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Hello everyone!
I am brand new to this forum, but have had my JD 1026 for three years now. Have a number of attachments, including a great 3rd party 3 point hitch backhoe. Anyway, I'm looking for an idea on how to deal with what I call my annual driveway glacier. I have a front and rear blade and was thinking that a serated wear blade (like you see on the road graders) would be great to attach to the rear blade. Problem is I can't find something like that anywhere.

I've tried all kinds of things. I even tried my box scraper but it chewed up the gravel too much.

The driveway is about 300 feet long with a substantial parking pad. I have used 3/4 limestone crusher.

Open to other ideas people may have.

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I have a very similar driveway. The key is to prevent the ice buildup from happening. This can only be accomplished by cleaning the driveway down to bare gravel after each snowfall. If I allow any snow to remain to "build up a base" as many recommend the only thing that happens is the snow eventually melts down to form a thick ice layer that is then nearly impossible to melt or remove. One time that I didn't scrape it down I had about 2" of ice that made it impossible to even walk to the parked vehicles. I eventually had to purchase about 200 lbs of sand and spread it around just so we could walk.

My plowing technique for the past 20+ years has been to use a rear blade and push backwards with the curve of the blade. This allows me to carefully scrape down to the gravel with very minimal gravel collection. The last few years I've also started placing marker sticks along the driveway to further help avoid pushing any collected gravel into the grass.

While I still scrape a bit of gravel on occasion, the process works well. As long as I expose the majority of the gravel the sun does a good job of melting it out.
 

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I deal with an 850' driveway with an intersection which is mostly #2 stone. I deal with ice every winter for most of each winter. I've tried scraping the ice off with my loader and tooth bar and have had minimal results.

I just keep a layer of anti-skid on it (especially the steep part) and deal with it. You need 4WD to get out of my driveway in the winter.

Luckily our rural mail carrier has a little 4WD Honda. Other than that I make arrangements for my UPS and FedEx drivers.

This has become more and more of an issue the past 5 years or so. We seem to be in much warmer winter systems. When it used to snow like it's supposed to in winter I didn't have near the problems I do now with ice.
 

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I am in Wisconsin and every few years we get rain at the wrong time and it freezes. This is one of those years. There just isn't much you can do. That ice can be as hard as concrete.

You can try the box blade and lower the teeth a notch to scrape the ice. As you noted it can dig up the driveway a bit. I have a Pirhana tooth bar on my bucket and that helps a bit if the ice is over a layer of snow, but solid ice it doesn't do much. I have used it in small areas such as the front slab outside my entry doors as an ice chisel. It is not practical for large areas.

The best solution that I can think of is scrape it as good as you can and salt and sand the heck out of it. I have thought about buying one of those seed spreaders that mounts on the 3 point to spread salt and sand.

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Unless your driveway is 100% gravel putting salt on it will cause problems come spring time.
And it takes LOTS of salt to do any good. The one year I tried combating the ice with salt it just bored tiny holes where each salt granule was and did very little to weaken or melt it.
 

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And it takes LOTS of salt to do any good. The one year I tried combating the ice with salt it just bored tiny holes where each salt granule was and did very little to weaken or melt it.
I helped out out township one summer which has all dirt roads. I got to see first hand what a mess is made with salt and especially calcium.
 

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My driveway is 1/2 asphalt 1/2 reclaim asphalt. A can keep the real asphalt clear not the reclaim. Its melted from 2" of ice down to 1" this week but the real stuff has been clear all along.

Sand, cat litter or wood stove ashes are your friend.

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Have tried a lot of these

I always try to scrape down to gravel but I can't seem to get the knack of leaving the gravel on the driveway. Especially for the first few snow falls when the ground hasn't frozen yet. The landscaping doesn't help either as water run from many other high points onto the parking pad slows, and freezes. The water does eventually drain and run off, but in the winter it slows enough that it freezes.

My driveway is 100% limestone gravel, so salt doesn't have any ill effects other than I'd rather not dump 160 KG of the stuff every month and have it go into the groundwater and kill my grass.

My township uses a scraper blade with teeth on it that digs groves into the ice that allows for some traction. I can find site that make these for large industrial graders but nothing for anything that can be pulled by a consumer grade tractor. I know that weight would likely be a problem, but that can be fixed with a little ingenuity. unless someone has a suggestion, I may have to find someone to make one for me. I figure this would also make my salt/sand mix work better.

Anyway, hoping there may still be a good suggestion out there. I am investigating the piranha tooth bar to see what that might do.

Thanks for the fast replies!
 

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Luckily our rural mail carrier has a little 4WD Honda. Other than that I make arrangements for my UPS and FedEx drivers.
our driveway is 800+ feet and steep, we put a large plastic box at the end of the driveway on the level part marked deliveries, Fedex and Ups have figured it out, the USPS is not sophisticated enough to convey that information between carrier's, a real problem this year with all the ice and Amazon using the USPS for deliveries. We have asked Amazon to not ship with USPS and to use UPS, we will pay any extra, not sure if it will work.
 

