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I ordered 5 yards to loam today to fill the low spots in my yard. I went through the 5 yards and still have some spots left. I was just going to use a box blade and take down the high spots. I’m trying to make it as smooth as possible.

Last year I tilled everything up and seems like some spots heaved/settled pretty good from the winter. The difference in height is probably about 1-2 inches.

I’m wondering will the 1025r have enough pulling power to be able to do this if I use a 54” Box Blade or should I stick to the 48”? The yard is still soft from all the rain and snow melting but I'm guessing after next week it will be time to start cutting the grass.

I attempted to use the front bucket today to do this and I defiantly don’t have the hours/skill to be able to have it come out as I want.

Also I have turfs so I feel that I may loose traction but plan on using 4wd and also do have chains I could put on the back tires.
 

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Depending on how soft it is and you are afraid of the tires slipping I would use the smaller box. I wouldn't want to put chains on as they can dig up parts of the yard you don't want to regrade or have the chains get packed with dirt or grass clumps and make a mess. I have a 48 inch box for my 1025 and as long as your are just taking off a few inches I don't see why you would need chains just for those few inches. I have to do the same thing to my yard but mine is mostly filling in the areas that settled. I raised almost half of my yard last year and I knew I would have to bring in some good clean fill. You mentioned you didn't have the skill to use the FEL but with practice it will come. You can always try using your FEL on a area to start with and then use the BB to finish it. The leveler on your tractor is your friend for digging and back dragging. Start with it level and just slightly tilt it to start digging your high spots. You are basically skimming the surface to take off a inch. Once you get it down to where you want it or slightly lower dump your excess and then back drag your pile across to fill in and make level. Same concept when back dragging. Just some tips I use when using FEL. Either way being in 4x4 will help tremendously and I only use 2 wheel on mine when mowing or cruising between my house and the neighbors. Good luck and post pics. We all love pics on here. Lol
 

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I've filled up my 48" box blade with dirt and gravel and it was having a hard time moving it in 4wd and Low range. It did it, but I think the bigger may be overkill if you filled in the box all the way.
 

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Depending on how soft it is and you are afraid of the tires slipping I would use the smaller box. I wouldn't want to put chains on as they can dig up parts of the yard you don't want to regrade or have the chains get packed with dirt or grass clumps and make a mess. I have a 48 inch box for my 1025 and as long as your are just taking off a few inches I don't see why you would need chains just for those few inches. I have to do the same thing to my yard but mine is mostly filling in the areas that settled. I raised almost half of my yard last year and I knew I would have to bring in some good clean fill. You mentioned you didn't have the skill to use the FEL but with practice it will come. You can always try using your FEL on a area to start with and then use the BB to finish it. The leveler on your tractor is your friend for digging and back dragging. Start with it level and just slightly tilt it to start digging your high spots. You are basically skimming the surface to take off a inch. Once you get it down to where you want it or slightly lower dump your excess and then back drag your pile across to fill in and make level. Same concept when back dragging. Just some tips I use when using FEL. Either way being in 4x4 will help tremendously and I only use 2 wheel on mine when mowing or cruising between my house and the neighbors. Good luck and post pics. We all love pics on here. Lol

Great thanks! I was able to back blade no problem and it turned out well just have to use the front more often oh also it's a little tricky with irrigation heads too. I've gotten quite good at replacing those! I'll post some pictures in the morning.
 

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I've filled up my 48" box blade with dirt and gravel and it was having a hard time moving it in 4wd and Low range. It did it, but I think the bigger may be overkill if you filled in the box all the way.
Good to know I'll stick to the 48 too bad everywhere around me wants over 1k for the Frontier model... they say they don't sell many so they would have to order it. I wonder why!
 

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Thanks I think I've seen a bunch of driveway related ones from searching the past few days but given my lawn I can not use the rippers only the blade part. If you do a search in google with this at the end site:www.greentractortalk.com it will give you hits as well but lets you organize it by date or however you want to find the info needed. Too bad the custom one can't do that from the forum as it's helpful if your looking for something that is a newer model or older or such
 

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I have a 48" and a 60" bush hog box blade. I used both of them non stop when I cleared about an acre and 1/2. For really using the BB in all its capacities, the 4 footer is a better fit. had to go a little easier with the 60" or it would bog down the rig. The 60" was nicer for finish work, eg: front tilted up for smoothing, front titled down to take light shaves etc. I would think a 54" would also be a nice fit. I posted some pics of the land I'm "polish grading, now.
 

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I started with a 60" box blade. Yes, when it was full it would stop the tractor, half full - no problem. I replaced it with a 54" because the 60" was not Quick Hitch compatible.

The width that the blade covers is more important to me than being able to drag it around full up. I would expect that there is not much difference in the volume of material that you can move between the different sizes, one will just appear more full than the other, but the larger one covers more ground.
 

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Good to know I'll stick to the 48 too bad everywhere around me wants over 1k for the Frontier model... they say they don't sell many so they would have to order it. I wonder why!
They are expensive! I got lucky and found mine on Craigslist in a different state. He had just posted it. Maybe yo can find one too. Hebought it to build a play park on property he didn't own and then couldn't and he didn't need it for his place so he sold it to me for 600! I scored because he was a fellow veteran and he wanted it gone! So I will send you good vibes on you getting one for a deal! Oh I wanted to ask if you had the sprinklers off when you hit them or did you get a free shower? Lol Have a good one! :laugh:
 

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Good to know I'll stick to the 48 too bad everywhere around me wants over 1k for the Frontier model... they say they don't sell many so they would have to order it. I wonder why!
Mine was $600 and I had several dealers quote that. Go in and tell them that's the max you'll pay or you're going to give Tractor Supply your money right now.
 

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Picked up a 1025R Wednesday with loader and Frontier 2060 Box Blade. Did a lot of research and became concerned if it was too big. Expressed my concerns to the dealer and he said if it didn't work out they would take care of it for me. First project was fixing my 700 feet of driveway. Long story short the tractor never lost traction nor did it feel like there wasn't enough power and I had the box full of gravel pretty regular. Only thing I noticed with the extra width was when one side of the box was loaded and the other was empty it would raise unevenly.


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Did some more back blading unfortunately I keep forgetting to take pictures so here is one of one of the areas I had to level its one of the smaller spots. I didn't have to do the whole yard just some spots. And thankfully no shower! Was a geyser though! And thanks for the input looks like the I'll be ordering the 54" EA blade going to bring it to the parents yard to level it off after I take down a few pine trees in a few weeks.
 

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