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  1. #1
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    Apr 2010
    Forfar, Ontario, Canada
    1947 Massey Harris 30, 1960 Massey Ferguson 35 (Perkins), 1995 TAFE 351DI, 1980 Bolens G174, 2005 Kubota B7510

    Default Which tractor for the box blade: 35 hp 2wd or 21 hp 4wd?

    My TAFE 35 hp 2WD has a good loader with a leveling feature and 5' bucket. It has loaded agricultural rear tires and the Massey Ferguson float system on its 3 pt hitch.

    My kubota B7510 HST has no loader, turf tires, 4WD, and up-and-down 3pt hitch control. I use chains to the corners of mowing implements to maintain height control.

    The job is to landscape around the new houses of a couple of friends in the area. I already have a good quality 7' 3 pt hitch blade. We also own a 4X7 dump trailer matched to the Kubota.

    One task involves pulling sand fill out of an area next to large windows (under a deck 8' above), then moving coarse washed gravel into the space created to aid drainage. I'm a little twitchy about using the 7' blade and the bulky tractor in that space and would prefer the control that I think a 4' box blade would offer.

    My question is: how much usability would I give up in going with the small box blade? The 5' 6" wide TAFE is a good, steady worker, though hampered on slopes by 2WD. With sun cap it stands about 7'3" tall.

    Both lots involve slopes.

    I have never used a box blade, though I am pretty good with the 7' blade.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2011

    Default Re: Which tractor for the box blade: 35 hp 2wd or 21 hp 4wd?

    If you are going to be working in close quarters get a box blade for the kubota. If you are not worried about the extra size and weight of the TAFE get a box blade for it. You could get box blades for both.

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