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  1. #1
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    Preston, Idaho
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    Yanmar 1401

    Default 4\' rear blades???`

    I have a YM1401 tractor, and am thinking of buying a 4' rear blade. I debated getting one made, and the guy that does all my welding ( I call him my "welding butler"), said that he could make one for about $100.00. But, I still have to get it painted. So, I want to know whom makes a 4' rear blade, and where can I get one? I know that it will be more than having one made, but the quality will be more.

    Thanks in advance.

    Aric YM1401[img]/w3tcompact/icons/king.gif[/img]

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    Kubota L1-20 DT

    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    Aric

    On the other side of the world here I bought one for about $700 = say $400 US. It is aheavy duty model as far as 4 footers go and has offset functions etc.

    I doubt I could break it. It seems very well built.

    I could have got a cheaper one without all the offset functions etc.

    Cheers

  3. #3

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    Armada, Michigan

    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    Aric...we've been selling the Wallace rear blades. They have a 4'. Check out their blades, <A target="_blank" HREF=http://wallacemfg.com>http://wallacemfg.com</A>

    Vince

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    John Deere Model 670

    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    If I may, I'd like to offer a consideration. I have a small tractor and wanted to get a 4-foot blade. I was advised to get a 5-foot one and now believe that I received good advice. You probably want a blade that is wide enough to cover the rear wheels. When the blade is perpendicular to the tractor, a 4 foot blade does this; however, if you set the blade at an angle, it probably won't cover the rear wheels. My 5-foot blade at an angle barely extends far enough on each side to cover the wheel tracks.

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    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    I'm also looking at buying a rear blade. GlennT is correct that the wider blade ensures that the blade "covers the rear wheels" when angled, a very important consideration. But there are many times when you will want to extend the blade well beyond one rear wheel such as when maintaining a road ditch, pulling loose gravel back into the middle of the road, or pushing vegetations and loose soil off of the road shoulder. If you want to be able to do these things, you will need a blade with offset adjustment. The Woods RB 72 I've been looking at can be offset 12" to either side, and some the the better models utilizing a "swing beam" can be offset up to 32" or more.

    Has anyone had experience with the Woods RB series blades (their economy line)? How about other brands with adjustable blade angle, tilt, and offset in the $400 range for a 72" blade?

    Thanks.

    -Scott Matyac

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    kubota/b2910

    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    scott
    i have the rb 60 which i was told could offset by the old woods web site ( it cannot and the site has since been fixed)! other than having no offset its great. does everything i could want it to and it has yet to break.

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    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    Glenn

    Blade width also has something to do with the amount of grunt and traction you have available to push it.

    I thought about that also. My 4' blade is slightly narrower than my wheel track (with reversed wheels). Not a good thing I know.

    But what I do know is that I often run out of traction with this blade.

    A 5' blade would give me 25% more weight to push and I reckon I'd run out of traction WAY too early.

    Cheers


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    Kubota L3200, Ford 1210

    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    About a month ago the Tractor Supply in Carlisle PA had a number of rear blades they were trying to unload. I chose a 6' for the B7500 for under $150. The cutting edge is welded on, and not reversible like their new line. It looks much more sturdy than the 5' blade I bought at Central Tractor about 8 years ago. The new blade feels like it weighs twice as much, and the pivot is a lot more beefy.

    The main use will be for snow, so after a few test drives next Winter (providing we get more snow than last Winter) I'll see how it works. If it's a bit much for the tractor, it won't take long to make it shorter................chim

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    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    So TractorBarn, how much is this 4' blade with shipping? I live in Preston, Idaho....83263 zip code

    Thanks,

    Aric YM1401 [img]/w3tcompact/icons/king.gif[/img]

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    Harrisburg, Illinois
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    MF 165, Kioti 2554

    Default Re: 4\' rear blades???`

    Several good points have been made regarding rear blades.

    The simplest rear blades offer weld-on mild steel cutting edges, bent rather than rolled moldboards, and some are even non-adjustable for angle. From there the sky is the limit - bolt-on reversible high carbon cutting edges, roll formed moldboards, angle adjust, offset adjust, tilt adjust, hydraulic controls, end plates to mimic box blade function, guage wheels, skid plates, and on and on.

    Not trying to confuse the issue here, but rather to give insight as to options. Several companies offer many, if not all of these options, Woods and Land Pride come to mind. Others offer the options which most people consider.

    Perhaps other TBN'ers could provide input as to the features they like the most in their favorite model.

    Of course, I would be remiss if I neglected to say First Choice offers a wide selection of rear blade models and options [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img].

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