If I Only Buy One Piece of Equiptment...

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ning

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40 acres of parking lot would be larger than a huge shopping mall lot, wouldn't it?
A 4 (four) acre parking lot would be tremendous.
40 acres would be over 1.7 million square feet, enough room to park well over 80,000 cars!?!!!

I'm thinking out loud here.
I got about 8k cars with (40*43560)/(8*25) granted I was generous with the parking area per car but my pickup truck is big :D
 
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So, you have 40 acres of gravel lot for 20 vehicles per day? I would humbly suggest, simply not having 40 acres of gravel, instead. 40 acres can hold a lot of critter habitat, or grow a lot of plants. Having a gigantic expanse of gravel that you have to maintain, for no real purpose, is frankly rather insane. You could collect the gravel and sell it instead (hire this out).
 
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Takes me six hours to mow a 20 acre field with a 9' disc mower. Grading you'd be moving slower, compact tractor so 6' max land plane? Bring a snickers.
 
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Having been around construction a motor grader would be the tool of choice for the pros but maybe not the best choice for someone to start out with. I’d say the largest tractor you could afford with a land plane.

I agree on the 40 acres comments, that’s 1/4 mile by 1/4 mile area. Do you need that much? If not make it smaller over a period of time.
 
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I recently bought a business that has approximately 40 acres of gravel lot. The lot sees infrequent automobile use (5-15 cars/day), and less frequent use by a seventy-ton capacity Marine Travelift carrying up to 80,000 lbs of boat (up to 4 times a day). The gravel lot was in rough shape when i purchased the business and i would like to repair and maintain it. I know nothing about grading but can drive a tractor. If I Only Buy One Piece of Equiptment to fix/maintain this lot, what would you recommend? I've thought of perhaps a tractor/box blade, or a skid steer ("Bobcat"), or a backhoe, but am not experienced enough in grading to choose intelligently. If you have a recommendation, could you please include model and/or minimum horsepower. Oh, i should maybe mention the lot seems to have undergone some haphazard repairs along the way. There are spots with #57 slag, fine slag, fist-sized concrete chunks, #8 stone, sand, etc. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Im pretty much with Egon. Its even likely that a 3PT Power Brush and a Field Drag would keep it well maintained long term after an initial grading.
 
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I recently bought a business that has approximately 40 acres of gravel lot. The lot sees infrequent automobile use (5-15 cars/day), and less frequent use by a seventy-ton capacity Marine Travelift carrying up to 80,000 lbs of boat (up to 4 times a day). The gravel lot was in rough shape when i purchased the business and i would like to repair and maintain it. I know nothing about grading but can drive a tractor. If I Only Buy One Piece of Equiptment to fix/maintain this lot, what would you recommend? I've thought of perhaps a tractor/box blade, or a skid steer ("Bobcat"), or a backhoe, but am not experienced enough in grading to choose intelligently. If you have a recommendation, could you please include model and/or minimum horsepower. Oh, i should maybe mention the lot seems to have undergone some haphazard repairs along the way. There are spots with #57 slag, fine slag, fist-sized concrete chunks, #8 stone, sand, etc. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

You already have a bunch of tractors correct? Why not grab an implement for one of them and try that first.

Where are you? Do you need to clear snow? I assume if a boat storage facility the answer would be no, unless someone happens to be moving to a new area and needs to transport it.

In general, when you pull a grading tool behind the wheels of a tractor you need to do more passes to level the ground enough for the tires not to impact the grade . When your blade is in front of the wheels/tracks the smoothing happens first, minimizing the blade movement when the tires run over uneven ground. Tracks are usually better than tires for grading…simply 2 larger contact points instead of 4 small ones. Sure you could go with an actual grader, but that seems like overkill for a lot…and it is tough to maneuver if you have tighter spots.

Best? I would do a tracked loader (ie skid steer with tracks) and a 4 in 1 bucket on the front. Very easy to maneuver in tighter spaces, 4 in 1 will have a blade on the front for grading and you have a bucket for moving dirt. You can also get a LPGS for a Skid steer.

Is it really 40 acres? That’s like a housing subdivision.
 
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Using the 8 ft model, it will take you about 12 hours to make one pass on 40 acres. I normally make 2-3 passes on my driveway. That is a lot of seat time but the unit is less than $2500.

I use a 72" unit and have a 40 hp machine. With the 8 ft model I suggest a 50-60 hp tractor.

The advantage of the leveler is almost no skill or training is needed. Hook it up, and drag it around.
 
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Right now our local quarry #57 gravel is $37/ton delivered. They're 14 miles one way from here. At that rate to put down 2" of #57s on 40 acres would be right at $1/2 Mil.
When we had our 500 ft driveway which is very close to level it was quite a bit of work which is why 20 years ago had it paved.
I'm with others is figure out how much you need and maintain just that.
40 acres is a 12 ft wide driveway 27.5 miles long!
 
 
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