As we are getting ready to move in to our new house with a pretty long gravel driveway, I am beginning to look at potential implements that will help me maintain the driveway (while giving me seat time ) and keep it nice and smooth (since we are already getting ruts, although it's not done yet either). I did a lot of searching the last week or so, and have seen a lot of good discussion on the type that uses 2 tilted blades, but couldn't find any discussion on anything similar to the type below.
I know a lot of people like the other type and have had a lot of success with them, but I see a potential benefit of this design too in that it will move the material side to side more quickly to help fill ruts and pot holes. So, has anyone used one like this?
Whatever I end up doing, I will be building it myself as I have access to materials that are dirt cheap if not free, and an entire machine shop of tools to build it. My thought is to kind of combine the two styles. It would have the two sharper V's like the first example above to move material side to side quickly. My thought is that the second V would be raised slightly too so that it lets some material under it as it pushes it back out rather than only creating two mounds at the ends of the V. Then, instead of the rounded back, I could have a tilted blade at the back like the typical land plane that I've seen around here to help smooth everything out nicely.
On the other hand, once I get it smoothed out nicely, as long as I keep on top of it, a regular land plane/grader would be all I would need, I wouldn't need the aggressive movement of material of the above designs.
I'd love to hear anyone's suggestions and comments, since this type of implement is pretty new to me, I just want to make sure I end up with something that will work well. Thanks!