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    let's talk about box blades

    I'm looking for one to help regrade our yard. I'll be spreading about 25 yards of soil. It'll mount to a 2038. Is it preferred to shop for a blade that's the same width of the tractor or a foot wider? Also any opinion if it's worth the extra cost for a floating tailgate on the blade?

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    in my opinion ......

    bigger and heavier is better as long as you have enough tractor to pull and control it.....i have seen in other threads where guys with smaller tractors buy a lighter weight BB and hang weights on it .......mine is big and heavy but so is my tractor..

    heavy allows the BB to control the dirt vs the dirt controling (floating) the BB

    mine has a floating tail and i never use it i leave it pinned fixed ...may be my ignorance but im not sure how it would help
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttazzman View Post
    in my opinion ......

    bigger and heavier is better as long as you have enough tractor to pull and control it.....i have seen in other threads where guys with smaller tractors buy a lighter weight BB and hang weights on it .......mine is big and heavy but so is my tractor..

    heavy allows the BB to control the dirt vs the dirt controling (floating) the BB

    mine has a floating tail and i never use it i leave it pinned fixed ...may be my ignorance but im not sure how it would help
    Good point on the weight, for this project the soil is sand but in other projects the material will be clay and occasionally stone.
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    I have completly worn out my BB twice.

    Swapped the blade edges once and just noticed the other side is gone...

    Were talking a 5 or 6 inch wide blade worn to the bolt heads in the middle.

    It had 4 rippers...down to 3..ripped the mount clean off and collapesd the tube slightly in that area.

    Mine is 60" ..as is my bucket..mower..and wheel track. I would Not want one Wider.

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    I'll probly be buried with or by it...its my favorite go to getR dun tool.

    Has probly loogged @ least 20 miles on my 1/2 mile driveway as well as making flat ground where none exist on my steep prperty. Has a huge chunk of RR track 60" welded across the top /rear as well as a trailer hitch.

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    I have a 6' BB on a 2038R, it's all that the machine can handle and if you're being aggressive it can stop you in your tracks. I wouldn't want a bigger one and I wouldn't want a smaller one. An extra 100lbs or so wouldn't hurt it, but I'm not sure I'd want more added than that.
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    5 foot Frontier box blade on a 1025r working clay, soil and gravel road . . . love it and it is a beast

    Nothing broken so far
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    I got a 66” wide from Everything Attachments for my 2038r. Liked it covering my tires plus some so if I’m turning it’s covered. My soil is softer so not really dealing with clay. So far when not ripping 50/50 if I need 4wd engaged to pull it. When ripping you definitely need 4wd. The 66” had the same number of rippers as EA’s 60” so I didn’t think it would take any more effort to pull in the typical worst case. Maybe I’m doing it wrong but when ripping I drop the rippers all the way down and rip only. Then I’ll lift them up and let the box fill.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Auguste View Post
    5 foot Frontier box blade on a 1025r working clay, soil and gravel road . . . love it and it is a beast

    Nothing broken so far
    The BB i have is heavy enough that i do not add extra weight . . . but I am in no big rush . . . I kind of baby my 1025r most of the time

    90% of the time I do not use the rippers as I have too many large roots, 150 year old maples . . . I am leveling above the roots
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    I have a 2038r with a 54” EA Box Blade. Wish it was about 12” longer but a 60” would have been better. Had the 54” from my old tractor.

    Only issue is when I am angling. It tends to be shorter than my width and makes it harder to work.

    72” IMO would be too much for the tractor if pulling a box of dirt.


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    Thanks for all the feedback, I'm settled on 60 or 66" width and a fixed tailgate. Might add a little weight so it doesn't float over the soil. There are only a few blades for sale locally on Craigslist which is a bit surprising so I can't be too picky. If at all possible I want to avoid buying new and it would be good to find one where parts are available locally. Maybe I'm overthinking that last one because aside from the rippers and the cutting edge I don't think anything is replaceable.

    There are a couple Land Pride blades that I'm interested in, anyone have one that can offer their opinion?
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