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  1. #1
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    JD 790 (2001)

    Default Box Scraper

    I have ruts in my back approximately 9 inches wide. Will a Box Scaper smooth these out? If not, what would you recommend?

    Thanks,

    Chris


  2. #2

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    64 MF Utility 35 retired to parts pile.

    Default Re: Box Scraper

    If I had ruts in my back, I would avoid laying down in front of what ever left them there. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

    On the serious side. If a rut is lower than the surrounding area and you were to use say a 5' box, you would then have 5' ruts. If the ruts were actually higher than the surrounding area, the box could and would help displace the high spots and fill any low spots. But then you would have started with a ridge.

    If indead these are ruts, then it is a good place to hide all broken tractor parts in before filling. That is if and only it is not to be a finished lawn. With my luck, that's when the in-laws would show up with a metal detector and think they've discovered something significant and want to give me my low spots back. I'm in a rut just thinking about it.

    If the original ruts are from tire traffic and it will remain a traffic area, throw on some more rocks. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Kubota L2500DT Standard Transmission

    Default Re: Box Scraper

    <font color=blue>I have ruts in my back</font color=blue> ... <font color=blue>what would you recommend?</font color=blue>

    Maybe a chiropractor? [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

    But seriously -- a box scraper seems to be well suited for averaging out high and low spots in fairly loose soil. If the box has rippers (scarifiers), you can loosen firm soil in one pass and then come back and smooth it out in successive passes.

    The key to your ruts, of course, will be to come up with enough material to fill them in with. Is the area between the ruts built up high enough that you want to use that to fill the ruts with? Are these ruts running length-wise to your direction of travel, like tire tracks, or are they running crossways, like uninvited drainage channels?

    My experience with box blades is just beginning, as is my tractor expertise in general, but you might want to hear from some veterans out there about plain ol' straight blades, too. Sounds like that might be a viable alternative.


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    Default Re: Box Scraper

    A box blade can be used to smooth out your ruts. The "Box" portion of the box blade holds the dirt and allows it to fall into the low spots. By adjusting the angle up or down with the the top link, you can go from "cutting" to "smoothing". I would use the FEL to bring in soil to fill the ruts. You can either dump in on one end or in several piles spaced along the ruts. Then use the box blade in a smoothing mode to move the dirt out from the piles into the ruts. In just a few passed you will have a nice area with no more ruts.


    Have fun!
    John Bud


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