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 08-02-2004, 09:08 Post: 92492
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I have a 1100' gravel driveway that needs a little maintenance. There are a few potholes that have to be taken care of and the road needs to be generally smoothed. I read Murf's post on how potholes are formed and how they have to be dug out instead of filled. I have a Kubota M4900 and a 6' box blade and york rake. I can't seem to get a smooth surface with the box blade. I get a washboard effect instead of a flat surface. I've looked at the TR3 rake but can't justify the $3000+ price if the implements I have already will do the job. Could anybody give me any advice on what I am doing wrong? I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!






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 08-02-2004, 09:17 Post: 92495
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Get a chain harrow or make something similar with a chunk of chain link fence.

I have to groom my gravel about every 3 weeks.






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 08-03-2004, 04:57 Post: 92556
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What is the material like that you are trying to grade?
Rocky?Sandy? Clean gravel?






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 08-03-2004, 05:45 Post: 92557
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It is 6" of 2A modified. This is stone dust up to 2" gravel. I can't seem to get it flat with the box blade. I don't think a chain harrow would help with the potholes. It would probably help after I get the driveway in better shape.






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 08-03-2004, 06:12 Post: 92559
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Jack - where are ya from? You can barrow my TR3 rake. You'll have that driveway perfect in 2 hours max.






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 08-03-2004, 06:16 Post: 92560
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For smoothing fresh pit run with my scraper I extend the top-link and give the 3ph plenty of float. That way the scraper follows the ground contour and the blade doesn't dig in and cut new washboard as the front wheels go over bumps. If the top-link adjustment is good, the scraper will pick up some material and and distribute it into minor dips that are less than the scraper width. It also compacts the pit run a bit but I usually back-drag with a fairly flat loader bucket while holding some down-pressure for final compacting.

I get the surface smooth enough to suit me this way without resorting to a drag. However, what works for pit run may not work well for loose gravel that doesn't compact.






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 08-03-2004, 06:44 Post: 92562
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I'm in northeastern PA around Wilkes Barre.






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 08-03-2004, 07:17 Post: 92564
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I have 21AA stone on my driveway and maintain it with a box blade similar to what Tom descibed. The trick for me is the final smoothing pass with the top link extended. I actually make several final smoothing passes extending the top link a little more each time until a get the finish I want. With all the rain we have had this year, I need to do it every couple of weeks to keep a smooth finish.






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Once you get the material roughed in you might want to try turning your blade around backwards for a smoother finish. You can add some extra weight to it if it wants to ride completely over the top of the gravel.

Ending with Mark's idea of a piece of chain link fence (or an old bed spring) with a bit of weight on it will really smooth it out.
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If money is not a major issue.... a drag scraper would be an ideal tool. They work like a mini-road grader.






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