Hi to all, I'm gathering some attachments to hopefully knock out a few nagging projects around the house. Two dirt projects and general yard repair after all the rain we've had over the last two years first. If all goes well with the dirt projects and the agri fab box blade and tractor handle it well, I'd also like to use it on my gravel driveway. Since I've owned this property I've been doing that mostly with shovel and cart to fill in the pot holes, something to level the whole thing out yearly or as needed would be nice. Reviews on these little box blades aren't great though, and I'm anticipating some repairs needed. The largest of the dirt projects runs about 25 yards in length and is the result of a concrete truck leaving ruts when I had it come in and pour a slab for an old pole building to turn into a garage/workshop. About a foot deep in spots and the truck also rippled the ground raising some areas.
The tractor is like my avatar says, a GX54D so I do have the diff lock. The sleeve hitch isn't due in till Wednesday next week at Lowes. There is no huge rush, but I could have it all and installed by next weekend and ready to begin so long as the weather forecast holds up.
So my question is to those of you that have used either the Agri-Fab or Brinley box blades on dirt and gravel.
1. Are factory tires with a diff lock good enough? I don't have snow chains yet for the tractor, but that is also an option. Not much deck clearance, may need to remove it for chain clearance, but no big deal there. And I'll probably take the deck off just so I don't damage it backing over piles of dirt or driving thru the ruts.
2. If you'd go with a different tire I see two options without jumping up two a 23 inch tire if 23's would even clear the deck.
First option EFX hammers 22x9.5-12 for $160 per set, actually weigh a pound less the factory Carlisle's but are exact same size and shouldn't be to harsh to just leave on there for the life of the tractor. May not be a huge traction gain even over the factory stock tires.
Second option is the SunF All Terrain's 22x10-12 for $130 per set, weigh 6 pounds more then a factory tire, .5 inch wider, should be no problem. And if I have traction issues with these I need a different machine. I've had AG's on an older cub that really weren't that bad about damaging the yard..... These I'm not to sure on.
So anyhow, sorry for the long post, I tried to throw in all the background information that applied to what I'm looking to do. opinions, tips, tricks or advice welcome.