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What is the optimal box blade weight and size (4 ft, 5 ft) for a JD 1025R? I have been using a heavy 5 ft box blade. My JD has zero problem lifting it or pulling/backing with teeth on or off but as far as controlling the height adjustment... very hard because of the box blade weight. Also, the “C” clip (always right side) that holds the 3 point hitch arm to the Hyd pump comes off after awhile. The tractor has been to JD Shop to fix three times. Very worried the clip(s) will come of again.


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If you want to "dig" hard soil,, the 4 foot is too big,,

If you want to move a little gravel, the 5 foot is fine,,
 
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If you want to "dig" hard soil,, the 4 foot is too big,,

If you want to move a little gravel, the 5 foot is fine,,
This is it in a nut shell. On my x738 the lightweight 48" box blade works great. The downward control on the hydraulics is very touchy, even with the "lightweight" (still 300lbs), and its easy to overshoot your target. Just takes practice to get used to just bumping the lever down. Alternatively you could adjust the downstop on the 3ph so it goes to the same height every time.

Much of the digging action of the blade comes from the weight of the implement itself, you should use the "heavy" style box blade on your tractor.
 
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Alternatively you could adjust the downstop on the 3ph so it goes to the same height every time.

This is a very handy device for blading and feathering gravel in a constant mode.
 

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I original bought a 5' box blade and traded it for a 4 footer. The 5' one proved to be too big and heavy for my 1025R when I had a full box of dirt. Had to stop, back up, lift the box to partially empty it and then procede to wash and rinse, wash and rinse...........well you get the idea.
 

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I agree with Greg, I have a 4' for my 2025 and as I've said in other threads, it performs well. I know I could probably pull a 5' but when you have to raise the implement to release some material the performance is gone.
 

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I'll throw my 2 cents in...I have the 60 inch and have no problems with it. I used it this weekend on my 1/4 mile long driveway with no issues. Yes, it will bog and slow down the tractor, but the key is to keep the rpm's at lest 2500 and use four wheel drive. Also when using it on a driveway to fill pot holes or to level out, you will not be filling the box all the up. I have also used it to make a "road" around my propriety and I had the box pretty full and had no issues with it.
 

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I have a 72 inch Box Blade and at times my 4044M has bogged down pulling it in material that was thick and soft making a road. Once the box was full and over flowing I would have to raise it a little and leave some to keep it going in 4x4. Most of the time it was not a problem. Never stopped the tractor but the tires started to spin a little and I knew it was working hard. I would not get a smaller one cause I like it as wide as my tractor.
 

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I'll throw my 2 cents in...I have the 60 inch and have no problems with it. I used it this weekend on my 1/4 mile long driveway with no issues. Yes, it will bog and slow down the tractor, but the key is to keep the rpm's at lest 2500 and use four wheel drive. Also when using it on a driveway to fill pot holes or to level out, you will not be filling the box all the up. I have also used it to make a "road" around my propriety and I had the box pretty full and had no issues with it.
The 5 ft that I am borrowing does exactly the same as you described with the one exception of the “C” clips that hold the 3 point hitch arm to the Hyd pump keeps coming off for some reason.


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