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    Box blade question

    Tried out my new to me box blade this evening. It does a great job but crowning the driveway leaves a curb on each side from gravel spilling out of the box blade. Does this mean I have the box blade angled too steep?




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    Quote Originally Posted by buckteeth445 View Post
    Tried out my new to me box blade this evening. It does a great job but crowning the driveway leaves a curb on each side from gravel spilling out of the box blade. Does this mean I have the box blade angled too steep?




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    2 things could be your problem. Yes you could have it angled to much to the one side. Plus judging from the pic it looks like you have the right side of the tractor lower than the left on what you are grading? That will make the right side dig in more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wentonbrown View Post
    2 things could be your problem. Yes you could have it angled to much to the one side. Plus judging from the pic it looks like you have the right side of the tractor lower than the left on what you are grading? That will make the right side dig in more.
    Just putting a crown in my gravel driveway. It is limestone. The last few rains have made it sloppy in some places where it had no crown.


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    Quote Originally Posted by buckteeth445 View Post
    Just putting a crown in my gravel driveway. It is limestone. The last few rains have made it sloppy in some places where it had no crown.


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    Basically, when you angle the box blade, this is what will happen since you are cutting more material on that side. Essentially, you just have to stop occasionally and bucket some of the excess stone out of the way.

    Once you get the crown that you want in your driveway, then for dress up work, you will run the blade straight since the tractor and blade will be on the crown so then you will just want the blade to be at the same angle as the tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray_PA View Post
    Basically, when you angle the box blade, this is what will happen since you are cutting more material on that side. Essentially, you just have to stop occasionally and bucket some of the excess stone out of the way.

    Once you get the crown that you want in your driveway, then for dress up work, you will run the blade straight since the tractor and blade will be on the crown so then you will just want the blade to be at the same angle as the tractor.
    Makes sense. I think thatís what I was missing. I have a few lumpy areas to touch up this morning. Also I need to cut a couple of short drain ditches where water can flow off into the creek. Iíll angle the box blade for those then level it back out to smooth out in my turnaround area. Overall, the box blade is a superior tool to the back blade I was using before.

    The slow rain we got yesterday and overnight helped keep the dust down and shows all the low spots where water pockets now pool up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by buckteeth445 View Post
    Makes sense. I think thatís what I was missing. I have a few lumpy areas to touch up this morning. Also I need to cut a couple of short drain ditches where water can flow off into the creek. Iíll angle the box blade for those then level it back out to smooth out in my turnaround area. Overall, the box blade is a superior tool to the back blade I was using before.

    The slow rain we got yesterday and overnight helped keep the dust down and shows all the low spots where water pockets now pool up.


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    Yes they are. I have one but do not use mine hardly at all anymore since I paved my driveway. They are really nice when you have hydraulic top and tilt links. This makes there use so much easier since you can change the angle of cut and taper from the seat.
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