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  1. #1

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    Default I need advice..

    I am looking at a JD 4400 tractor and was wanting to buy a box blade,I was told Woods,Gannon or Gill were good choices,I want a heavy duty unit,what is the biggest you would recommend on a JD 4400? I do not want to "sell myself short down the road" Anyone familiar or have a good suggestion of what kind and what size would be the best.A friend of mine has a JD 5210 I was going to use it on as well.Is there one that is compatible with the 2 different tractors?


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    Default Re: Box Blade

    To give you a good answer, we probably need to know more about your intended use. Describe some of your intended projects for us. Also, is it going to be one initial big project, then light maintenance from then on?

    I have a Woods GB72 (6 ft) on my 33 HP New Holland TC33D. So far seems like a good match. I'm putting in some drainage swales i rocky Vermont soil, and will be maintaining a gravel road with it. Also will eventually get into fixing up some heavily rutted old logging roads. It's a pretty basic box, but well built. I plan on adding hydraulic top link and side tilt in the near future.

    If you are going to do some serious work with the 5210, you might want to step up to one of their heavier duty models like the Gill B20 (made by Woods). They also make models with hydraulically operated scarifiers, but they were overkill for my purposes.

    Make sure you get a size that will at least cover your tire tracks. Usefullness is limited if your tires stick out wider than the blade.


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    Default Re: Box Blade

    I have about 3 miles of roads etc,through a wooded area,that has been cut by a bulldozer.I want to smooth out and maintain,is a Gill better than a Gannon or a Woods?

    Thank you
    IRS


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    Default Re: Box Blade

    All three of them are the same company. Might be differences in terms of light/medium/heavy duty, but whoever sells them (or maybe Woods themselves) should be able to tell you.

    Check out Woods Online.

    The GlueGuy

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    Default Re: Box Blade

    Ahhhh... 10,000 acres in Rhode Island.

    I think that this guy is goofing on this board. Read his profile.

    Or maybe I'm a little to suspicious.... [img]/w3tcompact/icons/tongue.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: Box Blade

    Terry,

    Good eye[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] I think he is "goofing" on his profile, his request for help looks genuine. We could use someone with a sense of humor about now. Welcome to TBN Irving[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

    Al


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    Default Re: Box Blade

    Geeze, I didn't think Rhode Island had 10,000 acres in the whole state.

    Keep the greasy side down.
    Mike

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    Default Re: Box Blade

    If you are MAINTAINING roads already put in by a dozer, then the really heavy duty models are probably overkill. I'm using the Woods 72" wide GB72 for similar work to what I think you are describing. I'm still learning to use it, but so far the results are good, and I'm happy with my purchase. Your tractor is a few hundred pounds heavier than mine, with a couple more horsepower. It should handle 72" with no problems. The GB-series is rated for tractors up to 45 HP, the Gill B-series is rated for up to 80 HP (B-series is available in 65, 72, 77, and 84 inches)

    There are other good brands around, but I'm not familiar with them. Hopefully one of the Box Blade gurus will chime in here with some advice.


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