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 Post subject: Gravel grader
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 9:01 pm 
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Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:17 am
Posts: 37
Location: carleton, MI
I got tired of fighting a regular rear blade to grade my gravel driveway. This works much better. It is 54" wide. Made it with a piece of 5/16" plate I had. Probably have a out $200 invested. It is all mig welded.


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 Post subject: Re: Gravel grader
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 9:11 am 
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Joined: Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:37 pm
Posts: 165
Location: Manchester, MI
Looks to be a design similar to the DR family. How does it work? Does it dig stone out if hard packed? I have been using a York rake with every other tooth removed , but could use another tool if better.


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 Post subject: Re: Gravel grader
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 5:58 pm 
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Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:17 am
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Location: carleton, MI
I have never tried a york rake. This does much better than a regular blade. I didn't even sharpen the 3/8" thick blades. I made some teeth like a box blade to mount on front but have not put those on yet. They should help if really packed


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 Post subject: Re: Gravel grader
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 8:33 am 
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Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2004 3:53 pm
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Location: Monroe
Before we moved into town I was looking at buying one of these: . The one I looked at had the ripper teeth like you mentioned. I used a box blade but if it dug in, it wanted to carry too much material. After 10 years I was getting decent with the box blade in dirt but still not happy with the results on the driveway. I was looking at one from LandPride.

The other thing I was looking at building was a snow pusher like they use for clearing parking lots. My plan was to find a cheap box blade, cut off the mount on the front, and add the necessary mounts on the back to allow it to attach in place of the loader bucket. The snow pusher could have moved more snow each push and cleared faster at the piles.


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