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our driveway is 800+ feet and steep, we put a large plastic box at the end of the driveway on the level part marked deliveries, Fedex and Ups have figured it out, the USPS is not sophisticated enough to convey that information between carrier's, a real problem this year with all the ice and Amazon using the USPS for deliveries. We have asked Amazon to not ship with USPS and to use UPS, we will pay any extra, not sure if it will work.
Good luck getting Amazon to change their shipping setup. On my gravel I plow it has close has possible the salt it.
 
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our driveway is 800+ feet and steep, we put a large plastic box at the end of the driveway on the level part marked deliveries, Fedex and Ups have figured it out, the USPS is not sophisticated enough to convey that information between carrier's, a real problem this year with all the ice and Amazon using the USPS for deliveries. We have asked Amazon to not ship with USPS and to use UPS, we will pay any extra, not sure if it will work.
Have you looked into Amazon Locker? I recently had to return something and was offered this as a choice. Our nearest one was less than 20 miles away. It was not super convenient, but for a return was easier than scheduling a pickup. It is my understanding that you can have items shipped to these lockers and pick up at your convenience (many available 24 hours). If there is one near enough it could be worth considering.

We have the absolute worse USPS service I have ever experienced. I tried to convince Amazon to mark my account as no USPS delivery. We even had an incident where a prime shipment was not showing "out for delivery" on the 3rd day (Saturday, no less) so I called and complained. I explained my experience with my postal carrier and they offered to overnight a 2nd shipment. They pointed out that they would be using another carrier for a overnight Sunday delivery, so I wouldn't have to worry about it being USPS. Low and behold, the 2nd shipment arrived on Sunday BUT was delivered by USPS anyway. Bottom line, Amazon doesn't seem to have any mechanism to choose another carrier. If the shipping location thinks USPS can get the item them in the allotted time, they will always choose USPS or worse, one of the smartpost/surepost options where UPS/FEDEX hands off to USPS. I am a big fan of Amazon, but hate that they struck this drug deal with the USPS. If it wasn't for Amazon, I think that the USPS might be closer to simply "going away" which based on my experience would not be much of a loss. Rant over :banghead:

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our driveway is 800+ feet and steep, we put a large plastic box at the end of the driveway on the level part marked deliveries, Fedex and Ups have figured it out, the USPS is not sophisticated enough to convey that information between carrier's, a real problem this year with all the ice and Amazon using the USPS for deliveries. We have asked Amazon to not ship with USPS and to use UPS, we will pay any extra, not sure if it will work.
I've been meaning to do that.

My UPS driver is great - he will walk the package down to the house (my house is not the one in the pic but off to the right quite a ways). So now with the MyUPS alerts I know what day he is coming. Since I am always home anyway I just put my tractor up at the end of the driveway and he puts the package in the bucket. I get an alert within 30 minutes (no cell service here) when the package is there then go get it. If the tractor isn't there he still walks the package down to the house.

USPS - we have a rural contract carrier that is also great - she isn't afraid to come down the driveway in her little 4WD.

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Landscape rake?

Anyone try a landscape rake on ice? Someone suggested it, but I'm thinking the nature of the tines would have them bouncing off the ice and only scratching the surface very lightly.

I'm "imagineering" something. If it works, i'll let you all know.
 

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My personal opinion is once its ice its too late. You can beat on equipment trying to catch up but it snowballs from there. Every new snow fills in any grooves and you cant get rid of it.

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Even on a grader with serrated edges the operation will beat the H*LL out of the circle.Ice is VERY hard on equipment.
 

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I was at a John Deere dealer in Jackson Minnesota and they used a big disk on there icy driveway and I was very impressed on how well it did so I went home and dug my little food plot disk out and gave it a shot.
I had about 2 inches if ice build up. After several passes it ripped the ice up good enough to safely walk across it. It made it much safer to drive on also
My disk has notched blades. A standered disk might not work as well
I have a gravel driveway so wasn't worried about driveway damage. I was worried about breaking my disk but lucky for me all I ended up with was some loose bolts
 

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Hello everyone!
I am brand new to this forum, but have had my JD 1026 for three years now. Have a number of attachments, including a great 3rd party 3 point hitch backhoe. Anyway, I'm looking for an idea on how to deal with what I call my annual driveway glacier. I have a front and rear blade and was thinking that a serated wear blade (like you see on the road graders) would be great to attach to the rear blade. Problem is I can't find something like that anywhere.

I've tried all kinds of things. I even tried my box scraper but it chewed up the gravel too much.

The driveway is about 300 feet long with a substantial parking pad. I have used 3/4 limestone crusher.

Open to other ideas people may have.

Thanks!
Jack...
Be very careful with that 3rd party backhoe. You have an aluminum cased tranny. All force is on trany. With OEM there is a large undercarriage put on bolting directly to the frame to transfer forces. Just my 2 cents.

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