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THE TRACTOR HUNTER
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I know this is one of those dumb newbie type questions, but I was curious if the 318 would be fine for small dirt pushing activities or small gravel pushing activities? Assuming it has a 4-way snow blade on the front of course. Would that type of blade be ok to use?
 

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I was a member of a different forum a few years ago. One of the members there had a 318 equipt with a 44 loader, and a custom back hoe. This guy dug the basement to his house with the 318. I'm sure the 318 will be fine for what you are asking. The blade has a lock out pin so that it won't trip on you while grading.
 

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Here is a few pictures of mine the other day dozing some ground for a new shed.
Lots of weight is a necessity.


I did run a tiller over the ground first to loosen it up.
But it pushed the dirt with no trouble.
 

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I can't see those pics for some reason.

Any other thoughts on this guys?
 

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Loose dirt should be no problem. But you won't have the HP or traction to do a lot of digging in hard ground. I have a 316 with the 4 way front blade and it's just about impossible to peel up established sod in an efficient manor with the front blade. A rear mounted box blade with teeth would be a better choice if you have a 3 point hitch.
 

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Well two things. I was hoping to place some dirt in one section of my yard, push it around and grade it out in prep for seeding. Also, I was hoping to grade some other areas that has old dirt/sod/gravel etc. I was also hoping to spread some new gravel for a small parking area.

Ah heck, I will just make it work.:00000060:
 

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I was a member of a different forum a few years ago. One of the members there had a 318 equipt with a 44 loader, and a custom back hoe. This guy dug the basement to his house with the 318. I'm sure the 318 will be fine for what you are asking.
Man that would have been such a good post for the "What can a Garden Tractor Do" thread.

Glockem, I have pushed gravel dug up the root ball of bushes, and dug up areas of sod with my x500 and about an extra 160 lbs of weight attached on the sleeve hitch for increased ground traction/power so I am quite sure the 318 will be fine. That is precisely why I bought my 318, to take over those duties and more from the x500. The 318 will be strictly my work tractor, no :tsk: lawn cutting for all that muscle. :fing32:
 

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Well two things. I was hoping to place some dirt in one section of my yard, push it around and grade it out in prep for seeding. Also, I was hoping to grade some other areas that has old dirt/sod/gravel etc. I was also hoping to spread some new gravel for a small parking area.

Ah heck, I will just make it work.:00000060:
You should be able to do just about everything on your list. The hardest job will be the old dirt & sod that you want to grade. Spreading new gravel for your drive will be fairly easy.
 

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Awesome guys, that is just what I want to hear.
 

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A Johnny Bucket Sr. with a tooth bar and a Johnny Blade would be perfect attachments for you. They are going to cost twice what you paid for the tractor, but you are getting a good deal on the tractor itself.

You will need some weights and something more aggressive than turf tires to really put it to use.
 

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A Johnny Bucket Sr. with a tooth bar and a Johnny Blade would be perfect attachments for you. They are going to cost twice what you paid for the tractor, but you are getting a good deal on the tractor itself.

You will need some weights and something more aggressive than turf tires to really put it to use.
So you are saying I should have kept my Farmall with the bucket and blade for serious dirt work. ;)
 
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