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    Default Grader or box blade.

    Hi again,

    I would like some advice about purchasing a grader blade or box blade. What is the difference? What should each one be used for?

    My primary purpose is I need something to help me prepare soil before laying turf. The areas to turf are mostly flat but need smoothing and in some places I will need to bring in and spread top soil. (see pics) The final surface should be smooth and a little compact before laying and rolling turf. Areas that are heavy clay would need to be scarified to help integrate the top soil with the heavy clay. (Which is why I lean to box blade)

    My second purpose is to help dig for concreting a slab in front of a shed (see pic) and eventually remove existing asphalt driveway and replace with concrete. I need to remove clay and soil material evenly and without aerating subsoil too much. I have concluded that it is impossible to use loader blade for digging out even amounts of material.

    Which implement do I need? What width is best 4 or 5 foot? Does anyone have pictures of their box blade in action? How difficult is it to get a nice flat cut with box blade or grader blade? I am thinking of purchasing a non genuine box blade or grader blade, what should I be looking for in terms of quality?

    Thought I would throw a few extra piccies of the work I have been doing round the place (rock wall, mulching, garden beds). If anyone wants some of that nice mulch, I still have over 1000 cubic meters available!
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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    Sounds like a box blade would be the best for your needs. You can always pull the teeth up and just use it like a scraper.

    I believe you'll want the 5' version for your 2520 - Frontier has gotten good reviews here and it works with iMatch.

    Scott

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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    I like mine, it works real well. I think it is a must have for the tractor.
    Shot when new

    Shot after a few uses.
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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    For your primary purpose you might want to consider a 6' york rake with wheels, I was surprised at how well they work even on the rough work and the finish is perfect.
    I borrowed one once and with the wheels there's no learning curve just drop and go very easy. I do own both the 5' box blade and 6' rear blade which require a great deal of practice or you will make things worse than when you started, the box blade is good for very rough work but a little tricky on the working depth adjustment, the only thing I use the rear blade for is snow.
    I'm trying to buy the rake I borrowed from a friend, we're still in the negotiating stage.
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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    Thanks for the advice.

    I have been looking at this Hanmey Implements box blade. Has anyone used this brand before? Does the frame look OK? It does not look as good as the frontier! Do I purchase the frontier Box blade in AUstralia through John Deere?


    Mayor, just out of interest - Are the weights on your box blade really required?


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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    I USE THE SAME BOX BLADE AS MAYOR HAS PICTURED ABOVE AND I TOO HAVE USED THIS MODEL ALOT!! I HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE WITH A BB'S BEFORE AND I HAVE TO SAY THE 2048L IS VERY WELL BUILT. ALTHOUGH I HAVE A FULL CATEGORY 1 HITCH I FEEL LIKE THE LOW PROFILE OR (L) MODELS ARE MORE DURABLE AND GIVE MORE GROUND CLEARANCE ON MY 2320!!! JUST MY OPINION.
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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    Not to go off topic with a dumb question...but...

    What are those black tubes with a cap on your box blades?

    Looks like it could be a tool/pin holder?

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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    Quote Originally Posted by prosperity
    Not to go off topic with a dumb question...but...

    What are those black tubes with a cap on your box blades?

    Looks like it could be a tool/pin holder?
    The owners manual comes in the tubes. Neat huh?
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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayor
    I like mine, it works real well. I think it is a must have for the tractor.
    Shot when new

    Shot after a few uses.
    Mayor , that box blade is just way to clean.
    you need to get to work....

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    Default Re: Grader or box blade.

    box works great for removing sod
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