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    Tiller or box blade?

    I have approximately 2.5 acres of yard that I mow and it is rough. It had gardens, buildings, ditches, septic tanks and the like that were not landscaped afterward so I'm left with humps and low spots throughout. What is the best first implement to get for my 1025 to start this reclamation process? I would like to do small sections at a time so as to not have one big mud hole when it rains.

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    I hate to say it, but you may wants both. The tiller to break up the existing grass and roots. A tiller will smooth the surface somewhat, but will not really move much dirt from one place to another. I could have used a blade so many times already! I should have bought one years ago! Best of luck with your project!
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    Welcome to the forum, Sparkster121. Lots of knowledgeable people here with experience. I wouldn't have any advice on this but I would think as Randy Lang said break it up first then level & smooth. You may want to look at a land plane also as part of the process.

    Good luck.
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    As a person in a similar situation as you I decided to go with a box blade first. It is cheaper and has more uses than a tiller.
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    Do you have a front loader Maybe loads of topsoil level with box blade
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    Having both will definitely make life easier but it can be done with just the box blade.

    Cut your grass as low as it will go. Then lower the rippers in the BB and rip it many times in different directions. Then after all of the dirt is loose start grading it with the rippers up.

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    I should have mentioned that I do have the standard rear blade and FEL already.

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    I say one or the other but what's the use, you're going to end up with both. Tiller won't level the ground out after it's used the way you want so if it's one you want...box blade.
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    I recently bought a box blade and have been extremely impressed on all that it can do. I don't have the tiller so I cant really comment on it. I wish I would have bought this box blade MANY YEARS ago.. so easy to use and so versatile.
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    Ok, just for fun, I be the contrarian. The OP already has a rear blade.

    Once my soil has been tilled, it is EASY to level or do whatever I want to do to it.
    After tilling, I could pull a simple harrow, or 4x4 cross-ways with a chain attached to each end, etc. Anything like this would level the soil after it is tilled.
    The rear blade would do the job too.

    So, I vote tiller. Tillers do an amazing job, even on sod...as long as conditions are right. Not too wet, and not too dry.

    Of course, if you have no garden, and no long-term use for a tiller, then I might 'switch sides' :-)

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