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    Default Re: Need boxblade buying advice

    Quote Originally Posted by galaxie428 View Post
    There are other ways to add weight without paying for the extra costs of thicker metal. I got a pretty reasonable price on my United BB and with its construction, I could easily add more weight to it if I ever need to. So far, I am happy with the job it has done.

    I guess my opinion is that if you have the extra money laying around and it is buring a hole in your pocket then pay more for a heavier BB but if you are like me and don't have the extra cash then you can easily add weight for next t nothing.
    While what you have said may very well be true, A 1000lb box blade will take far more hard use than a 500lb box blade with 500lbs of weight stacked on it. So yes when you start out both may give you similar results, but when the going gets tough, the 500lb box is going to fail in some manor. It just is not as strong.
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    Default Re: Need boxblade buying advice

    While what you have said may very well be true, A 1000lb box blade will take far more hard use than a 500lb box blade with 500lbs of weight stacked on it. So yes when you start out both may give you similar results, but when the going gets tough, the 500lb box is going to fail in some manor. It just is not as strong.
    That is a true statement and I see your point. I guess I did not explain that very well because in my mind I was thinking an additional 100 lbs, the OP was asking about 3/8 side plates which is not going to make up that much weight vs something slightly thinner like 1/4. I do not know how the OP plans to use his BB so depending on his uses, he may very well need something thicker.

    I have a pretty good feel for my limits and the limits of my equipement so I don't try to exceed those, in my case and for my uses, I would feel perfectly fine adding some extra weight vs a few extra hundred $ for thicker metal. If the OP is going to use his BB as a battering ram then I would definetly say the thicker the better .

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    Default Re: Need boxblade buying advice

    Has anyone mentioned getting as heavy as you can afford?








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    Default Re: Need boxblade buying advice

    Sometimes I have to go back to read the OP as I tend to get side tracked. In the end, for some a 500 bb is fine and for others a 1000 is needed, the trick is in figuring out which is which. We have 350/400 pound box blades that are well over twenty years old and have never bent/failed, so for those needs they are great and a heavier one would be a waste of money. We have one my dad used longer than any of us can remember doing site preparation for homes and other than it being quite rusty is in great condition.

    The bb I have is fine for my L5030, but would not even consider using it on our M8540. I guess time will tell if I made the right choice.
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    Default Re: Need boxblade buying advice

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnViewRanch View Post
    While what you have said may very well be true, A 1000lb box blade will take far more hard use than a 500lb box blade with 500lbs of weight stacked on it. So yes when you start out both may give you similar results, but when the going gets tough, the 500lb box is going to fail in some manor. It just is not as strong.


    Pretty much my thoughts, mine weighs 1250 lbs and the heavy materials are utilized to strengthen the overall implement. I also think you have to consider the unknown when ripping. You can easily find something that will destroy a light boxblade before you have time to react.

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