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    I'm new to having a few acres instead of city lot and I have a kubota B2320. I need to know what attachment would be best for me to buy to do a lot of grading on gently rolling hills and some flat areas which all was grown over with brush/scrub from property being unused for several years prior to me buying it.
    I am guessing the box scraper would be best but I may need to turn everything over before I can regrade and I may need to move large amounts of soil around or bring in a few semi loads here and there. Hopefully I am providing enough info for someone to give me some good advice. All will be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: grading for large lawn areas

    Till it up and make a drag to go over it to level all. Do it more than once or twice if you you are going to mow in comfort!
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    Default Re: grading for large lawn areas

    How many acres and how much time do you have? If you have an FEL and a box blade.You can move allot of ground. Just not very fast. You could move a tandem load of topsoil, to grade in two hours After you break up the ground with the box blade scarffers. I would rent a power rake for a couple of days. Power rakes can knock down high spots fast. Again, it comes down to area,time, and money.
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    Hey Egon, forgive me for being a city idiot but all my previous experience with tractors was a small bobcat using the front loader to grade after backfilling around repaired foundations. I need to know what to buy to do the work right on my land and I'm not sure if I need a tiller attachment AND the box scraper....anything else?
    Is my little 23 horse enough to do the work? So far it seems like a good machine

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    I work from home so I'll find the time to do the work. Also, playing on the tractor and working my little 4.63 acrse in my spare time is the greatest therapy for me and I plan on enjoying this land for the rest of my life, unless I win the big lottery and then I'll have more land and bigger toys

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    I really do need to ask questions like a new guy. What do you mean "make a drag"? And what attachments should I buy. TSC should be able to get what I need and the prices are reasonable. Also, I'm patient and will buy what I need when I have the money

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    Default Re: grading for large lawn areas

    Terry, Box blade (scrapper) is a very useful attachment. Tiller is also great and has many uses. That would be a great start. Some kind of a rear drag would be useful to. Just make sure the box blade, tiller are wider then your tractor. I made a great cheap lawn drag from a 8 foot length of chain link fence with a length of channel iron on both ends. Hook a chain on it and drag it around
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    Tery, TSC has a good boxblade. Here is mine. Check Craigslist for what you want also.
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    Default Re: grading for large lawn areas

    nuffer, thanks for the info! Let me ask you, I understand the lawn drag now and I have a good workshop to fabricate such a tool but I don't mind buying new if new is significantly better than me making what you describe. Should I wait to tackle the start of this project until I have tiller and scraper at least? I might be able to buy them the spring. I have a creek splitting the property roughly in half and could work on the half with house on it first and take soil from north end but might have to hire larger loader and dump to bring it faster where I want it and then do the fine tuning with my kubota

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    Default Re: grading for large lawn areas

    Something I do before getting serious is to just take the top sod off leaving nothing but fresh dirt to work, skim it off after tilling just the top. It will make the job so much easier in the end.
    After tilling it up I like to take a 2X6 or 8 about 10 ft long and bolt it to the loader cutting edge and use that for a drag. By backblading the humps into the lows you can move a lot of material and the wider blade makes leveling a breeze. As you move the humps down to new ground, just till it again to loosen it up and move it. As you are moving the material to the lows the tractor will do some compacting. After you think you have it, till the whole thing again and relevel. It takes some time to do it to a finish, but this is what works for me. Good luck.

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