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 11-09-2000, 19:37 Post: 21348
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What's the primary purpose of a box scraper? Does the average Joe need one?






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 11-09-2000, 19:48 Post: 21349
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ggman, from what I've read on the tractor forums, the box blade (or box scraper) is not so popular in New England, but in my part of the country, almost anyone who has a tractor has one. It's one of the most used implements there is I suppose. You can dig trenches or ditches, move dirt, smooth or level yards and driveways, spread gravel, use the "scarifiers" or "ripper teeth" to break up hard ground, etc. Not to mention it being a counterweight for front end loader work that doesn't stick out as far behind the tractor as things like rotary cutters.






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 11-09-2000, 22:56 Post: 21355
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And with a piece of heavy plywood to cover the top, it makes a dandy workbench or low table for carpentry projects.






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 11-10-2000, 08:53 Post: 21358
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As Bird stated, box-blades are not universally recognized for their many talents, in fact I rather like Roger's idea. In most cases I've seen them called 'Landscape Blades' lately, since that is the predominant use for them. In my line of work, (golf course construction & turf restoration) they are as necessary as sunshine and water. The designed purpose was actually for final grading and prep. prior to seeding or sodding, however that is (as stated previously) on a few of the MANY uses they are commonly put to today. The basic difference between them and a 'traditional' scraper blade is that the blade is fixed (no adjustments) and that it has sides, which speeds spreading and grading. Side plates are available (or incredibly easy & cheap to make) for the more common rear blades, which gives the average user even more 'bang fo the buck'. Personally I find them really useful for carrying trees to the planting sites. To carry trees in wire root baskets, just bach up to the tree(up to 3 on a 6" blade), chain the basket to the scarifier teeth (with hyd. top-link fully extended if so equipped) with as little slack in the chain as possible, and lift the 3pth (and shorten hyd. upper link) this will half tip the root ball onto the curved rear blade, and most importantly, carry the weight with the MUCH larger rear tires, resulting in less turf damage. It also leaves the loader available for 'spotting' the tree without having to set them all down and pick up the remainder after. Logs can be carried either cross-wise, with a chain on each side of blade, or by 'tail-chaining' it like a log skidder, the blade will put a substantial barrier between you & the log if you happen to stop faster than it. Above all, please, be careful. Best of luck (and sorry about the length).






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 11-10-2000, 09:13 Post: 21359
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More nifty things about box blades: there is nothing better for pushing against something. When I want to backfill a ditch or push a pile of stone and concrete rubble out of the way, the easiest way to do this is to back up to the pile in reverse and push with the rear of the box blade. Another advantage on the side of the box blade is that they are inexpensive.






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 11-10-2000, 11:27 Post: 21364
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I just finished redoing our drive with a scraper. I put a load of gravel on it last year before I got the scraper, and just used the loader. Trouble was that I got a nice flat drive with the loader, and then the centre packed and left the drainage going down the middle of the drive and collecting at the bottom of the highway grade.

With the scraper (or a blade) I could tilt the blade and cut a proper crown on the drive. I don't know how I'd cut a crown with just a loader, except with great difficulty. The scraper also was the principal tool at our camp this summer. I did another drive, built a properly graded pad for a 40' construction trailer, and excavated for a raised leeching pit and backfilled a few trenches. They're real useful. This winter, I'll probably see how the back cutter does at snow plowing before I hook up the blower. I've heard that some people use scrapers for snow removal in parking lots. The box can take snow out from between parked card without pushing snow underneath the cars.










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