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post #16 of 25 Old 08-13-2019, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Box blades?

WOW!!! I guess I might of thought twice seeing that, the FEL would of been the tie breaker. and half of the refurbish was already done (tear down).... It came out beautiful. Did you do a rebuild thread? I really enjoy following rebuilds.

Could you do a common axle a little pivot/support frame to set wheel height/depth of cut. I keep scrolling up to look at the and I stop at the "BEFORE PICS" WOW....

While I wait for the box blade I've been trying to figure out how to do the winter chores. I basically got this tractor for the plow. I do a couple of driveways that are paved, the rest are gravel. I run the blower shoes about 1/4 in.clearance, but that leaves a build up on the pavement. I have a 90's Murray GT for the blower, I guess I could put the plow on Murray 39003(my mower tractor) that would leave this one empty for tear down...
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post #17 of 25 Old 08-14-2019, 08:15 PM
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WOW!!! I guess I might of thought twice seeing that, the FEL would of been the tie breaker. and half of the refurbish was already done (tear down).... It came out beautiful. Did you do a rebuild thread? I really enjoy following rebuilds.



Could you do a common axle a little pivot/support frame to set wheel height/depth of cut. I keep scrolling up to look at the and I stop at the "BEFORE PICS" WOW....



While I wait for the box blade I've been trying to figure out how to do the winter chores. I basically got this tractor for the plow. I do a couple of driveways that are paved, the rest are gravel. I run the blower shoes about 1/4 in.clearance, but that leaves a build up on the pavement. I have a 90's Murray GT for the blower, I guess I could put the plow on Murray 39003(my mower tractor) that would leave this one empty for tear down...

This was my thread, there were several people on here that helped me decide.

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I made mine with 3/16 steel with a 1/4" cutting edge. With a sleeve hitch i had to account for it pivoting instead of lifting up. Using the electric actuator i can get down force to scrape off high areas
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Thanks for the follow up.... It looks great. I've been looking for a used one (Brinley), but the new ones aren't to bad Amazon 185 or so free shipping.
Been staring and staring at last pic to see what changes might be needed. Only thing I can spot that isn't my driveway......
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This my project, and the tractor that will be using the box blade. I just got it.
If you are thinking about a grader blade for your driveway, consider something like this. I have watched a guy use one of these for several years and it works way better than a back blade or box blade for smoothing gravel. One or two passes and you're done. it floats rather than digging in and will cut high spots and fill low spots.
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Re: Box blades?

I've owned box blades for garden tractor use since almost 55 years ago. The Brinley hasn't changed since conception. The Brinley is the correct width for small lawn/garden tractors that use sleeve hitches, especially sleeve hitches that are Armstrong powered. However, a sleeve hitch is by design supposed to float, and in other words there is no down force to the blade. Snowplowdog has done a great job with the Brinley above, nice work and something to be proud of. My only thought would be to lose the wheels as they're not needed and will only get in the way. For a rake, yes, but for the blade, no. The nicest part of the widening project is the weight carrier, being that weight is the #1 factor for proper performance.

When I bought my X580 I still used my good old Brinley, which other than my rake I have found to be one of my more useful tools. When I bought my X738 the Brinley was modified for use with a 3 point hitch, and then modified more with the purchase of a low cost blade advertised for UTV use. I got over 40 years out of the Brinley and it owes me nothing. It was $49 at Sears back then, and it's done a whole lot more than $49 worth of real work.

And, if you own a stock Brinley you can use a pair of John Deere suitcase weights to increase weight by simply putting them on the blade next to the drag link.

Most people overlook ATV/UTV implements, which are usually designed to fit a 2" receiver hitch. Anyone with a sleeve hitch can adapt these implements with a sleeve hitch adapter or the purchase of some 2" square tube. The links below are examples;

https://www.motoalliance.com/all-pro...pro-implements

https://heavyhitch.com/?utm_medium=c...hoCZDkQAvD_BwE

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My only thought would be to lose the wheels as they're not needed and will only get in the way. For a rake, yes, but for the blade, no. The nicest part of the widening project is the weight carrier, being that weight is the #1 factor for proper performance.
I was wondering about the wheels as well. I've not needed anything to keep my blade from digging too deep. Maybe he will explain them for us.

