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    Will a box blade be enough to fill ruts?

    I have a 1025r and want to use it to repair ruts that have developed over 30 years of atv use. Will a box blade cut into most soils enough to allow me to fill the ruts? I bought a Piranha blade and installed it on the bucket but I would think a box blade would fill in the ruts better.

    Please give me your suggestions. I donít own a tiller or box blade yet and I have an asphalt driveway so the only use for the box blade would be on 10miles of trails
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    A box blade should do fine. I full in potholes on our gravel road with mine. With 10 miles of trails you'll get a lot of practice and learning. If you're using the scarifiers, tree roots and big rocks are what's going to really need your attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylew View Post
    A box blade should do fine. I full in potholes on our gravel road with mine. With 10 miles of trails you'll get a lot of practice and learning. If you're using the scarifiers, tree roots and big rocks are what's going to really need your attention.
    Agreed, I can’t think of a better implement for that. The only question I have is once you have all that loose material are washouts going to be a problem?
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    Yes, the box blade will work great. After the learning curve, you will make the trails look great like a pro!

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    Box blade should do the trick. You may stop your 1 series cold if you take too much of a bite or hit roots. You will probably find that you will use your FEL as well to cut down the ruts. I have done one pass on my trails with a land plane and noticed a big difference. My trails are brand new so very crude to be honest but it did make a noticeable improvement. I am going to assume a box blade would be even better and more maneuverable in the woods than a land plane. Ten miles of trails is a lot of work, bring a snickers bar and extra can of fuel!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    Agreed, I canít think of a better implement for that. The only question I have is once you have all that loose material are washouts going to be a problem?
    Agreed.....the issue will be the loose material once you get it level. You will have to take the four wheeler's over it allot to pack it in once leveled.
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    Thanks for all the information. Iím not too concerned about the loose dirt. Most of the areas have been a problem because of very wet weather some years. I just need to get the dirt and some class five into some of the low areas. There is about 10 miles of trails we use but some is high ground so there is very little trouble there.

    Just learning how to operate the tractor. Dug my first small stump out and will work on 3 more this week.

    Now to find the right box blade, I would guess a 5 footer would be the right choice. I see Fleet Farm in my area usually has King Kutters at a good price but Iím not sure they are category one implements
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportshot2 View Post
    Thanks for all the information. Iím not too concerned about the loose dirt. Most of the areas have been a problem because of very wet weather some years. I just need to get the dirt and some class five into some of the low areas. There is about 10 miles of trails we use but some is high ground so there is very little trouble there.

    Just learning how to operate the tractor. Dug my first small stump out and will work on 3 more this week.

    Now to find the right box blade, I would guess a 5 footer would be the right choice. I see Fleet Farm in my area usually has King Kutters at a good price but Iím not sure they are category one implements
    You want one that will cover the width of tractor tires, I think a 4 foot one will do that with a 1 series. Just remember the wider the box, the more dirt it captures which is great to a point. There is a fine line with a 1 series on how much bite it can grab on each pass and be fine and when it will struggle. I think either size will work for you but you might find the 4 footer easier to deal with. The width of your trail should also be a planning factor.
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    I researched this a fair amount last year as to what width and what brand to buy. I had come to the conclusion a 5' would work, but it would easy to overload and I'd have to back out and start over often. So I narrowed it down to a 54". For the money, the 54" offered by Everything Attachments appeared to be the best value and features.

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    With 10 miles of trails I would buy the heaviest one I could find. Weight in a box blade will transfer into how long the implement will last in my opinion.
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