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    Best size straight blade for the 1025R

    I'm looking at adding a 3 point straight blade (AKA, scrape blade) to my implement arsenal, but I'm debating on what size to look at.

    I'm finding all kinds of used 6' blades locally, but I'm wondering if I wouldn't be better off with a 5'. Not having used one or access to one to borrow to play with, I figured you knowledgeable folks might have some input.

    I'm mainly going to be using it for grading on our place. I realize a box blade may be a better option for that kind of work, but I don't see paying 2x or more as much, plus the straight blades have the ability to pivot and I can use it to clear snow when the occasion arises.

    Appreciate any helpful info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRedshaw View Post
    I'm looking at adding a 3 point straight blade (AKA, scrape blade) to my implement arsenal, but I'm debating on what size to look at.

    I'm finding all kinds of used 6' blades locally, but I'm wondering if I wouldn't be better off with a 5'. Not having used one or access to one to borrow to play with, I figured you knowledgeable folks might have some input.

    I'm mainly going to be using it for grading on our place. I realize a box blade may be a better option for that kind of work, but I don't see paying 2x or more as much, plus the straight blades have the ability to pivot and I can use it to clear snow when the occasion arises.

    Appreciate any helpful info!

    In case there's any other terms that might be used and to clarify, this is what I'm looking at....

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    I my opinion, you would be fine with 6'. I want mine wider than my wheel tracks even when angled.
    I use a 7' on my 2032 just for that reason.
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    If I could only own one it would be the rear blade which I use way more then the box blade which is still needed/used. I have a 8 ft blade on my 4044M that way it is wider then the wheel base angled and I can then cut snow wider on each pass with out driving on the berm if I want to. Glad I went big for grading and moving snow.

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    For heavy dirt work I’m going to say 54”. Any bigger and all you will get a lot of wheel spin with a 10xx.
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    Also keep in mind if you want to spin the blade around to push with it while you are backing or backblade driving forward, if it's too wide you won't be able to clear the back tires when you try to rotate it into the desired position.
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    Everybody is giving you great advice that I agree with. Personally, I have a 5' rear blade on my 1026R. I use it for snow duty, so far no dirt work....so far. I think the 5' is a good size. You might have to take smaller bites with dirt work, but it does spin completely around, so that is a plus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonyPark View Post
    Everybody is giving you great advice that I agree with. Personally, I have a 5' rear blade on my 1026R. I use it for snow duty, so far no dirt work....so far. I think the 5' is a good size. You might have to take smaller bites with dirt work, but it does spin completely around, so that is a plus.
    I'm going to second the recommendation for a 5-foot blade. True, when the snow is light and fluffy you would have no problems working with a 6-footer but with heavy wet snow or ice you can have a hard time getting enough traction to get the longer blade through the snow. Notice I said traction. The 1025R has plenty of engine HP for a larger blade but keeping the tires hooked up with the ground is the biggest challenge.

    I initially had a 6-foot blade on my 2720 and ended up swapping for a 5-footer. BTW - my 6-foot blade spun 360 degrees no problem. Yes, it just barely covers the rear wheels but I have had conditions where I couldn't pull or push even the 5-footer with all the tires spinning - and I have chains on all four tires and liquid filled rear tires.

    I also like the maneuverability of the shorter blade as I have some tight spots I need to work with. I have a 54" snow blower on the front but 90% of my snow clearing work ends up being with the blade lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I'm going to second the recommendation for a 5-foot blade. True, when the snow is light and fluffy you would have no problems working with a 6-footer but with heavy wet snow or ice you can have a hard time getting enough traction to get the longer blade through the snow. Notice I said traction. The 1025R has plenty of engine HP for a larger blade but keeping the tires hooked up with the ground is the biggest challenge.

    I initially had a 6-foot blade on my 2720 and ended up swapping for a 5-footer. BTW - my 6-foot blade spun 360 degrees no problem. Yes, it just barely covers the rear wheels but I have had conditions where I couldn't pull or push even the 5-footer with all the tires spinning - and I have chains on all four tires and liquid filled rear tires.

    I also like the maneuverability of the shorter blade as I have some tight spots I need to work with. I have a 54" snow blower on the front but 90% of my snow clearing work ends up being with the blade lately.


    Well said, and I agree about the 5' being better in tight quarters. I have been using my rear blade more in this weather too with the heavier, wet snow. Actually, that's why I have been nursing a sore back since Saturday.....I turned around quickly in the seat as I was blading off the driveway to see where I was going, and out went my back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I'm going to second the recommendation for a 5-foot blade. True, when the snow is light and fluffy you would have no problems working with a 6-footer but with heavy wet snow or ice you can have a hard time getting enough traction to get the longer blade through the snow. Notice I said traction. The 1025R has plenty of engine HP for a larger blade but keeping the tires hooked up with the ground is the biggest challenge.

    I initially had a 6-foot blade on my 2720 and ended up swapping for a 5-footer. BTW - my 6-foot blade spun 360 degrees no problem. Yes, it just barely covers the rear wheels but I have had conditions where I couldn't pull or push even the 5-footer with all the tires spinning - and I have chains on all four tires and liquid filled rear tires.

    I also like the maneuverability of the shorter blade as I have some tight spots I need to work with. I have a 54" snow blower on the front but 90% of my snow clearing work ends up being with the blade lately.
    I agree with Jay on this, a 5 footer is definitely better for a 1 series IMO, but I also work in tight spaces with mine so the 5' works much better for that as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    I agree with Jay on this, a 5 footer is definitely better for a 1 series IMO, but I also work in tight spaces with mine so the 5' works much better for that as well.
    To be honest... I kind of feel silly as all my advice was based on snow use and I see the OP was primarily interested in grading.

    The good news is the recommendation for a shorter 5-foot blade is probably even more applicable for dirt work with a 1-series.
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