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Hello everyone,

As we are getting ready to move in to our new house with a pretty long gravel driveway, I am beginning to look at potential implements that will help me maintain the driveway (while giving me seat time :greentractorride::thumbup1gif:) and keep it nice and smooth (since we are already getting ruts, although it's not done yet either). I did a lot of searching the last week or so, and have seen a lot of good discussion on the type that uses 2 tilted blades, but couldn't find any discussion on anything similar to the type below.
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I know a lot of people like the other type and have had a lot of success with them, but I see a potential benefit of this design too in that it will move the material side to side more quickly to help fill ruts and pot holes. So, has anyone used one like this?

Whatever I end up doing, I will be building it myself as I have access to materials that are dirt cheap if not free, and an entire machine shop of tools to build it. My thought is to kind of combine the two styles. It would have the two sharper V's like the first example above to move material side to side quickly. My thought is that the second V would be raised slightly too so that it lets some material under it as it pushes it back out rather than only creating two mounds at the ends of the V. Then, instead of the rounded back, I could have a tilted blade at the back like the typical land plane that I've seen around here to help smooth everything out nicely.

On the other hand, once I get it smoothed out nicely, as long as I keep on top of it, a regular land plane/grader would be all I would need, I wouldn't need the aggressive movement of material of the above designs.

I'd love to hear anyone's suggestions and comments, since this type of implement is pretty new to me, I just want to make sure I end up with something that will work well. Thanks!
 
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I have personally not used either type of land plane. However, I have seen models like the red one and the yellow one perform very well doing track maintenance at tractor pulls, the family pulls a pair of John Deere G's. After every hook the scraper fills in the ruts with the loosened material in front of the pan, and then a roller compacts that material. This is on a dirt track, I'm not certain how they would perform on gravel, but I suspect the same. They look to be much lighter than a land plane / grader, if it bounces too much weight could always be added.
 
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Not sure how well it would work on gravel, but suspect it would work better on dirt. I currently use a rock rake for initial smoothing and then switch to a 3pt 2 section harrow for the final smoothing. Works for me and I can use them for other things too.

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The red one is close to ones I have seen here. One guy uses his for the tractor pulls and works fantastic. The other hauls ground up concrete or asphalt and fine grade with his. To only problem I have noticed is the material will over flow the angle plates. You have to be very close to finish grade. But work great. Bob Cat has a attachment much like those but uses it on the front of the bob cat for spreading black top soil or sand for drive way sand walks when using pavers. Wel worth the investment or make one your self
 

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After 30+ years of taking care of my driveway,,,
I have found I will not use any attachment that will disturb the crown of the driveway.

I use either a blade or a landscape rake to move edge material towards the center.

NEVER disturb the crown,,,,:flag_of_truce:

Now, to clarify, my driveway is almost continuously on a grade.
If I loose the crown,,, water will wash ruts.
The crown pushes the water quickly to the edge.

The three tools pictured look like the perfect thing for a flat driveway,,, :dunno:
 
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After 30+ years of taking care of my driveway,,,
I have found I will not use any attachment that will disturb the crown of the driveway.

I use either a blade or a landscape rake to move edge material towards the center.

NEVER disturb the crown,,,,:flag_of_truce:

Now, to clarify, my driveway is almost continuously on a grade.
If I loose the crown,,, water will wash ruts.
The crown pushes the water quickly to the edge.

The three tools pictured look like the perfect thing for a flat driveway,,, :dunno:
You can always tilt the 3ph to maintain the crown.


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You can always tilt the 3ph to maintain the crown.


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Or work solely on one half at a time to prevent flattening of the crown.

If the implement and the tractor are on one side of the slope from the crown the grade of the drive and the implement should match and you shouldn't effect the crown either.
 
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Or work solely on one half at a time to prevent flattening of the crown.

If the implement and the tractor are on one side of the slope from the crown the grade of the drive and the implement should match and you shouldn't effect the crown either.
True

I tend to keep the right side about 1" lower. It seems that with the rains that to road will start to lose its crown on its own so I go down the right side and come back on the other right side.


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