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    Default Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    I have a local dealer that is selling new Tufline 8' box blades for $995. That is about 1/2 the price of the major brands. Do you get what you pay for? How do they compare strength wise, are they junk, etc...?

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    Default Re: Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    I don't really know what they're building now, but in 1995 I bought a Monroe Tufline box blade that was one tough strong blade.
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    Default Re: Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    Bird,

    Thanks for the info. I will have to take a closer look.

    Rick

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    Default Re: Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    Tufline makes tuff and durable equipment. I bought a 6.5 ft tufline box blade 4 years ago that has been used with a 40hp tractor in 4whdrive on numerous occasions to clear brush and push down small sapplings. I have not folded the box blade with this use. Take a close look at the equipment, you will recognize quality when you see it.

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    Default Re: Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    What is the construction like? Side wall thickness, scarifier beam, 3 point hitch area, etc?

    Prices are all over the place, but so is the way they are built. Typically, you will pay 2-4 dollars a pound for implements depending on brand and type. So that box is probably in the 500 pound range? If so, that is pretty light for an 8' box. For comparison, my 6.5 ft box is over 950#. (and still too light)

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    Default Re: Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    I looked them up

    Landscape TB Series Box Scrapers - Monroe Tufline

    The TB296 is a pretty light duty box that is ok. It will bend up behind a decent tractor when it hits roots and rocks. The weight of 893# is just too light to be strong enough for rugged use. Probably fine for dragging gravel and moving pre-dug or dumped soils. Your M95 will turn it into junk before you even notice you hit a rock or root! The TB496 is a good looking hunk of iron. At 1642# it is strong enough to be used for any purpose and will live happy as a pig in politics for many many years. But, the TB496 is not going to be cheap. Quality rarely is.

    jb

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    Default Re: Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    Quote Originally Posted by john_bud View Post
    I looked them up

    Landscape TB Series Box Scrapers - Monroe Tufline

    The TB296 is a pretty light duty box that is ok. It will bend up behind a decent tractor when it hits roots and rocks. The weight of 893# is just too light to be strong enough for rugged use. Probably fine for dragging gravel and moving pre-dug or dumped soils. Your M95 will turn it into junk before you even notice you hit a rock or root! The TB496 is a good looking hunk of iron. At 1642# it is strong enough to be used for any purpose and will live happy as a pig in politics for many many years. But, the TB496 is not going to be cheap. Quality rarely is.

    jb
    John Bud,

    I appreciate your advice. I drove about 45 minutes away to the dealer yesterday to look at the one he had in stock. I was the TB296 ecomony model: no scarifers, no replacable cutting edge and it look way to flimsy for my tractor. Needless to say there was no purchase. For right now I think that I'll keep an eye out for a good deal on a used one that is heavy duty. Thanks, Rick

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    Default Re: Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    Gene, with almost all implements, you get what you pay for. You just got yourself a big heavy tractor. In order for any implement to hold up behind the 95, it is going to need to be very heavy duty. Heavy duty = lots of $$$$ for everything. All part of having big heavy equipment. About the only way that I know of to save some $$$$ is to buy used. If you have my luck, you look & look & look, give up and buy new, then the next week there are used ones every where.

    Such is life, good luck.
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    Default Re: Are Tufline Box Blades and Good??

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnViewRanch View Post
    Gene, with almost all implements, you get what you pay for. You just got yourself a big heavy tractor. In order for any implement to hold up behind the 95, it is going to need to be very heavy duty. Heavy duty = lots of $$$$ for everything. All part of having big heavy equipment. About the only way that I know of to save some $$$$ is to buy used. If you have my luck, you look & look & look, give up and buy new, then the next week there are used ones every where.

    Such is life, good luck.
    Brian,
    Thanks for the advice. I will wait to find a heavy duty used one. A cheapo new one will not last an hour behind my tractor. I also need to sell some smaller equipment to make some room in the barn and fund the new stuff. Rick

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