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So thanks to the always helpful advice from the fine folks here at gtt I've decided to pull the trigger on the land pride GS1560 landplane to keep mine and my parents in-laws long gravel driveways maintained. I was going to go pick it up this past weekend but my fiancé told me to wait as she's already put a deposit on one for my birthday next month. My question is..... Does anyone have any experience or helpful tips that's used a land plane that might save me some time during the learning curve? The model I'm getting has four scarifiers and is 60" wide and will be pulled by my 2320. Thanks in advance for the help and advice.
 

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I built a 10' one recently. I just drop it and go. They are awesome. Only adjustment really is the toplink. It'll set the front vs rear angle. Sounds like you have a great fiancé too

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Thanks, she's an incredible woman. Hence why I snatched her up! How do you crown your driveway? 3pt arms or adjust the blades?
 

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Thanks, she's an incredible woman. Hence why I snatched her up! How do you crown your driveway? 3pt arms or adjust the blades?
As great as the land planes are, (nothing better for road and drive maintenance IMO) you are going to have a real tough time crowning a drive with one. Even though the cutting edges are typically angled, in reality the material moves very little in a side ways motion. With mine it is only about an inch with each pass. So that would be a lot of passes to actually get anything crowned. You might want to think about getting either a rear blade or a landscape rake in addition to the Land Plane Grading Scraper(LPGS) to do that sort of grading.

As far as a learning curve, while they are relatively simple to use, if you learn how to make full use of your 3pt adjustments for the different conditions on hand, things will get done quicker, faster and better.

I have no idea of how much you need to take care of, but a hydraulic top link is a very useful addition to most all 3pt hitches, especially when it comes to grading.

Good luck. :good2:
 

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So thanks to the always helpful advice from the fine folks here at gtt I've decided to pull the trigger on the land pride GS1560 landplane to keep mine and my parents in-laws long gravel driveways maintained. I was going to go pick it up this past weekend but my fiancé told me to wait as she's already put a deposit on one for my birthday next month. My question is..... Does anyone have any experience or helpful tips that's used a land plane that might save me some time during the learning curve? The model I'm getting has four scarifiers and is 60" wide and will be pulled by my 2320. Thanks in advance for the help and advice.
They're very difficult to use unless properly broken in. With that said I have some reclaimed land that needs some rough gradin' so I'll volunteer to get her ready for you. I'll pick it up, break her in and deliver it ready to put to work............OK?

Seriously though, seems like many folks have had good luck them but like with any other 3PH mounted implement I've used in the past it will take some practice before you're comfortable with it. Top & Tilt adjustments will be necessary to "crown" the drive.
 
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I really appreciate the offer superglidesport but I'm not sure it's Mass compliant due to it's four scary fiers. Just kidding!
I understand the tilt need for crowning and it does have independent left and right side blade height adjustment but other than being good and level what does the top link have to do with forming a crown?
 
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I really appreciate the offer superglidesport but I'm not sure it's Mass compliant due to it's four scary fiers. Just kidding!
I understand the tilt need for crowning and it does have independent left and right side blade height adjustment but other than being good and level what does the top link have to do with forming a crown?
You may need to make a bunch of passes to form the crown.
Here's what i did with my box blade..
Adjusted the arm down on the right side to put more pressure on ditch. I also dropped the right side scarifier to loosen up the ditch material.
I made many passes and each time the BB got loaded up from cutting the ditch edge i would drive into the center and slowly pick it up and distribute the fill in the BB onto the crown while still moving.
Made many passes this way until the crown was built up.
Then you can go back, adjust your arm back to level the implement, and make your long grading passes leveling out your dumping passes and blending it all together.
Just work from the sides to the center so you keep your crown.
 

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So it almost sounds like the "low skill" option to crown a driveway would be to get it into good condition (no ripples, no potholes, etc) with a land plane and then crown it with a rear blade (on the theory that since you're just crowing an already smooth and loose drive, you're not likely to mess things up). Is that a good idea?
 

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So it almost sounds like the "low skill" option to crown a driveway would be to get it into good condition (no ripples, no potholes, etc) with a land plane and then crown it with a rear blade (on the theory that since you're just crowing an already smooth and loose drive, you're not likely to mess things up). Is that a good idea?
It certainly would never hurt to have it free of potholes when you start.
I don't have a land plane so i was merely relaying what i did with my box blade. I'm sure the same principles could apply.
Providing you have width room to work and your land plane isn't so wide as it reaches from ditch to other side of proposed crown. Then it could be a little tough.

Here's what i started with. Rutted up, no crown.

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Adjusted the BB down on right side to cut the ditch better and also dropped the far right ripper.

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Made many many ditch cuts on both sides of driveway and pulled the excess into crown a spread dumped it like scraper or like unloading the blade on a road grader. Then using blade and bucket leveled it all through.

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Used the bucket to spread the crushed concrete concentrating on the crown and feathering it to the edges.

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Don't get me wrong. I do this kind of stuff for a living, although not with a little tractor a box blade.
But the same principles apply. You merely need to use what you have to strive to get the results. These tractors are more than capable of doing cool super useful things and projects.
I would love to have a land plane too. It seems they are ideal for long pass maintaining with their long sides. Less chopping occuring than with a box blade.
Just another implement to add to the dream list i suppose.
 
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