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  1. #11
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    NH TC25D

    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    Quite the dilemma wasn't it? Train them so they can do more, then they did something like you describe and someone decides that operators should do nothing and the systems people should be called for everything. Nothing like working 24 x 7. Even if you don't get a call, just being on call was stressful. The blood pressure went up every time the phone rang at night.


  2. #12
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    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    Terry

    I don't have a FEL. That's the problem !!!!!

    <font color=blue>Neil from OZ.</font color=blue>

  3. #13
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    TC35D with 16LA Loader

    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    Mudx,

    I have a RB3584 from Landpride. While I have not tried it, I believe that the blade should have enough clearence to spin 360 degrees around while mounted on the tractor. I've used my blade for gravel road maintenance and digging trenches. The tractor can easily handle the 7' blade for road maintenance. I guess moving gravel just isn't that hard. I usually run in high range/rabbit. I've never been bogged down even while moving a huge mound of gravel.

    Digging a trench in hard packed dirt is another matter. I've only done this with the blade severely angled (only one edge digging). In this circumstance the blade size does not really matter. In these conditions I have run out of traction but not power (this is with ballasted tires in 4wd). I'm looking forward to trying this blade for snow removal.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. I would buy the same blade again. I also have a rear guage wheel mounted on the blade. I think this will make life easier for snow removal (without removing gravel too) allowing me to have the blade just gliding over the road.

    Peter


  4. #14

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    John Deere 4100 HST

    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    njrqs,

    Ahhhh - I see your dilema. Sorry I misunderstood.

    Yesterday, I finally got to finishing up an area that we just cleared. I had a guy come in with a backhoe to remove the stumps and knock down some remaining trees. Used the FEL to move the stumps and debris to an area on our property called lovingly "West Virginia" (I just heard Pandora's Box open). [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img] I had a small pile of soil that needed pushed around to fill in the holes and low areas. Believe it or not, I used the rear blade more the the FEL to move the materials. Since this pile has been around for 10 or so years, it has compacted and a lot of weeds have grown. Also, we have not had much rain and the rear blade made it easier to cut into the pile.

    So, IMHO using a rear blade may be very effective. The blade is better at cutting and smoothing.

    The FEL is great for lifting and moving. I have a toothbar on the FEL which helps cut into the soil. Two things may be affecting my FEL usage. One, inexperience with FEL usage. Two, tractor size. The first one speaks for itself. The second, my tractor is 20hp and just may be a little underpowered for digging into hard soil. Or, it just might be a combination of the two.

    Terry




  5. #15
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    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    Terry - Now you see my problem !!

    Yes my tractor was very well priced and I couldn't afford a bigger one or one with a FEL. Mine is 18hp and with a 4' blade I am told it will be fine. Only 2 wheel drive so I might bog own a bit but I am sure it will be OK.

    I need a heap of roadbase for my drive so I'll just have to get the guy to try and drop it into several small piles along my drive instead of one big one, or I'll be there for a LONG time !!

    <font color=blue>Neil from OZ.</font color=blue>

  6. #16

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    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    Neil,

    Sorry that I prattled on... [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Yep, sounds like you have a good plan with the smaller piles. Can you reverse your blade? If you can, you should be able to push the material around rather than pulling it. That way, your tires will be higher than the material your pushing. Sounds a little odd, but it may help in your situation.

    Hope this thread has helped you.

    Terry


  7. #17
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    Kubota L3710 HST and a Kubota ZD21 60Pro

    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    An experienced trucker can spread his load so you will have very little work to do. They have chains on their tailgates to limit the amount of stone that gets dropped. Before I have the kubota my truckers delivered 300 tons of stone I york raked with an 18horse garden tractor in an afternoon.


  8. #18
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    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    Terry

    Yep blade is reversable. Yes I see what you mean, I can sort of climb on the small piles and push them over. I have also ordered a ROPS so I won't push myself over too !

    JJT - 300 Tonnes in an afternoon - Wow I was going to get a couple of truck loads only to start with, thinking it would take me ages.

    Should be fun !!!

    <font color=blue>Neil from OZ.</font color=blue>

  9. #19

    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    <font color=blue>...my truckers delivered 300 tons of stone I york raked with an 18horse garden tractor in an afternoon...</font color=blue>

    I'm wondering how you accomplished all that... what is your secret?




  10. #20

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    2001 TN65, 1951 8N Ford

    Default Re: Rear Blade Tips

    **** the luck! Now you need a dirt scoop!


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