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 08-03-1999, 00:00 Post: 6577
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 Which blade?

With all the knowledge and experience that is present here, I was wondering what blade would be best to purchase first, box or rear grader or both. Any preference of make and model? I will be using it behind a New Holland 1320 4wd. I have been looking at the 6 foot Rhino 500 series w/ tilt, offset and angle and the land pride 5 foot box scraper. Any imput would be appreciated. Thanks!






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 08-04-1999, 00:00 Post: 6589
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Does the Rhino still offer the end caps as an option on this blade? If so, it will do the job of a box scraper and more.






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 08-05-1999, 00:00 Post: 6629
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Roger,Rhino does offer the end caps for the blade. I wondered about that option. Do you have any experience with a blade and this type setup? Would save some money going that route. The other thing was the scarifire with the box blade. Don't know that you could add that option with a rear blade. Thanks for the imput!






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 08-05-1999, 00:00 Post: 6664
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Hello Cliff. Yes, I have a Rhino blade and the end caps. It is the older 8 foot model and is pulled with my JD 530.this is a small Ag type tractor (1958). The 530 weighs almost 6000 lbs - with the blade it may be more. Themotor is something less than 30 HP, and old. I have no trouble pulling it with this rig and have used it quite abit for about 9 years now. Keep in mind that this old Ag tractor pulls much harder than any compact...The abilityof an old heavy Ag tractor to pull without slipping a tire always comes as a surprise to friends who are used totheir 4wd compacts. I think it is due to the large diameter tires, the long wheelbase, and the fact that the weight islocated closer to the rear tires. I don't think that you will be looking at 8 foot Rhinos...more about this later.I have about 3/8 mile of dirt road which often gets washed out and then rebuilt with this rig. Going uphill the tractor will pull the blade about a quarter full of dirt; downhill it will pull it clear full. The differencein the work that one can do with a really heavy blade like this is worth the money. And the ability to hold dirt fromspilling out makes road shaping and crowning much easier. If I was doing it again, I would go out and buy thisvery rig brand new. I don't feel that way about many tools. Yesterday I was using it with both endcaps and theblade angled to the first hole. Then I set the tilt so that one of the ends was scooping dirt out of the ditch whilethe "downsteam end" was depositing it on the crown of the road... You will notice that the Rhino has finer incrementsof adjustment than some of the less expensive blades. Roger Loving






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 08-05-1999, 00:00 Post: 6667
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This is a continuation of the previous "Book" I was writingDogone it! Blades are a favorite subject around here... Yes, I have a scarifier on one of my box blades. I never use the thing.....It was necessary when I had light weight blades, but the heavy Rhino does a better job than the scarifier did. If you really want a scarifier, consider buying a tool bar with 4 or 5 spring tooth harrows mounted on it instead. This will cost about $300 new at the JD dealer, and does a better job of scarifying. It looks like I'm writing a book here! But the subject is one that I've spent some time on. I currently own two lighter back blades and two box scrapers as well as the Rhino. There were other blades that I bought and re-sold along the way. The only ones i use are the Rhino and the smallest box blade, which is currently being used as a counterweight on my little 16hp Yanmar. The next project is to mount the Big Rhino on the 33 hp 4wd Yanmar and see if that tractor can handle it. I am doubtful, but looking forward to the experiment. I suspect this tractor would go better with a 6 foot Rhino. With the ability to offset the blade, it is usually better to use a the smaller size and make a few more passes. The endcaps enable it to pull a huge amount of dirt.... BTW, the Rhino is not the only good blade out there. But it is one of the real good ones. Roger Loving






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 08-07-1999, 00:00 Post: 6712
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Hi Roger,Thanks for the information. I think the Rhino is the way to go, with the endplates. I think I am going to go with a 6 foot blade. My 1320 should handleit. Cost is around $650.00 for the 500 series with tilt, angle, and offset,less end plates. The 550 with the hydraulic offset option runs another $50bucks, less cylinder. The next thing will be a tiller and then a landscaperake. I noticed that Landpride offers a landscape rake with the end platesand scraper attachment. Looked like a nice setup, doubt it has the weight todo any serious blading though.I can't believe all the things you can get for these compacts. I did havethe opportunity to see a trimmer that attaches to the top of a rear mountfinish mower. They use a blade system similar to the new rotary hay cutters.All hydraulic and spring loaded and trims at the same height that you aremowing at. You simply pull up to a tree or whatever you are mowing aroundand drop the trimmer, pull up and then past tree. The trimmer is springloaded and will trail mower as it passes tree and then spring back toposition, can add as much as 52" to your cutting with. It can also mow overcenter of horizontal position for mowing banks, really slick for pond banks!Well thanks again for your input and let me know if you come across any neatattachments. Like the idea of a backhoe but my land they are proud of them!Cliff Addison






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