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    Quote Originally Posted by Greatlakes37

    That's a nice looking field! That's exactly how I want it to look!
    You also have a good field and better shape than I visioned. Take Dixons picture to a farmer friend and challenge him to help you get your field to look like the picture. You aren't that far away from the goal.
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    Default Re: Box Blade 8 Acres??

    A good heavy disc harrow first then a heavy chain harrow will work wonders for it. At least something of that order to start and then evaluate what that corrects. The chain harrow will collect a lot of the debris and level the soil somewhat.

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    Greatlakes37:

    Your field looks pretty good to work with. A few swipes with a disc is all you need to get a fine start on leveling out the few high spots that are barely noticeable. There are guys here on TBN that would kill to have a field like yours is right now.

    Anyway, the more you work it the better it will be. I foresee an excellent future for that piece of property. Check back with us when you get going and update the progress. A few more questions might be raised as you go along.

    Good luck.

    EDIT: Other guys on other threads have seen the couple of pieces of equipment that helps to get a field pretty darn level (like in the photo). Here they are just for reference. (The homemade drag is on the left in the first photo. A piece of drill pipe with an old harrow welded to it.)

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    Default Re: Box Blade 8 Acres??

    Look at a land plane, It may serve you better than a box blade.
    Carefull what you aim for, Aim for nothing and you will achieve it with amazing accuracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwdixon
    Greatlakes37:

    Your field looks pretty good to work with. A few swipes with a disc is all you need to get a fine start on leveling out the few high spots that are barely noticeable. There are guys here on TBN that would kill to have a field like yours is right now.

    Anyway, the more you work it the better it will be. I foresee an excellent future for that piece of property. Check back with us when you get going and update the progress. A few more questions might be raised as you go along.

    Good luck.

    EDIT: Other guys on other threads have seen the couple of pieces of equipment that helps to get a field pretty darn level (like in the photo). Here they are just for reference. (The homemade drag is on the left in the first photo. A piece of drill pipe with an old harrow welded to it.)

    <img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=289599"/><img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=289594"/><img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=289597"/>
    Thanks gwdixon. I'm going to keep those pictures you sent handy. Its nice to know what I'm looking for. I'll post some pictures as I go along. Hopefully, I can get my field looking as good as yours!

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    Default Re: Box Blade 8 Acres??

    I would second the use of a land plane. A grading scraper would work but they usually have shorter side rails for going around corners on a driveway. For land where you'll be going straight a land plane with 8' (or longer rails) would do the job nicely.
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    Default Re: Box Blade 8 Acres??

    I'm doing exactly what you're looking to do. I have 7 acres of old cornfield and rocks and I'm reclaiming it an acre at a time. I dropped the scarifiers on the box blade all the way down and ripped everything up, loosening it and popping rocks to the top. A pass with the landscape rake to windrow the rocks and level it out. I'm not in any hurry to get it done so this way works best for me.
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    Default Re: Box Blade 8 Acres??

    Looks like it was in row crop and what remains is the rows. Just needs a pass or two with a disc to level it and loosen up the soil, then a pass with a row conditioner or chain harrow or similar piece of farm equipment to smooth it out. If you could find a farmer with an old row conditioner (that is a piece of equipment that looks like a corn chopper in the front with a spiked tooth harrow in the middle and a drag board behind) it would leave that slick as a babies behind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyal View Post
    I would second the use of a land plane. A grading scraper would work but they usually have shorter side rails for going around corners on a driveway. For land where you'll be going straight a land plane with 8' (or longer rails) would do the job nicely.

    That is what I use my landplane for most of the time, smoothing up lawn areas prior to planting. Works pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinsph View Post
    That is what I use my landplane for most of the time, smoothing up lawn areas prior to planting. Works pretty good.
    Steve, GREAT to get your input and I agree with using the land plane grading scraper.

    I think that I have said this before, but I will say it again, your lawn looks so good that it almost makes me sick.

    I can only dream of having a place so nice.
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