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Best way to Maintain Gravel Drive

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Pacman2
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2020-06-06          199331


Hi New here so not sure if right place to post.

I have a long well worn gravel drive that is deeply rutted where the tires go.

It has a base of crushed shale, then some 3/4 stone, stone dust and some 3/8 gravel. Not much is loose anymore.

Has some potholes etc. recently bought property that came with an older Kubota B series tractor with a loader but no other attachments.

So wondering what the best thing is to do here in terms of attachments and what grades of stone to buy.

Thanks for any help.

Paul

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bosco2
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2020-06-10          199347


Do you have a Box scraper, that is the best tool to use if you have one. You cna adjust the scarifers to various depths to rough up the surfaace and then fully set them up high to smooth.

If you need to add material quarry process, stone dust and 3/4 stone should work well to fill the ruts if the box blade is not enough.

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Murf
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2020-06-10          199348


If the goal is to just make it better, the down'n'dirty method is to order in a truck load of fairly fine stuff and just fill in the ruts. The existing material will be pretty well packed and digging into it will just unpack it.


I would recommend something usually called "crusher run" and is sized based on the largest particles. For this kind of work you want "5/8ths minus" which basically means the material will be stones no bigger than 5/8" and mixed with smaller stuff all the way down to course sand.

The other advantage is you can do it with the equipment you already have. Once you have it patched and packed in well you can pick up a rear blade to groom it a little nicer if you wish, but you can do a pretty fair job of it with just back-dragging with the bucket itself.


Best of luck. ....

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chashm
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2020-06-11          199349


Lastly, rent a small roller for a day to pack it down. Otherwise you'll get ruts right back where you drive every day. ....

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DennisCTB
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2020-06-11          199350


Ditto to all the great points.

Compaction is a critical ingredient and can be deceptive.

A rail to trail bike path I cycle on was resurfaced 4 years ago with dust and gravel mix. They used a vibratory roller on it in most sections. But one section was getting beat up by horse traffic but not the other sections, I even thought the material was different but it was the compaction.

After 4 years rain and settling it has finally compacted so no more horse hoof damage and it is smooth. So thorough compaction is critical, unless you are willing to wait for mother nature ....

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