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 07-12-2005, 16:42 Post: 113367
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I have a BX-23 and 4' Rankin box scraper. I need to shave down compacted fill dirt approximately 6" in preparation for a patio (4" concrete + 2" 5/8 crushed).

I only have 10 hours on the BX23 and haven't taken off the backhoe yet to experiment with the box scraper to see what it can do. I've played with the FEL to do some scraping (just for fun), but am not sure if this is recommended (the tractor seems overstressed if I dig in too deep too quickly).

Anyway, here are my questions:

1) will the box scraper scrape below the current level of the dirt or will the PTO only allow it to go as low as the current surface?

2) Is it OK to use the FEL to shave the compacted soil down, or am I doing harm to the tractor? The manual shows how to remove turf with the FEL, so I assume this an acceptable task for the given equipment.


Advice is greatly appreciated!






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 07-12-2005, 19:04 Post: 113372
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 shaving soil 6 with FEL / box scraper

Depending on the type of soil and size of the patio, you probably could make either work. However, I've always try follow the rule of "dig with the hoe; move and smooth with the box; and handle loose with the bucket." Believe your equipment will hold up longer. Regards./






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 07-12-2005, 20:53 Post: 113377
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 shaving soil 6 with FEL / box scraper

I have often used my bucket on JD4310 to scrape earth down 6 inches to a foot to prepare ground for crushed stone for patio, driveway, hot tub base with no harm. I am not a commercial user but generally the bucket has taken whatever I can throw at it.






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 07-12-2005, 22:13 Post: 113382
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 shaving soil 6 with FEL / box scraper

Set the box shanks as deep as your tractor's HP and traction can support.

Make a pass with the box blade, loosening all the dirt.

Now use the bucket to remove and discard (or reuse elsewhere) the loosely compacted dirt.

If you're up close to the house, try tilting the loader bucket down right at the foundation and dragging it back to do the fine details.

Repeat as necessary.

With some practice, you can compact the dirt nicely when you're done by dragging the bucket tilt-down.

Good luck.






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 07-13-2005, 05:53 Post: 113389
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If the top surface of the compacted fill is aready level, using the box blade rippers to loosen the soil is a great way to maintain an even excavation depth. After ripping, pull the soil back to one end of the pit with the FEL or push it with the back side of the box blade, then turn around and scoop it out. This way, with each pass of the box blade you'll remove an even layer of soil. BTW, the BX lower links are set so low to the ground to begin with you should have no problem excavating down 6" below grade.






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 07-13-2005, 08:52 Post: 113394
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 shaving soil 6 with FEL / box scraper

Me being the type person that does not take great pleasure in switching out implements just to be doing it: I would use what's already installed on the tractor. Your front bucket should scoop 6" of top soil with no problem. If it seems to be difficult you could dig strips with back hoe then scoop out remainder with bucket. I actually do alot of what you are doing by back dragging my bucket at full or almost full tip back then scoop it up. Depends on how hard your ground is. I do have a box blade but do most everything with fel, I do not have back hoe.






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 07-13-2005, 23:55 Post: 113437
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Thanks for the input, everyone. Good info I can use.






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 07-14-2005, 08:06 Post: 113444
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 shaving soil 6 with FEL / box scraper

The loader bucket on a Kubota Subcompact is much lighter duty than the large JD 4310 that crunch has. If it feels like you are beating your loader up, you are beating it up. A box scraper with scarifers will loosen the soil and then you can use the BX loader to remove / scrape the loosened soil.






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 07-14-2005, 12:23 Post: 113459
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 shaving soil 6 with FEL / box scraper

Yuo can dig below the surface with your BB. My BB will dig 10"-12" deeper than the bottom of the rear tires.






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 07-14-2005, 12:30 Post: 113461
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Great! This will be the first thing I try..






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