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Well I finally found a good used box blade. Its a 6 foot Howse. Its an older one, made in the USA, and in pretty good shape minus the paint. Both cutting edges are still sharp and I have a lead on some new ripper teeth from a guy at work. Its the heavy duty model with the heavy big hitch plates and it also has a hinged back blade. So my question to you guys, should I do a full on restoration of it to get it looking a bit nicer, or just power wash it and leave it as is? I would like to take a flap wheel to all of it and paint the black parts black again and the box portion green.... But on the other hand, its perfectly usable as is, and once I change the lower pins out for some that arent so rusty and get another top pin itll function 100% as it should. Part of me wants it to look nice and shiny and "new" but the other part knows it will just get all scuffed up using it. So opinions wanted! And here are a few pics. Also, has anyone used a box blade of this size on a 2520? I really would have rather had a 5 footer and not this 6 footer but he told me it was a 5 footer and I didnt even realize it to be a 6 footer till I already had it loaded in the bed of my truck. I have used it some but not enough to really know if my tractor will handle it. I know a 5 footer would be better sized to this tractor but for moving gravel the 6 footer sure is nicer.
 

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I'd clean it up, do any modifications necessary to make it quick hitch compatible, paint, and replace hardware (lift pins, pins in the ripper shanks, ...). While it's definitely a utility piece, it still makes sense to protect your investment. ?

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You'll be able to pull it, but probably not near loaded. Taking smaller bites will produce satisfactory results.


My vote? Not a full-on resto, but clean it up and rattle can paint it.:good2:
 

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It will make a good ballast but there is no way a 2520 or for that matter a 3520 will be able to use that thing effectively. It will take at least a 4 series to be able to move that BB fully loaded.

Paint it up, sell it and get a smaller one. A 4' is what you need with the rippers down and the box full.
 

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It will make a good ballast but there is no way a 2520 or for that matter a 3520 will be able to use that thing effectively. It will take at least a 4 series to be able to move that BB fully loaded.

Paint it up, sell it and get a smaller one. A 4' is what you need with the rippers down and the box full.
My 2720 routinely will easily pull a fully loaded 4' BB with no issues, but it's not as wide as the tractor is. That in itself is a pain in the butt. I think the 5' is the ideal size for the 25/2720 tractors.
 

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It will make a good ballast but there is no way a 2520 or for that matter a 3520 will be able to use that thing effectively. It will take at least a 4 series to be able to move that BB fully loaded.

Paint it up, sell it and get a smaller one. A 4' is what you need with the rippers down and the box full.
Might depend on what you use it for.
Mine's a Woods 65", that I use to rip up our road every year. When you say full, not sure if you mean the box is full of material? I have the rippers all the way down, and can drag the box completely full of material all day long.:)
 

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I like my 60" Priefert BB. It sticks out just enough that I can scrape along stuff really close...such as a sidewalk. My 2520 will pull it fairly well if it is loose/dry dirt....but if the soil is wet it can stop it in its tracks. The Priefert is a pretty deep BB and holds quite a bit.
I think a 55" would be the best compromise
 

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Might depend on what you use it for.
Mine's a Woods 65", that I use to rip up our road every year. When you say full, not sure if you mean the box is full of material? I have the rippers all the way down, and can drag the box completely full of material all day long.:)
My 3320 wont drag a 5' box blade full of dirt up a very good grade. On flat ground or down hill its perfect. If you are only using it with light material or always down hill or flat the 2x20 series may be adequate but for WV land the 2 series is too small for a 5' BB...period. Its just too light to get any traction.
 

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I think my plan is clean it up and paint it. Replace the lift pins and all harware with clean new grade 8 stuff. It will get a few teeth replace and I will just rattle can it. I dont have a QH so this works just fine on my CAT 1 3 PH. I would rather get a 5 foot blade but this one was too cheap to not buy. Time will tell if its too large for my tractor. I feel it is for heavy dirt work, but for spreading gravel I think maybe it will work just fine. I will keep posted on my final decision. I have a driveway to fix this coming week and I will know more after doing it if this blade is too large or not.
 
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