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And, if you own a stock Brinley you can use a pair of John Deere suitcase weights to increase weight by simply putting them on the blade next to the drag link.
That's a good solution. I had some iron exercise weight plates so I welded a couple of pipes on the back of my blade to allow me to stack the plates right on the blade.

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Most people overlook ATV/UTV implements, which are usually designed to fit a 2" receiver hitch. Anyone with a sleeve hitch can adapt these implements with a sleeve hitch adapter or the purchase of some 2" square tube. The links below are examples;

https://www.motoalliance.com/all-pro...pro-implements

https://heavyhitch.com/?utm_medium=c...hoCZDkQAvD_BwE
I've seen these blades but wasn't sure about the quality so I've been hesitant to recommend them. Cabela's has a 52" box blade on sale for $79 right now. It would need to be fitted with a sleeve hitch as it is also a receiver hitch type blade.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/home...5.uts?slotId=1

Here is my Agri-fail ahem, Agri-fab blade with 70lbs of weight plates on it. I don't recommend it as it needed at least--if not more than--its weight in steel welded to it to make it usable. The 3240 it's on has a hydraulic sleeve hitch I fabbed that will lift the rear of the tractor. I'm assuming it has ~200lbs of downforce so I can get ~380lbs of pressure on my box blade counting the downpressure, blade and weights.
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post #22 of 25 Old 08-20-2019, 07:58 PM
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Re: Box blades?

It's difficult to drop a box blade very deep, specifically because they are not really meant to dig deep. The scarifiers are really the key part of a box blade. They break up the top couple of inches and the "box" collects the dirt. The side plates actually limit the depth of the blade. I had 12 of those 40' dump truck leave full loads of loam on the front yard last year. I moved that loam with the 48" blade on the front of my X580, then used my rake, then the box blade. The 580 did a great job, but man do I wish I had purchased my X738 to begin with.

I see the Brinley Snowplowdog has is already set up for a 2" receiver hitch. My old beast was welded and the only parts remaining are the 2" square shaft, and the blade and pivot handle out in the backyard not being used.

I don't know where you live, but you're welcome to them if you come by.
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Re: Box blades?

I've had an Agri-Fab box/blade since 2012. I started using it in earnest on a 300ft. gravel drive that get washed out a couple of times a year.
The CTX9500 has a powered B/S Sleeve Hitch with 500 lbs. lift/down force, that really helps keeping ground contact.
Three years ago one of the welds on the Agri-Fab frame broke. For $25 the local machine shop re-welded all of the corner braces.
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I was wondering about the wheels as well. I've not needed anything to keep my blade from digging too deep. Maybe he will explain them for us.







That's a good solution. I had some iron exercise weight plates so I welded a couple of pipes on the back of my blade to allow me to stack the plates right on the blade.







I've seen these blades but wasn't sure about the quality so I've been hesitant to recommend them. Cabela's has a 52" box blade on sale for $79 right now. It would need to be fitted with a sleeve hitch as it is also a receiver hitch type blade.



https://www.cabelas.com/product/home...5.uts?slotId=1



Here is my Agri-fail ahem, Agri-fab blade with 70lbs of weight plates on it. I don't recommend it as it needed at least--if not more than--its weight in steel welded to it to make it usable. The 3240 it's on has a hydraulic sleeve hitch I fabbed that will lift the rear of the tractor. I'm assuming it has ~200lbs of downforce so I can get ~380lbs of pressure on my box blade counting the downpressure, blade and weights.


The theory behind the wheels is to keep it more even when the tractor is going over bumps much the way a belly blade would work under the tractor. Will it work the way I think it will? Only time will tell as I havenít had a chance to use it yet. If not it is only 2 bolts for each one and they are off.


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Thought I would share the box blade that I built. We have about 600' of gravel driveway and needed means of keeping it graded well, so built this box blade. The 425 pulls it well and use the rear hyd cylinder for main height adjustment and then use the 3pt for lifting and lowering the blade when turning around etc... If I were to do it again, I would add some scarifiers in front of the blade, but for the most part works well for grooming the driveway.
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