I've seen about a zillion posts on box blades but every circumstance is unique. I'm starting the evaluation process on box blades now that the ground is getting softer with more regular rain. I'm not committed to buying this fall and could wait till next spring if need be.
My machine is a 4720 which is capable of managing a box blade far larger than my budget. I also am working up and down substantial grade. My land was partially lumbered years ago and the skidsteers that did the work left their mark in many spots. That and I have several percs to backfill and grade. My budget is ~$1300.
I set this limit because its close to what I get a Frontier 2172 with which seems a respectable unit (hinged reverse blade, heavier than most, etc..) - I'm not fixated on Frontier or a model exactly like the 2172... it's just a attractive reference point. Going larger is both more expensive and makes navigation in the woodland trails challenging. I'd consider going bigger but I'd need a darn good reason.
The intent is to level rutted trails, smooth and fill in lumpy lawn/fields, landscaping around a build site and gravel road maintenance.
A flat section of rutted trail. I have trails far worse than this on steep grades.
I'd really like to hear what the forum thinks given the grade, and cost constraints. I'm not familar with too many other brands offerings in the box blade dept. nor do I have much experience with them so your input will almost certainly help!