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    Grading My Driveway?

    I'm in the process of purchasing a 1026R and I am trying to figure out the best way to regularly grade my gravel laneway that is about half a mile long to get rid of pot holes, etc. I'm debating between:
    - a box blade,
    - a drag scraper,
    - a rear blade,
    - or a front blade.

    Any recommendations or insights? Any particular brands or pieces of equipment to recommend?

    Finally, will the 1026R be powerful enough?

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    A box blade or a "land plane" would be the best solution. Check this link out: Frontier LP10 Series
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    Another welcome to the DT fun KT!

    Quote Originally Posted by kthomason View Post
    Finally, will the 1026R be powerful enough?
    Kenny steered you right on the proper equipment.

    But, I will add that the 1026R will do the job just fine. Do not over size the box blade though. I think Deere recommends a 48". A 60" will work for the loose gravel but in dirt work it will be a bit much with a full cut and rippers.
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    As Randy stated,don't oversize if you opt for a boxblade. A 48" will work just fine with that machine. Anything bigger, you'll be disappointed.

    I am trying to figure out the best way to regularly grade my gravel laneway that is about half a mile long to get rid of pot holes
    IMHO,the box blade will work the best. I use one for this exact task. When it comes to "repairing" potholes,digging them up is the best way to get rid of them,and that is where the rippers on the box blade come into play. This is my first full year using it on our gravel lane which is 3/10 of a mile,and it has performed beyond my expectations.


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    I had a 2305 with a 48" Frontier Boxblade. My driveway is not long but it is mostly clay and needs constant attention in the spring. the boxblade works great. I also had a 54 front blade on also and that makes a great combination. Goodluck

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    a dr power rake may also be a option here is the link http://www.drpower.com/Power-Grader....CV7qj4zbEj1bEL
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    In my opinion, a drag scraper will be the best for a gravel lane. I made my own land plane/grader which also works very good with gravel.
    I also use a rear blade so I can scrap the sides back toward the middle.

    Attachment 4596

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uceod816nck

    The advantage of the longer plane is you will eliminate ripples. The box blade, front blade and rear blade are affected by the tractor as it goes up and down through low spots. I now use my 2210 which has more power and traction than the 455. The hydraulic lift is handy when the gravel gets too deep.

    Works for me,
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    I am going to respectfully disagree with the above opinions that a box blade is the best tool to maintain the driveway. Until this year I was maintaining an 800 ft gravel driveway.

    The box blade is great for rough work and creating new roadway and filling in major ditches and wet spots. It's terrible for leveling and maintaining. First of all, it doesn't angle which turns out to be very usefill to fill in the ruts. Second you don't need the scarifiers for maintaining and it seems more of a waste. It is good however if the middle gets over grown with grass and you want to rip it out and relevel the driveway and not move stone around.

    I used a landscape rake almost exclusively although a york rake would be easier. When spreading new stone, either the landscape rake or the angled blade works better than the box blade. I like having the angle blade and the landscape rake for routine driveway work but If I could only afford one it would be the landscape rake.

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    If you can't afford a land plane or box blade, then a rear blade should be an affordable compromise.

    A lot of times I use mine with the up/down angle pin removed so the blade floats over terrain instead of making heavy cuts. Then I rotate the blade 180-degrees for a finish pass.

    Depending on the landscape rake make and model, I suspect the same technique could be used as well.

    Having a top-n-tilt setup on your three point hitch will give you more control too.

    What matters is finding the right tool and technique for you and your conditions.
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    Driveway

    I have a 1026R and use a 48" box blade. It works excellent. I also use the box blade as a counter weight and it works great on landscaping.








    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    If you can't afford a land plane or box blade, then a rear blade should be an affordable compromise.

    A lot of times I use mine with the up/down angle pin removed so the blade floats over terrain instead of making heavy cuts. Then I rotate the blade 180-degrees for a finish pass.

    Depending on the landscape rake make and model, I suspect the same technique could be used as well.

    Having a top-n-tilt setup on your three point hitch will give you more control too.

    What matters is finding the right tool and technique for you and your conditions.

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