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 06-20-1999, 00:00 Post: 5339
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 gravel drive: blade or box?

I couldn't find an appropriate category for this newbie question but here goes.I have a long (700ft) established gravel drive and occasionally need to get the gravel back into the drive especially on curves where the kids drive too fast. What is the best implement for this job? Front blade? Rear blade? Box blade? Snow will not be much of an issue here but it would be nice if I could move that too when the rare blizzard comes. Thanks






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 06-20-1999, 00:00 Post: 5340
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 gravel drive: blade or box?

A box blade with rippers is the best set-up. With a 700' driveway to maintain it would be a good investment.






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 06-20-1999, 00:00 Post: 5345
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 gravel drive: blade or box?

I use a box blade on my gravel driveway but only because I don't yet have a rear grader blade. With the grader blade (front or rear) you can angle the blade and pull the gravel from the edges back toward the center of the drive.Alan






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 06-21-1999, 00:00 Post: 5347
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 gravel drive: blade or box?

Speaking of which, how does a box blade work and how does it differ from a rear blade?






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 06-21-1999, 00:00 Post: 5349
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 gravel drive: blade or box?

You will find both have their good and bad points. I've always found the rear angle blades to be too light to do any serious work. But are good for moving loose material. The box blade doesn't angle but does do an excelent job levelingdrives or yards. I recomend the box blade.






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 06-21-1999, 00:00 Post: 5379
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 gravel drive: blade or box?

The angle blade is good for moving loose stuff off to the side. The box blade has sides on it so the dirt or gravel stays in there until your ready to let it out. You can back into a pile, grab a box blade full, and move it across the ground where you want it without it depositing much of anything in between. Usually you will raise it slightly and while moving it will deposit it evenly, thus leveling the dirt or gravel. I grew up using a box blade on a Ford 8N 25 years ago (the Ford was an antique even then!). I think it is a fabulous landscaping tool. Plus you can lower the teeth and actually dig up hard packed ground and really do some excavating with it. Your probably not gonna dig a tank or anything with a small box blade, but its a great tool.






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 06-22-1999, 00:00 Post: 5386
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 gravel drive: blade or box?

I've had good luck with a heavy-duty landscape rake. It can be set to all sorts of different configurations and I use it for many other things as well. It really is an amazing tool. My drive isabout 1,000ft and I use it to maintain it. Mine is a Landpride Model 15 and is well made. The otherideas sound good, also.






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 06-22-1999, 00:00 Post: 5393
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 gravel drive: blade or box?

I have 1800 feet to maintain. Lots of curves, not much up and down. All I have is a Pittsburgh rear scraper blade on my JD 850. It is light and after 10 years is really showing wear particularly in the pivot point. It does do a good job of pulling the edges back to the middle. The trick is to keep water from puddling up in the tracks where they cause holes. Choice of gravel is important as well. Crusher run packs well and stays put better than a #6 which is all the same size and just rolls around in the road. I've never used a box scraper but if it would angle it must be better.






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 06-22-1999, 00:00 Post: 5416
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For a point of reference, a rear blade is similar to dozer blade that you pull with the tractor's 3pt hitch. With that in mind, a box blade has sides on each end of the back blade that travels toward the 3pt hith arms. With requsite cross bracing along the top, you get a box like configuration. All of that extra metal makes it much more heavier, a plus for digging and grading as the sides keep the material from spilling out. The down side, is that they cannot be angled to pull material to the side in certain grading operations. Box blades frequently come with scarifier teeth to help break up the material to be moved. A rear blade will seldom break and move hard packed material.Lee






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 09-12-1999, 00:00 Post: 7901
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Hi PaulI was considering a rake to do what your doing. I have no idea if it is the best for my pee stone driveway as most of what I need to move back is loose. Do you think it leaves as good a job as a blade /boxblade would.Let me know.Thanksmario






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