Down Pressure Kit?

   / Down Pressure Kit? #11  
I was thinking of adding weight to my BOX SCRAPER. I,too have the Kubota "L" and no down force. Wacha think of welding 1/2" steel plates on each end and a long plate across the back? OR....the barbell with end clamps across the upper hitch frame (but that would raise the CG). I was kinda worried that although light the scraper does jump over rocks....but if heavier am I going to break something??:mad: Suggestions? :confused2:
Thanks

The problem with adding weight to a light weight box blade is that you now have the digging force of a heavy box blade, but the light weight box is just that, light weight. The metal and the construction of a light weight box blade used as if it were a heavy duty box blade will fail at sometime. There just is not enough material there to be able to hold up to heavy duty use and or abuse.

Just my :2cents:, your mileage may vary.
 
   / Down Pressure Kit? #12  
The problem with adding weight to a light weight box blade is that you now have the digging force of a heavy box blade, but the light weight box is just that, light weight. The metal and the construction of a light weight box blade used as if it were a heavy duty box blade will fail at sometime. There just is not enough material there to be able to hold up to heavy duty use and or abuse.

Just my :2cents:, your mileage may vary.

I agree. My Gannon box blade is only 42" wide, but it weighs around 500 lb. and all the heavy metal is welded together. The only thing that can move is the rippers. It is built like a tank. The old Agri-Fab box blade I had for my garden tractor was not much more than a toy.
 
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   / Down Pressure Kit? #13  
I have a Woods 48" BB and have added approx 160 lbs to it. It has served me well, although I am gentle when using it with that much weight. Adding 80 to it made it dig 50% better, 160 made it dig more than my tractor can pull.
 
   / Down Pressure Kit? #14  
IDEA to ponder;
How about running a steel cable from a post hole digger, possibly attached between the 3 point and the PH boom, run it over, er under a rear and front pully under the tractor and then attach to the bottom (or any handy (safe) FEL point!

Lifting the FEL would pull down the post hole digger. Should work!

I like this idea. The only complication is this requires using the FEL on every hole, or else there would need to be some way to automatically take up the slack in the cable as the hole is dug, otherwise the cable will go slack on the ground and possible end up in the auger. It would be nice to only have to fiddle with the FEL on those (hopefully) few holes that require additional downforce.
 
   / Down Pressure Kit? #15  
Another possible idea;
Perhaps an electric winch, the 2500 lb ATV type with the added pulley to double the power all while cutting the speed by 1/2
Attach to the tow bar, I guess, and have it pull down.
Also available quite affordably, like in tha $50.+/- range.
 
   / Down Pressure Kit? #16  
Thanks for the good advice. Here is a photo of my scraper. (sorry for the 2X8) I DID have TWO extra upper attachment bars added for extra strength. Would welding heavy plates to the sides and back ADD RISK for a potential breakup? WHERE could I add weight without risking failure?:confused: Thanks
 

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