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    Default Woods <Gill> HBL 72-2

    Thought you all might want to see pics of my grader blade. My 4330 kubota pulls this gem without any problem. Got it about a year ago. As good a one as I've seen. Haven't bought my Med Duty cutter as of yet but next month for sure. Thanks for all the replies on that matter.
    Last edited by Dalhan; 05-21-2007 at 07:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Woods <Gill> HBL 72-2

    Gorgeous, makes your box blade look like a tinker toy
    '92 Ford 4630, Woods 1020 72" FEL, Woods 208 8' cutter, Woods HB72 6' boxblade

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    Default Re: Woods <Gill> HBL 72-2

    Does anyone know how actually makes this model? There are about three or four different companies that sell this blade with their paint and stickers on it. I have one just like it that is a Hardee-Williams. I do agree that they are very good blades. I have had mine for 6 or 7 years.
    I have ask this question before and no one seemed to know.

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    Default Re: Woods <Gill> HBL 72-2

    Sorry Jerry but I don't. My box blade is pretty much a tinkertoy. It's an off brand 5ft but serves my needs for the moment.

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    Default Re: Woods <Gill> HBL 72-2

    Hello,

    Since I'm new to most of this, could anyone offer their opinion on which would make more sense to own, a box blade, or a rear grader blade like the one pictured above.

    If this question has been asked in the past and debated like beating a dead horse, I apologize.

    I have never used either implement and realize that it would all depend on what specific task an individual has to do. More than likely my main use for one would be to maintain my driveway, which is around 700 feet long.

    A neighbor has come by several times and plowed the snow off my driveway using a rear grader blade, but that has been the extent of me seeing a rear blade in action.

    If you could identify the pros and cons of both the rear blade and the box blade, it may help me to know what other things I could do around my property with either one.

    Thanks
    BucketHoe
    Kubota B3030, LA 403 FEL, BH75 Backhoe with Sundown Thumb

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    Default Re: Woods <Gill> HBL 72-2

    I maintained almost 700' of driveway for 10 years with only a grader blade, works good for cleaning ditches and rebuilding a crown. But after so many years, it was getting to where I had a good base with a bunch of loose rock on top that wouldn't stay put. I was faced with getting either alot more gravel or giving it a good ripping with a scarifier.

    I bought a Woods HB72 box blade about a month ago. Hey, brand new tool lets break it in right. I set the rippers all the way down and made two passes letting it dig as deep as I could pull, 6-8 inches. Any more passes I figured it would be floating the big rock up and I'd be losing the precious fines on top I really needed. I then quickly(loosing crucial moisture content) gathered about a wheelbarrow load of larger rock that would hinder the final smoothing. Then I made a single pass down each side with about 2" of scarifier and maintaining a full box of material at all times and a slight tilt up to the inside, then one light pass flat down the middle just to knock off the ridge. Fired up the dually and drove up and down about 15 minutes.

    Presto! 80 year old driveway that hadn't had fresh gravel in 22 years looked like brand new. One mistake I made was that I feathered out the load in the box as I approached the house. I should have maintained full load all the way and then dealt with the excess by hauling it to the street where I left my gravel too thin.

    So, for road maintenance, ditch=grader blade, roadbed=box blade
    '92 Ford 4630, Woods 1020 72" FEL, Woods 208 8' cutter, Woods HB72 6' boxblade

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    Default Re: Woods <Gill> HBL 72-2

    HickoryNut,

    Thanks for that information, I don't have ditches on the sides just a slight crown the entire length, so I may be a Box Blade candidate.

    BucketHoe
    Kubota B3030, LA 403 FEL, BH75 Backhoe with Sundown Thumb

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