pretty backed 3/4s with fine mostly.

Not to mention, a box blade is useful in many other situations, and also makes a great ballast.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:57 PM   post #29 of 29
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Legbuh said Not to mention, a box blade is useful in many other situations, and also makes a great ballast.

Hauling gravel, or logs with forks on the FEL, the box blade is wonderful as ballast.
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