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    Driveway resurface with box blade

    When is the best time to do this project?
    Let me start by saying I have done the driveway right several years ago with a good base followed by crusher run on top. I know I don't want to wait until the dog days of summer when the driveway is like concrete, but is it too wet and soft now or should I wait a little longer until dries out some more? I recently bought a box blade and played around with it making a pad for a shelter behind the garage but I'm still fairly new to it's use, any tips and pointers will be appreciated.
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    I don't know your exact soil type but you can typically work on it anytime the ground is in the middle between soggy mud and hard as concrete. :-)
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    I always test the surface with my Box Blade first. If to wet it just hangs up in the Box and won't spread good. If too dry it just makes a fluffy looking surface that has to be packed when damp. When the material flows out under the rear blade a little damp it looks so nice flat and even. I love grading with my Box Blade it is very forgiving compared to a regular rear blade that can dig in once in a while on a soft spot and start a wave action on the surface that is hard to remove back to flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I don't know your exact soil type but you can typically work on it anytime the ground is in the middle between soggy mud and hard as concrete. :-)
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    I always test the surface with my Box Blade first. If to wet it just hangs up in the Box and won't spread good. If too dry it just makes a fluffy looking surface that has to be packed when damp. When the material flows out under the rear blade a little damp it looks so nice flat and even. I love grading with my Box Blade it is very forgiving compared to a regular rear blade that can dig in once in a while on a soft spot and start a wave action on the surface that is hard to remove back to flat.
    That was pretty much my mindset too, right now it would roll into mud so I'll wait another week and do it.
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    I just did mine a little over a week ago. Great time of year to do it as long as it's not too wet. Mine was perfect for box-blading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    That was pretty much my mindset too, right now it would roll into mud so I'll wait another week and do it.
    This time of year things dry out rapidly and you are basically working the top couple of inches of the road so it could be right in a day or two and concrete in a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    This time of year things dry out rapidly and you are basically working the top couple of inches of the road so it could be right in a day or two and concrete in a week.

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    I know what you mean, we're going from 38* and rain/snow to upper 70's tomorrow, it will dry up very quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    I know what you mean, we're going from 38* and rain/snow to upper 70's tomorrow, it will dry up very quick.
    My driveway will be nice and dry tomorrow. Just Sayin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    My driveway will be nice and dry tomorrow. Just Sayin!
    Let me think about that, certainly more fun than working
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    If you just want to 'dress up' the driveway, extend the top link a bunch and put the rockshaft lever in the float position (all the way down.) I tilt the box blade some and run down the driveway sides to keep the crown and work my way to the center alternating sides. My main drive is about 14' wide and my box blade is 6' wide, I make two passes on each side.

    I've used a box blade for hundreds of hours and I still get really frustrated using it, on my list of implements to buy is a land plane. I think it would be much easier to use for driveway maintenance.
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