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 05-13-2005, 21:00 Post: 111037
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I have a JD 790, a plain jane with no bells and whistles other than standard equipment. I have a gravel drive which is about 200 ft long. I have been successfully mowing for a couple of years now and wish to purchase my second implement, a box blade to maintain the driveway. Please give me some selection advice as far as chosing brand, width, weight, etc... As I gain experience with the box blade I am sure I will find other uses for it. Thanks for any help you may offer.






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 05-13-2005, 21:13 Post: 111038
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I have a JD 2210. I bought a back blade at first for it, but didn't like the windrow of dirt that spilled off to the side. I swapped it for a box blade and LOVE it!. I use mine for maintaining trails on my property. It is a Frontier 48". The box blade pulls dirt with it and distributes it evenly. If you back up you can push to a certain extent as welll - just don't over do it. It also works pretty well as a counter weight for the loader. Gets the Deere I-Match quick hitch if you can. It makes hooking up breeze.






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 05-15-2005, 11:58 Post: 111072
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I am using a 5' United HD box blade behind my 4110. It's a pretty solid box and my machine handles it just fine for my uses--trails, grading in dirt, etc. It weigh about 350 pounds. For your machine, you can probably handle something quite a bit wider, if needed. The rule of thumb is to get a box that is at least as wide as the width of the track of your rear wheels. As the frame and side walls get thicker, the price goes up. For what you describe, it sounds like the box I am using would work just fine. The images to follow show my box with 3 of the 5 scarifiers down and the 2 outboard scarifiers up. I was setting it up to do some light soil busting in an area that doesn't drain very well.





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 05-15-2005, 12:07 Post: 111074
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Here's a side view. united box blades are made by Leinbach. There are two levels: HD = heavy-duty and LD (or MD?) = light to medium-duty





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 05-15-2005, 12:11 Post: 111075
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A slightly different view showing the frame, scarifier beam, and my thumb <8~)





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 05-16-2005, 06:15 Post: 111105
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I went with Woods unit that is 65" wide and weighs 517 pounds on my TC33D. I got it a bit wider than the rear of my tractor so that I could get close to an object and still grade. I was really amazed the first time I used my boxblade on my driveway as to how great an implement it is. So whether you have dirt or driveway project it will be a favorite in your tool arsenal.






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 05-16-2005, 06:42 Post: 111110
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 Box Blade Selection

Box blades should always be wider then the tractor pulling them. The teeth should be adjustable and if possible the back blade whould float when pulled ahead or in forward motion if a top and tilt might be used.






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 05-16-2005, 07:01 Post: 111116
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Art being the tractor expert he is brought up a very good point when he mnentioned the use of a hydraulic top link. I forgot to mention that when I responded but since I have one I can tell you that it makes the use of bb even better. Having the instant control at your finger tips is really helpful especially when working in dirt.






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 05-16-2005, 09:21 Post: 111125
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There are a lot of companies that make excellent box blades for mantaining a road. If you think that you may want to take on some future projects like small landscaping and dirt work, Bush Hog makes a handy blade for this work. Getting one that is wide enough to cut out your tire tracks is a good idea. We have been using a roll over 72" box blade that Bush Hog makes for the last 5 years and found it to be a real time saver. We will have to agree that we are probably a little on the lazy side and we do not like having to unseat from the machine to adjust the scarifiers. The roll over model has a simple trip lever that allows you to change the blade positions to what ever the application without leaving the tractor seat. We use this blade on a JD 990 w/ FEL to do part time landscape work and found it to be a real time saver. The Bush Hog 72" weighs in at around 700 # but I think that it is also made in the 60"width depending on the size of your machine. These blades tend to be a bit pricey but would not take for this one. Good luck on your selection.






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 05-17-2005, 09:02 Post: 111159
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Thanks for all the good advice, guys! I will definitely be purchasing a box blade wider than my tractor as y'all have suggested.






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