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    Default Rear blade or box scraper

    I need to buy a rear blade or a box scraper and can not tell which one is better for my needs. I have about 1200 feet of dirt drive way that has been crowned and ditched by a road grader. I want to be able to do repair work on this with out destroying the crown and ditches. I also have a 1 ac house site that has been cleared and leveled and a house built on it I want to be able to slope the edges of the cleared area to cause water to run off of the house site. I have a BX 22. It seems to me that a back blade would be needed to cut the angle for the road crown and to slope the house site. I have been reading a thread over on Tractor Point where another guy is getting advice to buy a box scraper. I do not see how the box scraper can cut the slopes?
    I would appreciate any advice on this as I have never used either one of them. I realize I probably need both but do not want to buy both at the same time. Thanks.
    JIM

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    Default Re: Rear blade or box scraper

    Jim, you can use a box blade for that job. One of the lower links on most tractors, usually the right one, is adjustable, so you can tilt the box blade with that.

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    Default Re: Rear blade or box scraper

    I had the same dilema, and opted for the rear blade. My driveway is asphalt so I do not need it for that. I plan on using it for plowing snow even though I have a loader. I do have a dirt road going to a field that I like to keep somewhat smooth. I have used it to do exactly what you want to do, keep the crown but smooth it out. It worked great. You can cut a crown with a box scraper, but tilting a rear blade is alot easier than a box scraper as most blades are designed to be angled or tilted. Box scraper can be tilted by adjusting your three point hitch arms or hydraulicly with an added valve and expense. The advantage of box scraper is they accumulate extra material from the high spots and allow it to fill in the low spots. If I were mainly going to use it for a daily used driveway, I would probably go with the box scraper.

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    Default Re: Rear blade or box scraper

    I have a boxblade and a rear blade. They both work great! I purchased the boxblade first and was happy with my results. I mostly pulled it behind a JohnDeere 2210 and the other times, a Johndeere 3720 with FEL. My boxblade is so popular that my aunt (who lives next door) always asks when am I going to use the boxblade on her driveway again. Luckly, the wether is improving so that is what I get to do tomarrow. Yay, seat time! The grader blade is about 2 months old and does graet on my dads driveway! I go up one side and down the other and it still takes about 20 minutes. I would reccomend the boxblade as a first because with my experience of owning one, it can do more than you would expect. I am one of a kind in my neighborhood because there arent very many 13 year olds that buy tractor implements.
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    Default Re: Rear blade or box scraper

    [QUOTE=Jimbrown;336498]I need to buy a rear blade or a box scraper and can not tell which one is better for my needs. I have about 1200 feet of dirt drive way that has been crowned and ditched by a road grader. I want to be able to do repair work on this with out destroying the crown and ditches. /QUOTE]

    I too had a similar dilemma. My driveway is 1700 feet of bony gravel so for me the box blade was the answer. The rippers loosen the base and the cutting edge does a decent job of smoothing. If you already have a crown your tractor will sit an angle naturally. In addition, as already stated you may be able to adjust the right side of your 3 PH to slope the cut.
    Kioti DK 45SE
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