I have a 600' driveway graded on a hill with shale and item #4 that is always in need of a little TLC. It has drainage ditches on the sides but it always wears in the tire treads and loses it's crown over time. Having recently purchased a 1026R I'm looking at the best tool to keep the driveway in shape. I also have a Ratchet Rake that I've found useful for many chores and I can accomplish this job with the Ratchet Rake but I have to do a lot back and forth to pull the material from the sides to the center, then grade.
I'm very used to operating an FEL but never used a three point hitch. Is an adjustable landscape or York rake a more efficient tool for this job? What brands, models, and sizes do people like for this size tractor? Is a 6' a bit too big to grade item 4 or is 5' better for the 1026?
JD claims their tines are of a more hardened steel than the comparable but less expensive models from TSC and others. The salesman said the tines will stay straight on the JD and the cheaper ones will bend over time. Is it worth spending more on a JD or York for such a attachment? Of course I want the best bang for my buck but I prefer quality over cheapness. I'll probably use it two or three times a year on my driveway and a few neighbors. I don't see too many on Craigslist in my area and I'm wary of all the Cat 1 fits for the subcompact. Any suggestions? Thanks.