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    Landplane and gravel driveway ridges

    I bought a landplane with my tractor and it has been great. By the time I am done, it is smooth as glass. I noticed yesterday that all my ridges came back. My driveway is steep so I’m wondering if this is the result of antilock brakes pulsating while going down the driveway, pushing up ridges? Any advice?
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    washboard?

    If by ridges you mean ridges running across the road, that's what I would call washboard. The anti lock breaks could contribute but usually it's wheel hop from cars going up the slope a little too fast. It starts with a little bounce and one wheel loses just a bit of traction and slips slightly. That makes a minor divot, one you probably can't even see. The next car bounces at the same spot and digs it a little deeper but a second bounce also starts the next ripple.

    I've got a neighbor who can do the whole road all by herself,

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    Yes, washboard. That’s exactly it. You can watch it get worse by the day. Going to have to slow everyone down. That’s going to be easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yank View Post
    Yes, washboard. That’s exactly it. You can watch it get worse by the day. Going to have to slow everyone down. That’s going to be easy.
    Good luck with that. I have the same situation. The main culprit is the USPS mail carrier. They drive one of those tiny white right-hand drive trucks which apparently only has two throttle positions... Idle and FLOORED! They sit at the bottom of the driveway and floor it the whole way up... wheels spinning... stones flying... I've never seen anything like it.

    Every other delivery vehicle, no matter how big or small, comes up the driveway without disturbing a single stone.

    It's getting to the point that I dread USPS deliveries as it means I have to go do some driveway maintenance.
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    If you have a heavy roller and run it over it after the landplane it might slow it down a day or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yank View Post
    Yes, washboard. That’s exactly it. You can watch it get worse by the day. Going to have to slow everyone down. That’s going to be easy.
    I get a small washboard when I run the landplane slow (first and second pass) or when it's damp.. put the tractor in high and run a fast finishing pass usually clears it up.

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    I am a little north of Roanoke,, and you are welcome to come drive up my driveway.

    I have virtually NO washboard,, even 6 months after working it with my DIY landplane,,



    Yes, my driveway is steep,, I have lived here and maintained this driveway since 1982.

    Right now, and 6 months since the last working of my driveway,, it looks like this.



    So, I can say, I have an answer,,, but, you may not like the answer.
    I do not use gravel, I use a material that is called mill run,, or pug,,
    The biggest issue is you can not put it down thin,, so at delivery time, your cost is 3X!

    Back in the 1980's, I too used gravel,, but, I could not stand the washboard.
    Luckily, one driver offered me the answer.

    AND, this product is NOT crusher run!
    Crusher run is MUCH different.,,,, that product can be tailgated thin.

    Pug is not perfect,, the edges will still wash during a hard rain.
    This summer we have had some hard rains.
    Right now, I have some edge wash, but that is cosmetic,
    I do not drive on the edges.
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    The washboards are from going up - not down. You won't really feel it with these new vehicles and traction control, but each wheel will spin a tiny bit then the other will - back and forth. That little bit of spinning causes that washboard effect.

    If you have selectable 4WD just put it in 4WD when going up. Other than that there is really nothing you can do about it with loose gravel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    So, I can say, I have an answer,,, but, you may not like the answer.
    I do not use gravel, I use a material that is called mill run,, or pug,,
    Is that the stuff that is recycled asphalt?
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    Landplane and gravel driveway ridges

    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    If you have a heavy roller and run it over it after the landplane it might slow it down a day or two.
    I agree with this. I've found getting the fines to mix with the top loose layer, then smooth it, water it(rain works), roll it. But it always comes back. Continual process. This just slows it for me.

    Edit: parking has slight slope. Drive is steep with a 45 degree curve.
    Last edited by nomorr1; 11-06-2017 at 10:07 AM.
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