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Old 11-09-2011, 12:39 PM   post #1 of 14
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Default Here's some pics of my cheap mid mount grader blade

I had a cheap($25.00) craftsman snow blade that I've been wanting to try this to, so a couple weeks ago I went for it.

Cut it down, reversed the original pivot mount, mounted it on a piece of scrap I stole from an old workout machine and bolted it to the front deck hanger brackets. After using it a bit I found there was too much flex in the cheap blade so I added a backbone across the back of it using a piece of old bed rail.
I attached it using a small piece of chain to the tractor's lift. I have to reach under the tractor though to work the pivot.


It actually works alot better than it looks. I really put it to the test this morning regrading my gravel driveway, it was really compacted and too high in the center. Something with teeth would have made the job go much quicker but in the end...this was a very affordable solution.

It's floating, so when I had to really do some cutting I stood on the blade.

Now I need to get busy and figure out how to get the snow plow mounted for the winter.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:45 PM   post #2 of 14
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Wow...you wont believe how similar our grader blades are.....





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Old 11-09-2011, 10:25 PM   post #3 of 14
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Looks great to me, nice job on the build!
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:43 PM   post #4 of 14
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Yep...I'm sure the similarity is no accident either. When I was sitting there
staring at the old craftsman blade to see how I could make it work, The
picture of your's kept popping into my head. I knew it wouldn't look
near as professional as yours, mine still looks like a hacked up craftsman blade. But I knew I could make it functional.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:24 PM   post #5 of 14
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Can you actually cut the top inch of gravel with the tractor? is traction an issue?
I have gravel that needs to be dressed often, a blade like that if it worked would be fantastic.
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also, I'm curious if either of you have ever used it to move snow...
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It actually cuts better than I expected. Areas of my drive that I wanted to cut up more I had to put my feet on the top of it to get it to dig in more. Mostly because it was so packed down. Over the last couple years the snow plowing has left some higher areas on the sides that I needed to level out.

Because it was so hard packed, I believe a box blade with teeth would have been better. But for leveling it off...this worked pretty good.

I found there to be a happy medium about how long the lift chain should be, if it was too short then it wouldn't dig in even with my weight on it. If it was too long I couldn't lift it up enough to get in and out of my garage.

I put the tire chains on to it to help with traction, before that...I would lose traction alot more when I shifted my weight to the blade.

Hope this helps
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Guess that was a bit of a windy way to say that yes ....it'll cut the top inch, I just had to go deeper.

Haven't tried it in snow...yet.
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:21 PM   post #9 of 14
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My gravel is limestone screenings....quite fine gravel....so the grader blade works well on it. It doesnt go too deep, but I dont want it to either, just straighten out ruts and stuff. Traction without chains is no problem...

Tried it a bit on snow last year, but we get too much for that blade....If it was an inch it would be OK.....
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:03 PM   post #10 of 14
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Default Re: Here's some pics of my cheap mid mount grader blade

I am building a mid blade too and had a couple of questions:

When you have the mid blade pulling a good pile of dirt, does the blade sway to the side at all? Or does it hold tight to the center of the tractor?

Did you reenforce the front mower deck mount holes to take the added stress?

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Mine doesnt pull to the side at all, even when angled......

No, didnt reinforce....its pretty beefy as is
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:18 PM   post #12 of 14
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Ok thanks Poncho. So the 2 bolts on the front mounting tabs hold it straight?

1 more question, are there any brackets on the back of the blade that mount between the frame and the blade or does the lift chain hold it straight?

I couldn't really see anything in the pics so just thought I would ask.

Bob

I will get some pics up tomorrow. I forgot to take some today.
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I just connects at the front 2 mounting points and the chain......The 2 pieces from the front taper in to the swivel point to sort ofform a triangle. This keeps it straight. A triangle is very solid. Plus, they are welded to the swivel plate
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Ok Poncho.

I have to weld the front mounting plate to the drawbar and the swivel piece to the plow. I have to get some bolts to mount it all together under the tractor. I went a little overkill with making it strong but so far it looks excellent!

I am also making a 48" wide X 4" high plate with ripper teeth that will blot on to the blade for scarifying real rough terrain.

I will have some pics of my set up later.

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