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    Good morning everyone. First post regarding my upcoming purchase. I'm looking at a 1025r TLB with 54" deck. I have 4 acres in the laurel highlands of PA. My property is mostly flat, I have about 1 acre cleared where my house sits and 3 acres of wooded property that I plan on building an auto hobby shop with an attached office once I am able to start my own business (Safety Consulting). My one acre has horrible drainage and needs quite a bit of work to bring the property up to grade and remove all low spots.

    My question is, what attachments should I be looking for? I was thinking about a box blade for my large scale grading job, but I'm not sure that is the correct one? My front yard is probably 1/3 of an acre and holds water in all of the low spots for days following each rain storm. I'm guessing I'm going to need about 2-3 tri-axle loads of topsoil to fill it all in and make it level. I have experience working around machinery, I grew up and worked for my grandfather doing residential sewer work a few summers during college. We used a backhoe and landscape rake to make everything smooth and level again, so that is in the back of my mind as well.
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    Loader, box blade, grapple and pallet forks - these are my go-to attachments. Instead of the backhoe I would rent a mini excavator when you need to dig drainage ditches.

    You will find pallet forks incredibly useful since you are building a shop. I recommend you buy a tractor size that can lift at least 1,000 pounds at the pins. My last tractor was a Kubota L2900 (30 HP) that I bought new when I only lived on 2.5 acres, much of it was jungle (this was central Florida) that I cleared and dug a koi pond. Even after that use, the tractor was still very useful on that small place.
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    I would look at a little bigger tractor, maybe a 2 series, but a 1 series will get the job done. I agree on the backhoe attachment, they are expensive and often don't get used a lot but if you think you need one, now is the time to get it with the tractor to start.
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    I plan to look at the 2 series, but not sure that it's the right thing to do financially at the moment. A lot of my initial work will be in woods cleaning up the property in addition to my grading project. I understand that the excavator will do a better job at trenching, but i think i have enough work to keep the backhoe busy for a while with the drainage and the small stream that runs along the back of my cleared lot. I would love to have all of those attachments listed above, but at the moment, i am only interested in what attachment will help me best with my grading project; however, the pallet forks may be worth discussing with the dealer. I have a quad with a plow that can help with some minor dozer duties, although not ideal for the tasks.

    So, all of that being said, box blade, land plane, rear blade, other options? I will be dumping topsoil on top of existing grass on the low spots (most of the front yard) and grading from there. I was thinking that a tiller may be a decent investment, but i don't think i'll use it outside of this project and cutting in a road to get to the back of my property.
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    Where did you find 4 acres flat in the Laurel Highlands.
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    Welcome to the forum Mike. I am guessing we are fairly close if you are in the “Laurel Highlands”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HVACguy View Post
    Welcome to the forum Mike. I am guessing we are fairly close if you are in the “Laurel Highlands”.
    That was my guess , either to you and Big Jim or closer to my area
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    I have a land plane and land scape rake for my 3025E. I also have a box blade I have used with my JD 400 GT. Here are my comments.

    The box blade is great for moving a fair amount of dirt and doing a decent leveling job but it takes a lot of effort to be really good with a box blade, plus it really helps to have height control as an option on our tractor. The 1E is used from my buddy didn't have it, the 1R series might. My 3E series has it.

    The land plane is really good for smoothing out and leveling land. It only takes about two inches at a time so you need to be close when you use this implement. The land scape rake is great for removing debris and will smooth out the land very similar to a land plane. My rake doesn't have a wheel kit, everyone on here suggest one but that drives up price.

    I also have a drag harrow and will sometimes use it (it's kind of a PIA to set up) as a final smoothing implement. You can also use it to get smaller type debris off the area you are smoothing but then you have to stop and pick all that out of the harrow and lay it back out again.

    If you can only get one implement then I would get either the plane or rake and use your FEL bucket to move the dirt and do a rough smoothing.

    As far as a tractor goes you may want to look at the 3E series. You can get them with a BH. They lift right around 1200lbs with the FEL. They will be less money than a 2R with all the bells and whistles. a 1 series is great but due to its size that will mean your projects will take longer. For your yard, it might be more economical to farm that out to someone with a skid steer. It probably would be faster for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    That was my guess , either to you and Big Jim or closer to my area
    Just outside of Johnstown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69project View Post
    I have a land plane and land scape rake for my 3025E. I also have a box blade I have used with my JD 400 GT. Here are my comments.

    The box blade is great for moving a fair amount of dirt and doing a decent leveling job but it takes a lot of effort to be really good with a box blade, plus it really helps to have height control as an option on our tractor. The 1E is used from my buddy didn't have it, the 1R series might. My 3E series has it.

    The land plane is really good for smoothing out and leveling land. It only takes about two inches at a time so you need to be close when you use this implement. The land scape rake is great for removing debris and will smooth out the land very similar to a land plane. My rake doesn't have a wheel kit, everyone on here suggest one but that drives up price.

    I also have a drag harrow and will sometimes use it (it's kind of a PIA to set up) as a final smoothing implement. You can also use it to get smaller type debris off the area you are smoothing but then you have to stop and pick all that out of the harrow and lay it back out again.

    If you can only get one implement then I would get either the plane or rake and use your FEL bucket to move the dirt and do a rough smoothing.

    As far as a tractor goes you may want to look at the 3E series. You can get them with a BH. They lift right around 1200lbs with the FEL. They will be less money than a 2R with all the bells and whistles. a 1 series is great but due to its size that will mean your projects will take longer. For your yard, it might be more economical to farm that out to someone with a skid steer. It probably would be faster for sure.
    This is perfect, just the info i was looking for. Thank you. I have an old bed frame for a daybed that i plan to use to do final smoothing. I did something like that in the past when I just used my quad to fill in and smooth an excavation project that I had at my old house. I'm thinking that the box blade may work better. I think my wife's uncle has a rake for his BX that I'm pretty sure he'll let me borrow.

    Regarding size, i don't think the larger 3 series tractor will be the best for me long term, although I could see something like the 2025r working as well for my initial needs. After all of my initial projects are done it will be a lawnmower, snow removal, and mobile wheelbarrow. If i decide I need bigger when it comes time to build my garage, I'll have to readdress the situation then.

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