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    Rear Blade vs Box Blade for working the driveway

    I'm in the market for a solution to work my driveway and debating on whether the rear blade or the box blade would be the best attachment for my 1026r. At one point I was sold on the box blade as I was going to rely on it as ballast too. However, I have since picked up some used 70# suit case weights along with a heavy hitch bracket so ballast solution is solved when using snowblower and FEL now.

    So with that said, I'm at odds as to what attachment would likely work best for me to grade my driveway. Driveway is a winding, steep, 250' long driveway made up of a gravel base with a topping of driveway mix (crushed stone & p-stone). The top of driveway has about 800 sq ft of landing area in front of the garage doors. I usually have to bring in at least 1 tandem load of driveway mix every 2 or 3 years mostly due to crowning from the top of the descent to 3/4 of the way down. The crowning gets bad enough where my lower clearance vehicles will drag.

    I have a buddy that purchased a 60" box blade when he purchased his new 2025R JD a few years back. He got the box blade for working his driveway. He has since told me that he now thinks a rear blade would have been a better attachment.

    Wondering what others would suggest for an attachment for this specific use. I really wouldn't have any other use for either attachment that I could think of at the moment. I have a snow solution with both front blade and blower.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions/recommendations.
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    I guess the question I would ask is whether your crown issue is from the center of the driveway heaving, from the tire-track lines sinking or from gravel being kicked out of the driveway entirely?
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    I don't own either but was looking into getting a box blade and found this video on everything attachments page to be pretty helpful to see some of the stuff you can accomplish with one.

    http://www.everythingattachments.com...raper-s/85.htm


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    Never buy anything you can borrow.That said I'd talk with your buddy to see if you have the rear blade and he has the box blade to borrow as needed between the two of you.
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    gravel drive

    Trust me on this that a scraper is good for rough work a box blade is great to move and fill but for a lever and almost perfect surface a level plane is the only way to achieve a great lever surface. You can crown the drive with the blade then finish with the plane
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    As Alton Brown used to say on the TV show "Good Eats",,,
    there is no room in the kitchen for a uni-tasker.
    A land plane is pretty much a uni-tasker,,

    That said,,, I may build a land plane,,, but, at the price they ask, I will never purchase one.

    My driveway is 1/4 mile long,, I have maintained it since 1982,,, 34 years come April.

    What I have learned is it is important to keep it undisturbed as much as possible.
    Crowned, no pot holes, stable.

    NO #57 gravel on any part of my driveway that has any grade, up, down, or to the side,,,
    #57 gravel never settles,, it is always loose,,, forever!!
    I do not like #57's on curves, either.

    I do use a product called mill run,,, it is like 57's with many other size stones also.
    The mill run can not be put down "thin",
    probably about 3" is the minimum it will tailgate out of a truck.

    I have a box blade, and a regular blade,,, and I have resisted acquiring a land plane.

    My go to tool is the blade,,,



    A roller is my other really liked tool.,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    As Alton Brown used to say on the TV show "Good Eats",,,
    there is no room in the kitchen for a uni-tasker.
    A land plane is pretty much a uni-tasker,,

    That said,,, I may build a land plane,,, but, at the price they ask, I will never purchase one.

    My driveway is 1/4 mile long,, I have maintained it since 1982,,, 34 years come April.

    What I have learned is it is important to keep it undisturbed as much as possible.
    Crowned, no pot holes, stable.

    NO #57 gravel on any part of my driveway that has any grade, up, down, or to the side,,,
    #57 gravel never settles,, it is always loose,,, forever!!
    I do not like #57's on curves, either.

    I do use a product called mill run,,, it is like 57's with many other size stones also.
    The mill run can not be put down "thin",
    probably about 3" is the minimum it will tailgate out of a truck.

    I have a box blade, and a regular blade,,, and I have resisted acquiring a land plane.

    My go to tool is the blade,,,



    A roller is my other really liked tool.,,,

    I agree the price is way to much. A couple of 4 foot long 4-6 inch C channel for the runners and three cross pieces at the width you like. Then a 3 pt hook up but make the top connection a chain for a floating connection and your in the business. Add corner bracing. Not hard to make one at all It does not move a lot of gravel like a box but is not intended to. Have you ever considered using slag as it breaks down it back very hard.

    Also have seen recently when rebuilding roads here they are using a large rototiller and adding dry concrete to the mix to stabilize the base better
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBMI View Post
    I agree the price is way to much. A couple of 4 foot long 4-6 inch C channel for the runners and three cross pieces at the width you like. Then a 3 pt hook up but make the top connection a chain for a floating connection and your in the business. Add corner bracing. Not hard to make one at all It does not move a lot of gravel like a box but is not intended to.
    Have you ever considered using slag as it breaks down it back very hard.

    Also have seen recently when rebuilding roads here they are using a large rototiller and adding dry concrete to the mix to stabilize the base better
    There is no slag available around here,, I have used shale (slate?) it is randomly available,,
    at the supplier's "whim",,, when they feel like dynamiting,,,

    I did consider a Harley Rake,,,



    In my case,,
    I can buy probably 10 years worth of mill run for my driveway for the cost of a Harley rake,,,
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    I have a blade and a box scraper with adjustable scarifiers. I use both, but could Not do without the box scraper.


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    I'm please with my box blade , it doubles as a ballast weight and with the tines and can grade with it , garden also. It's a multiple choice attachment.


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