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    Default rear blade

    I just spent 2 hours filling the ruts in a neighbor's driveway. I don't have a blade and we discovered the best way to spread the dirt was to rotate the FEL almost upside down /\ and scrape the dirt backwards down the drive. It worked good for this small application but now I am sure I need a blade. Any suggestions on what options the blade should have? I would hate to go by a "plain vanilla" blade only to find that I need something different next year, but with the cost of implements I don't want to get something more than I can use effectively. Thanks


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    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
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    Default Re: rear blade

    First choice, in my opinion, is a box blade the same width as the bucket on your front end loader.


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    Default Re: rear blade

    <font color=blue>First choice, in my opinion, is a box blade the same width as the bucket on your front end loader.</font color=blue>

    I second that. Don't forget the hydraulic TnT if you're going to be doing a lot of work with it (two days of climbing on & off to adjust things manually convinced me).


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    Default Re: rear blade

    Now on my second box blade. Really HD and has huge capacity B U T when tilting it forward to dribble out dirt (with scarifiers raised - much finer control than raising the 3pt) the box sides plow pretty seriously. I intend to get a rear blade that pivots left and right (can't do that with my box blade with TnT). Usually like to buy STRONG stuff but can't think of anything that would require realy HD back blade as I could just use box blade (will push or pull dirt). When backing up it is almost a small bull dozer.

    Back blade will backfill ditches much faster and easier than box blade or FEL.

    Patrick


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    Default Re: rear blade

    Thanks for the advice.

    Bird: Thanks, you helped me out allot when I was shopping for the 'middle buster' I appreciate your input with this also. I had been considering a rear blade that would angle for smoothing driveways but will give some serious consideration to a box blade.

    Patrickg: There are so many specialty implements and I would like to have them all (where would I store them?) but with limited funds I have to buy implements that can be multipurpose. If you could only own one, either a box blade or one that pivots left or right which would you choose?

    JohnMc: I am lucky in that I seldom work alone so have someone on the ground to make adjustments. All the neighbors have jobs they want me to do for them and the deal is you help me with a project and I will help you with one. Come to think of it buying a blade with hydraulic TnT might be a good idea as sooner or later all the neighbors jobs will get done then I will be alone and have to jump on and off the tractor. I (so far) only do small jobs, really this tractor is more of an expensive toy than anything else.



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    Default Re: rear blade

    My box scraper is my most used 3pt implement, (fel most used attachment). I haven't used my rear blade in 2 - 3 years, the box does all I want and does it better than a stand alone blade.


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    Default Re: rear blade

    Thumper, a rear blade that angles sounds like the best idea. I was going to buy one when I bought my B7100 6 years ago, but neighbors told me to get the box blade instead, and I did. One neighbor has a rear blade and told me I could use it anytime I wanted to. I keep intending to try it out, but I know it hasn't been touched in 7 years.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img] I think if we had snow, I'd want one, but I've never even seen anyone use one in my area. But everyone has a box blade of one type or another.


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    Default Re: rear blade

    I use to use a rear blade but after reading all the posts about box blades i went out and got one. My rear blade will only be used for snow removal now cause that box blade smoothed my driveway out unbelievable.
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    Default Re: rear blade

    I live in Alabama and see maybe a couple of inches of snow every decade or so....
    I'm so glad to have this forum available to me, I started out determined to buy a 'gray market' Yanmar and after reading the posts here came home with a kubota. I started to buy the tractor first and then someday buy the FEL, but after reading more posts got it as a package.
    Now I am headed off to buy a "BOX" blade, you guys are terriffic :-)


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    Default Re: rear blade

    We're always glad to help you spend your money.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

    When looking at box blades, look at the different ways they have of raising and lowering the scarifiers (or ripper teeth). Some are pretty quick and easy; some are a danged nuisance.


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