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 03-31-2005, 00:45 Post: 109157
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I just picked up a 4' king kutter xb box blade scraper from Coastal Tractor here in CT. It was new but weathered and they sold it to me at a great price. Anyway. I know there are tons of BX owners out there lately on this site and I want to keep you from making a mistake I almost made. DO NOT buy the 5' blade. I really think it will be too much for the little BX. It has plenty of HP but even with the 4' my wheels were spinning (all 4 or at least 3 at once) several times in my driveway grading the stone I pushed to the sides during the winter.

This 4' is plenty. I would think the 5' with the higher moldboard would be way too much like trying to pull a 53' trailer with a pickup truck and 500HP. Just too much weight for the machine. These little BX's have plenty of power but they are too light to go bigger than the 4'. Just my opinion from using a 4' blade today.

Boy have I been missing the boat. What a tool the box blade is! I can't wait to figure out all the "tricks".






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 03-31-2005, 06:11 Post: 109162
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 Box Blade tip for BX owners

Excellent advice! I agree completely.

The most important thing to consider with the BX series or any other sub-CUT is the "design intent". They're so closely related to their bigger CUT bretheren, many people overestimate their true capabilities. But... as far as what they were designed to do goes, you simply can't beat them!






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 03-31-2005, 06:23 Post: 109166
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 Box Blade tip for BX owners

cthonestguy, do you have any extra weigh on your BX, like wheel weights, fel, etc?

I have a NH TZ24DA which probably weighs about the same as the BX. I tried a 5' box blade but didn't have the rippers. It worked okay, but without the rippers and being able to load it, I couldn't fully test it.

I plan to acquire a box blade and go with a 4 foot model. Thanks for the info. Dave






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 03-31-2005, 08:46 Post: 109175
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Something else to think about: Look around for the shorter top link that I have talked about befor on this forum. This short top link makes it MUCH easier to adjust the angle that your box digs at and how the rippers function.

One other thing: I am seriously considering a 2nd set of tires with the "bar" pattern for doing dirt work. Some folks here and elsewhere swear by them. (and don't even use the turfs any more.)






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 03-31-2005, 08:48 Post: 109176
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I have the LA211 loader and it was on, I also have 2 50# wheel weights off my Wheel Horse on there. The rippers were pretty much set at the level position only knocking out high spots and it still broke the wheels when I filled it with gravel and tried to keep moving with the blade down.

Don't get me wrong, it worked fine but I really believe a 5' blade is overkill. Plenty of ponies under the hood but just not enough weight to pull it's own weight with all that resistance. There is an incredible size difference between the 4 and 5' box scrapers. The weight is over 100 pounds along with a much higher moldboard. Along with the weight difference you also will have much more material.

I had planned on getting a 5' because I plan on upgrading my machine to a bigger one soon but I'm glad I stumbled on the deal for this one. I was out the door for 275 so when I sell my BX2200 soon the blade will go to the new owner.

I found with the driveway, rather than try to pull the full 180' I did 50' at a time knocking down the high stuff and then once it was knocked down I could drag and grade the full 180 feet. Every year I need another 20 ton of stone. With the way this spread it out, I think I will get buy with 5 ton for touch up this year. I never though a 300 pound huink of steel would make me smile as much as my 1500 pound hunk of steel it's attached to!






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 04-02-2005, 08:36 Post: 109301
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 Box Blade tip for BX owners

Thank for the information.. My wife has agreed that I can get a sub-compact when we get our house finished. My dad and i own a JD 790 (30 hp) which easily pulls a 5' box blade and I was thinking that I could buy a 5' box blade and use it on both machines, but I will rethink that now.

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 04-02-2005, 09:30 Post: 109304
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I have a 4' Woods box blade on my BX2230 and like you, I was amazed at how much I could do with it. Here in the Great NorthWet, we have clay soil that is tuff to move period. I can put my teeth down and rip the clay with ease.

I am using the stock top link and it seems to do fine. Should I change to a shorter top link? Mine seems to rip just fine with it....what am I missing?

I agree, I would not go bigger than 4' for a BX. I think with firm footing (not in gravel) a BX would do OK with a 5', but why push it?






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One other point on the tires. I have turf tires on mine. I really debated turf vs. bar and decided on turf because I ocassionally mow my yard with it.

I have also been very pleased with the turf tires. Again in the clay we have here, it can get pretty greasy especially when wet (which is often) but I've been impressed with their performance. I was going to get an extra set of bar tires, but really don't think I would use them......just a personal opinion as it relates to how I use them.






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 04-02-2005, 17:03 Post: 109319
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bvance: The shorter top link is ont only several times stronger, but being shorter allows the box to tip forward further allowing "finer" scraping to be done. With the stock link bottomed out, I found the box acting too agressive and digging in too much sometimes. Now I do not have that problem. I can even tip it foreward to the point where the inside blade begins to pick up off the ground (box sitting on the front of the side plates). The link that I have is still long enough (will adjust longer than the OEM) to tilt the box back so that the rear blade is nearly vertical, too.

Best $20 I spent on the tractor so far!






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 04-02-2005, 18:33 Post: 109321
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 Box Blade tip for BX owners

I bougth a BX2230 and want to add some attachments have you seen a 3point dethacher 4 - 5 foot length?

Txs.






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