I don't want to go back over a full summer of problems with my town, contractors and DOT. Let's just say they used my property for work, storage, rock crushing and storage of heavy equipment for a period of about 2 years during a road construction project.
When it came time to repair the property I eventually found out that they skim coated the ground with loam, maybe 2", did not scarify or till the ground before spreading the supposed loam, and actually buried 1" of gravel under the loam because the contractor didn't want to remove the pile they left on the property.
Then came the hydro seed. This turned into a giant WTF moment when the hydro seed not only failed, but spread lambs quarters over my entire front yard, about 1/2 acre of land. My wife and I then spent the time to pull as many of the weeds as possible, but the lambs quarters germinated and spread like wild fire. My choice was to rake the "loam" down 2" which brought up the gravel. In the end the ground that was never tilled would not support growth.
I went to the town, the contractor, and the DOT. We had a meeting in my front yard, they all agreed they had destroyed the property and steps would be taken to resolve the issue.
They wanted to scarify the ground. I wanted the ground tilled down 7" and did that with my 30 tiller and the X580.
I wanted the large rocks and boulder gone. I did that with my landscape rake and my X580.
They brought in 156 cubic yards of first class quality loam and used a Link Belt loader to roughly spread the loam. The Link Belt couldn't get up the hill. I spread the hill with my X580 48" blade.
No, the X500 series is not an X700 series equal, but IMO it has done more than I thought it would, and if spreading heavy loam up hill is any indication I'm all set for the snow on the way this winter.
I smoothed the ground after raking with a 52" box blade.