Box blade or Heavy/Omni-Hitch
I've been thinking about what would be the most useful first attachment for a MF GC2400.
I did not order a ballast box thinking I would get a Heavy-Hitch or Omni-Hitch. My first priority is ballast for use with the FEL. In addition, my wife wants a garden. The location she wants it is where we had 3 spruce trees ~14-18" diameter. The stumps are still there, and I have no intention of trying to pull them out. I plan to rent a stump grinder, and then I thought a ripper would be useful for loosening up the soil and pulling up some of the smaller roots. Lastly, I want a hitch for towing a trailer.
After reading many threads, I am wondering if a box blade is the way to go.
A good quality 4ft BB should weight ~300 lbs. Probably gives similar ballasting to a heavy/omni hitch because of the weight distribution. If I lowered just one tooth, it would act as a ripper. I am not planning on going very deep, just a few inches.
A BB doesn't have a receiver hitch, but I have seen several threads where people have welded on their own. Seems easy enough to do, and I have a buddy who is a good welder!
Seems like the cost is gong to be similar, maybe even a bit cheaper for a box blade when you add in the fact that I would need to buy all the weights for a HH as well.
Long term, the BB seems like a more useful tool for me. As I have plans for bringing in some top soil to level out the back corner of the yard. I've also seen people using it for pushing snow etc.
Thoughts? Is my logic good? If so, what are the good quality brands of BBs?
2010 Stihl BR600 backpack blower
2012 Husqvarna 562XP with 20" and 28" bars
2013 Protero PTO-PV18 collection system.
2014 Wallenstein BXM32
2015 Stihl KM130 with line trimmer and hedge trimmer.
2015 Massey Ferguson GC1720 with 2360 front snowblower and 60" drive over MMM.