Use a Titan Dozer/Snow Blade for Finish Grading Sandy Topsoil?
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    Angry Use a Titan Dozer/Snow Blade for Finish Grading Sandy Topsoil?

    Can I use a light dozer/snow pusher to effectively do light finish grading in sandy topsoil? I also intend to spread and finish grade 2-3" of regrind asphalt millings for a new driveway.

    I have been considering adapting a Titan 79" Skid Steer Hydraulic Dozer Blade/Snow Pusher for use on the FEL on my JD 4105 40 h.p. I intend to fab an adapter for the FEL to adapt from JD Quick-Tach to the skid steer bracket.

    I have looked at the Hvy Dty 6-way skid steer Dozer blades offered by several different manufacturers but they seem way too heavy to use on my FEL and definitely out of my price $ range.

    The 79" Titan skid steer blade is listed as a dozer blade/snow pusher with a 1/8" thk moldboard and a reversible 4"W x 7/16" cutting edge. It has 1 hydraulic cylinder which will position the blade 28 degrees left or right. I intend to extend my rear remote hydraulics up to the front with hoses to position the blade with the rocker switch on the FEL T handle control. The blade is equipped with a blade trip system w/two compression springs that can be adjusted up to maximize the resistance to trip when an obstruction is encountered. The complete blade assembly weighs in at 570 lbs.

    You guys up north have had way more experience operating snow blades and plows than this old East TX Muleskinner! I figured y'all would be the ones to ask if I would be wasting my time and money trying to use a snow blade to finish grade work. So what do y'all say

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    If it was me, I might start by asking the manufacturer. Thry may err on the side 9f caution and say no but if they call it a "dozer blade" it sure sounds usable

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    What's stopping you from using the "right" implement, a land plane, box blade, or 3pt blade? I could see doing what you're doing if you could use the blade all winter long on snow, but buying it just to see if it works for this seems like a stretch.

    Personally I'd buy a land plane if I were in your shoes and know my dollars would go towards something that would work.

    I built a loader mounted snow blade similar to what you're considering, and between the height, angle, roll, and shoe settings it will be very difficult to grade anything in a repeatable manner.
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    Even if it is strong enough, it's not likely to work well. The geometry probably just going to get you all jammed up. I've been spreading topsoil with a box blade (both directions) and it IMO superious to pushing anything with the loader.
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    A landplane would be the cat's meow and a box blade a second choice.

    A good used 6' box blade shouldn't be that hard to find or that expensive.

    Either will give you a much better result in a lot less time.

    For one thing, you can see your work as you are moving with a rear implement.


    Now if you are like me and want to fiddle with something, add a top & tilt hydraulic cylinders to your 3 point and you'll really like playing with the box blade.
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    The OP hasnít stated what machine he is using.

    A 2WD lawn tractor?

    A 4WD 150hp farm tractor?

    This will make a huge difference in choosing the proper implement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    The OP hasnít stated what machine he is using.

    A 2WD lawn tractor?

    A 4WD 150hp farm tractor?

    This will make a huge difference in choosing the proper implement.
    I believe he said it was a 4105.
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