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    Default box blaxe digging too deep in sand

    I have a 26 hp 4 wheel drive tractor and use a 5 foot box blade. It is soft sand where I am working and the box is digging into the sand and completly filling the box. It digs in so much that the back tires sink into the sand and the front wheels almost come off the ground. Front weights may help some, but are expensive. I am wondering if gauge wheels or some type of plate mounted horizontally on the box to act as a float to keep the blade from digging in too much would work. Another thing I thought about was facing the scarifiers backwards to see if they would float the box a little. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    I have tried adjusting the top link to short, long, and everthing between. The more dirt gets in it. The more it digs in and raises the front end of the tractor.

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    Use your 3pt to raise the box up so that it is not able to dig in as far. You don't have to run with the hitch control allowing the implement to drop as far as it can.
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    After five minutes, my arm hurts so bad from moving the lever up an down, it is just not worth even messing with. It fills up instantly when it starts touching the dirt even when I dont let it all the way down

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    Sounds like top link is not adjusted right. Front of box may need to be significantly higher than rear to work right in sand.

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    yep.. toplink is adjusted too agressive.. and the box is being allowed to drop too low.
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    You should be able to adjust the angle with the top rod. Unscrew it so that the blade sits more level on the ground. You should be able to adjust it far enough that it won't dig at all, just drag on top.

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    Yeah, your top link angle is way off. Tilt the front of the box blade way up. Does the box blade have a rear-facing cutter edge? At some point, when tilted up all the way so that only the rear cutting edge is skimming the surface, all it will do is smooth the sand and can't dig in anymore.

    Maybe take a picture to show us what you're dealing with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr chops View Post
    After five minutes, my arm hurts so bad from moving the lever up an down, it is just not worth even messing with. It fills up instantly when it starts touching the dirt even when I dont let it all the way down
    You should be able to allow the box to only go below grade 1/2"-1". You should not be constantly adjusting. Try setting the box down slowly on a level HARD surface. Notice where the 3pt control lever is at the point where the box just touches the ground. Now try it at that location out in your sand. If that works, great, if not try it either up or down FROM THE LEVEL POINT LOCATION as needed. But at least you have a reference point to work from. You should not need to constantly be adjusting the hitch up & down.

    Now this only applies if you have a std type hitch control where you can set the hitch height as in a position control 3pt hitch. If you have one of these hitches where you are either up or down or there is not a position setting to be had, then you are on your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s219 View Post
    Yeah, your top link angle is way off. Tilt the front of the box blade way up. Does the box blade have a rear-facing cutter edge? At some point, when tilted up all the way so that only the rear cutting edge is skimming the surface, all it will do is smooth the sand and can't dig in anymore.

    Maybe take a picture to show us what you're dealing with.
    There we go, a picture will be worth a 1000 words.
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    Default Re: box blaxe digging too deep in sand

    What are you trying to accomplish? It is quite possible that the BB isn't the best tool for the job! A scrape blade, drag harrow, chain harrow or root rake might be the better tool. Do you have a front end loader? Back dragging with the bucket may do what you need.
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