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    Platinum Member Sackett2's Avatar
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    Default getting a box blade!

    Won the bid on e-bay; 72" for 102.50. its a lighter weight one without the option of a removable cutting edge. I just need one for light driveway maintenance so this will be fine... and the cost.
    e bay number300269767085
    Sackett aka "Steve"
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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    Well Rick, you didn't ask any questions - so one must assume you are interested in comments. I'll take the liberty of offering two:
    1. I hope you're going to pick it up yourself. $175 is big bucks for in-state delivery of a $102 item.
    2. One glance at the A-frame straps is enough to conclude that you should pull this boxblade only. Trying to push anything substantial with it - especially behind a 43hp tractor - will soon pretzel the A-frame.

    Having said that, you might want to consider gusseting the vertical flatiron of the A-frame against the diagonal lift braces - before anything gets bent.

    //greg//
    Last edited by greg_g; 11-06-2008 at 11:17 AM.
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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    I think you may have got ripped off even at 100 bucks.

    The rear blade looks like it's just folded over 3/16 metal like the rest of the construction. That will wear down very fast. Your tractor will destroy it fast, even just pulling it with the light construction. You have a welder? A buddy with one? A porta-power? You hook a root or a rock and it will twist easily behind a 40+ hp tractor.


    Sorry to rain on your parade, but with BB's you do often get what you pay for. But, when you get it, please post up more photos. I would like to be wrong about this!


    jb

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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    The picture is no longer there, so I can't see it. I bet its not that much different from a typical United or KK, at least not much worse. I think the problem is not the 'cheapness' of the unit but the tractor size. I think it said it was rated to 35hp, which is probably a stretch. On a 20 hp tractor it would probably be perfect, but if his tractor is 43 hp and 4wd, he's going to have to be real careful with it.

    For grooming a driveway, probably no problems and a good deal. But if doing any serious dirt moving or excavating, it will need to be handled with care.
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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    Good Mornin George,
    I cant imagine a 20 hp tractor pulling a 6 ft boxblade and doing any real work with it. But I do agree that if he has a welder or knows somone that can beef it up with additional plate, that may be a good option !

    In any event good luck with your new implement !
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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    I think if you sign in, you can see closed items. I have to dis-agree on that 20hp tractor point. It is a 72" wide box and that is too wide for most 20 hp tractors, unless you are just moving mulch or fluffy top soil from a pile.

    Maybe my assesment is too dismal. Could be. My opinion is from using a 30 hp kubota and seeing what forces are generated by hitting rocks and roots. If he has neither, it may be ok. maybe.

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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    Quote Originally Posted by scott_vt View Post
    Good Mornin George,
    I cant imagine a 20 hp tractor pulling a 6 ft boxblade and doing any real work with it. But I do agree that if he has a welder or knows somone that can beef it up with additional plate, that may be a good option !

    In any event good luck with your new implement !
    Just like with the 45 hp tractor, it depends on what you're going to be doing. By all accounts it looks pretty light, so dragging gravel with a 20 hp would probably be just fine and being light it probably isn't going to engage all that well either. Not ideal for either one, but unlikely to be destroyed by a 20 hp anyway.
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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    I'll try to address all comments:
    The e bay place is only 8 miles from my house- no shipping. I drive past the place to work every day.
    I have a 41 HP tractor.
    I am "Steve" not Rick
    I realize it's a cheaper model, but I'll play with it around the house, on the driveway some- don't need the rippers as much. If I find it to be more than useful AND it gets tore up- I'll buy my a nicer one. I don't expect it to do everything- but at 102.50 I'm not out much.
    Sackett aka "Steve"
    TSgt, USAF Ret. 1981-2001
    2008 Montana 4344HST
    4' Brush Hog; 6' rear blade; 6' box blade

    "Thanks for the tractor Rick"
    In memory of my brother
    Richard A. Hansen 1961-2008
    SSgt, USAF Ret. 1980-2000

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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sackett2 View Post
    but at 102.50 I'm not out much.
    Bingo. If there are no additional shipping costs this is at least worth a try at only $100.
    George
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    Default Re: getting a box blade!

    It looks much like the BB I got.
    For $100 you can go a little slower to not do so much damage.
    Your tractor could probably damage a $1000 BB if you hit the right rock at speed.
    Enjoy the BB and your savings. Its not as if these things are space age disposable.
    You can do a lot of beefing up and strengthening for what you saved.
    Kubota B7610 with LA352 FEL (markham toothbar), B4672A BH, Bro-tek thumb, BE-5' Box blade, Jinma Chipper

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