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GX54D and Brinley Box Blade together at last

It took a little while to get everything sorted and together, but I pretty much finished up assembling and testing out the Brinley box blade this afternoon. I just want to make a small bracket extension to install the winch control underneath the right side arm rest. Overall I'm really happy with how the sleeve hitch and winch mounted up together. The first picture is how it will spend most of its days with that cheap $10 Traveller winch cover from Tractor Supply installed with the winch control unhooked. As you can see in the second picture it sticks out and could be easily damaged if left plugged in. Not a big issue, takes 5 seconds to screw it in. The only semi custom work to this whole set up was drilling new holes for the winch mounting plate. 4 holes drilled, easy peasy, lifts my 185 pound self and the box blade with cinder block with no problems.

So far I tried one of my smaller projects with it, no breakages..... But my skill at box blading needs much work I'm not posting pictures of that murder job I just committed, lol. There is definitely some finesse involved when it comes to feathering out the piles, the winch is nice for controlling height, just need some practice to figure out a little more. I think a yard roller is in my future though, hopefully it will buff out a little bit of the lack of skill. Oh yeah almost forgot, I went ahead and got the SunF tires, they are sweet, no spinning what so ever so far and didn't use the diff lock once. Here's the pics.

Box blade just assembled ready for first hook up, winch control is wrapped around right arm rest dangling around currently. And some fresh deer droppings mashed into the tire for patina.
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Here's the winch assembly uncovered with winch control hooked up.
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Sorry for the 90 degree pictures, Iphones and internet forums, someday I'll learn.

If anyone is interested here's links to all the gadgets used in this project.
Sleeve Hitch
https://www.lowes.com/pd/MTD-Genuine...Kit/1000250741
Winch
https://www.ruralking.com/3000-lbs-winch
Winch Cover
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...All%20Products
Tires
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-of-2-2...-/302241398213
Brinley Box Blade
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Brinly-38-i...raper/50289577

That's all for today, enjoy!!
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Well at least now you can knock down those deer dropping piles!! Looks like a nice setup!

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Well at least now you can knock down those deer dropping piles!! Looks like a nice setup!
Lol, yeah, white tails, they think the three apple trees in the yard are their personal food court/restroom. Thanks for the compliment and the picture correction PA318Guy!!
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If you want your pics upright turn your phone's home button to the right when you take your pics--bottom of phone at 3 o'clock.

Glad it's working out for you. With the right tires you will rarely need your diff lock. when I get into a situation where my ATV tires won't pull me out of my diff lock rarely will.

One thing I've found that helps with box blading is that when you can let the blade sit on the ground and keep moving without lifting it, it will smooth out the surface a lot better. I drop mine down and just drive w/o lifting it and do a bunch of passes.

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If you want your pics upright turn your phone's home button to the right when you take your pics--bottom of phone at 3 o'clock.

Glad it's working out for you. With the right tires you will rarely need your diff lock. when I get into a situation where my ATV tires won't pull me out of my diff lock rarely will.

One thing I've found that helps with box blading is that when you can let the blade sit on the ground and keep moving without lifting it, it will smooth out the surface a lot better. I drop mine down and just drive w/o lifting it and do a bunch of passes.
Thanks for the tips Steve, I'll try them out. I probably was lifting way to early. The small project I was working on today was a pile of pea gravel from the previous owners of the property. They had an above ground pool, and I'm guessing it was what they used for a base... Minus what was left in a pile behind a shed, an odd mix of soil and grass had grown over it, must have been there for some time. The grass sod(as best I can name it) was rolling into balls and refused to break up. Easy work to finish this one up with a shovel, breaking up those clumps of sod. I have to get some top soil and grass seed, for this and the next project. I'll get plenty of practice by the time it's all said and done.

I couldn't agree more with you on the tires, I was really impressed when I started getting deeper into the pile and filling the box up pretty full, those SunF's driving over inches deep of the little pea gravel just kept pulling. Diff lock is probably over kill for my needs, it'll be interesting to see come winter time, if I'm able to skirt by without putting tire chains on. The garage floor would like it if I didn't need to anyhow.
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Lol, yeah, white tails, they think the three apple trees in the yard are their personal food court/restroom. Thanks for the compliment and the picture correction PA318Guy!!
Yep, I ran over some next to my apple tree the last mowing too! You're welcome on the Pics! BTW if you put them on a computer and then rotate them with MS Paint and save them they will post correctly.

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Re: GX54D and Brinley Box Blade together at last

a drag will take the waves out the fastest
or turn and go back over it at a 45* angel 4 or 5 times and turn each time
a roller will not be good at first

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