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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    When build out house the semi's, cement trucks, etc.. did a great job of really packing the limestone. However I had to grade it regularlyMy drive is ~600' and on a hill. Started with a base of 3", that must have been 3" average not minus. Then topped it with 1 1/2" and used the box and rear blade to grade it out.

    If you need to move stuff around the box works good. If your just smoothing out washboards then the rear blade at an angle works good.

    One thing I learned the hard way was not to get very agressive with the rear blade to smooth washboards. Otherwise you start pulling up the larger base. It packs back down but you end up with mini boulders scattered around. Then you get to take the landscape rake and pull it off to the side. The landscape rakes actually works a lot better than I figured it would for light grading.

    Turning the rear blade around while driving forward makes it less agressive and it can't dig in. Works good for smoothing/spreading.

    You want the fines in your rock, thats what binds everything together and makes it pack.

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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    Yes.. that blade will do it. I thought your was only up down.. side to side..

    The one linked to is power angle and all.:

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    This would be a fine grading blade.. though a 200$ one on the 3pt rear of the tractor will work fine to grade a road as well..

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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    Also.. remember.. dusts and fines will compact.. large gravels.. like 57 stone will only consolodate.

    Soundguy

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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    That should work well but to smooth out the whole thing you'll need a york rake to do it better. I used a drag harrow to get my gravel driveway back to normal after my house was done. However as was mentioned too much bite brings the big rock up to the surface and the york rake won't. Thats the better option. If you use a drag harrow then leave the smooth side down for less bite. That will smooth the dirt also. Either way it appears you need another implement. But thats not a bad thing [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    That blade looks great for grading the drive. It angles (at first it appeared you didn't have an angling front blade) and can cut into the surface to remove the ruts. As well, it can be used to back drag and distribute the 'ridge' across the drive. Remember to pack it down after smoothing. That will keep the top firm and resist the 'marbles' from rolling off to the side.
    When (if) you get to gravel, remember mixing the fines in with the gravel and then packing (car driven over several times works) before drying out is the best way. I would avoid just scratching the surface of a drive. Loose material in ruts and washboard doesn't stay put, and the surface quickly loses its 'good looks' and goes back to ruts and washboard.
    I would just use the blade you have. Always angle it and move material back and forth until it is smooth. That may take some practice, but it will be fun seat time. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    Hi,

    I have a graded driveway that is large stones topped by #20 mixed limestone and stones. It does wash during heavy rain and also used to washboard when I would drag grade it with my Boomer.

    The solution I found was to take two large logs, cut a slit in them and put one on each end of my rear blade. They weigh quite a bit but do not interfere with the movement of the blade as I use it to either pull or push things and scarf them to either side.

    When I have graded to my satisfaction by pulling the blade up and down, then I put the blade in the center position and BACK up and down the drive smoothing my work. It is an easy way to get that smooth driveway that you can not get with a rear blade pulling in a stone driveway. The logs not only keep the blade from bouncing around while grading, but also helps to keep it on the ground while you smooth the driveway.

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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    Have to agree. A landscape rake/York rake is your best bet unless you have major reconstruction to do. Big ruts and holes will require something more severe like a back blade or box, but once it's relatively flat, or crowned, the rake it the best tool to finish the job as well as maintain it for years to come.


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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    On TBN there is a post for a "Driveway fixer". Great invention.

    I built one that can also be picked up with my Speeco quick hitch. This thing is 10' wide and can be used like a blade when lifted with the 3pt, or as a drag when pulled with a chain. With the Speeco, I can drag it, the back up and lift it with the Speeco. I believe dragging my driveway fixer is better than a landscape rake.

    My drive has recycled concrete topping. The day before the trucks came I made 4" screed shoes for the ends. These are shown on this photo. I usually do not have the shoes installed. I'll post how it works on "Build it yourself".
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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    I'm NO expert... But I have had a 650 foot gravel driveway on grade for 17 years.... I have a box blade, FEL, rear Woods angle/tilt blade and....A Yorke rake with WHEEL kit. All I ever use is the Yorke rake with the wheel kit. Wheel kit can be adjusted to start you crown. One other thing I learned from a retired heavy equiptment operator- No ,matter what yer runnin, a dozer or a compact tractor for grading you have to have material in front of the blade/some fill is always required wether you scrape it off the hi spots or have a load brought in but you alweays need something loose in front of the blade/rake to grade/level with.... [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Tips for grading driveway?

    My drive is gravel and about 750 foot long it also sees lots of truck traffic. I get whoop-de-doos quite regularly as a result of all the traffic. I start with the box blade to reshape the crown and smooth. I follow that up with the landscape rake reversed to dress the drive up. When I'm finished it has a nice crown and is bump free. I have also found that it's best to wait until after a rain, as it really helps to keep the dust down while you are working the gravel.

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