View Full Version : Whats the best machine for grading?

10-22-2005, 12:06 PM
Any input for finish grading? Laser levelers , bobcats etc.

10-22-2005, 12:58 PM

I like a box blade for finish grade. This requires a skilled operator and years of practice to do correctly.

Lazier guided grading equipment is a little out of the price range of most landscapers. However Lazier Levels come in all price ranges. I have a lazier Level with Lazier Detector. I find it pays for it self very quickly in time saving. Mine can be operated by one man and has a 2,000 ft range.

11-11-2005, 03:22 AM
I use a JD4310 and JD4720 with a Harley Rake. Just set the depth and go. You will be amazed. Pretty pricey though - around 6k.

11-11-2005, 03:54 AM
Decent sized skid steer + Harley Rake = very efficient grading machine.

11-11-2005, 08:32 AM
Box blade is a cheaper way to go though it does take a practiced touch. Harley rake does an awesome job, but is pricey.

11-11-2005, 02:41 PM
I don't own one of these. Never used one. But at GIE, I saw guys who had never seen it, but were proficient with a skid steer doing really acceptable work within 20 minutes. And it was quick.

11-12-2005, 11:42 PM
It is just incredible how far this equipment has come in the last 20 years. These machines are just awesome...especially the laser guided.

11-13-2005, 08:57 AM
One of these will do :) All joking aside the harley rake works well

11-15-2005, 11:44 PM
i like the dingo with a harley, its a little small when we get the 3/4 acre and larger lots but when were in 6' from house to property line subdivisions there is no subsitute for a small compact machine

The Cowboy
11-16-2005, 12:07 AM
A crew of illegal migrant workers with rakes and shovels. Beats all power tools, is awful cheap, and you don't have to do anything but watch. :dizzy:

11-17-2005, 06:47 AM
I would love to have that Precision

11-17-2005, 10:03 AM
I would love to have that Precision

yeah me too, but I need the skidsteer first. Almost there. I already have $5 saved towards it. What just another $29,995 to go. :-)