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Old 04-28-2014, 04:12 PM
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Bobcat Box Blade attachment

I know this subject has come up before but it's been awhile and I'm looking for feedback.

I'm considering a Bobcat brand box blade (with the wheels out in front). Does anyone own one and how do you like it? Other brands? I'm looking for something heavy duty that will hold up to a 9k lb machine and the rock and generally rough ground we have.
I mostly want it for rehabbing base/gravel/caliche roads, leveling base and building small pads and maintaining trails.
To me, it's become tedious using just my bucket for everything. I sold my land plane and miss it but thought a box blade would fit my needs better.

I don't have room on my truck or trailer for a tradional grader attachment though they look cool. I owned an early model which was flimsy but for fine grading it was pretty good.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:42 PM
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I don't have the bobcat version but very often use a 3 point box blade w/rippers with a 3 point adapter. no wheels out front and I like it that way. the tilt function is nice in addition to the lift. easily my most used attachment.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:51 PM
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I had a 3pt adapted box blade years ago on my 863 and bent the heck out of it the first day. I like the idea of wheels out front but the Bobcat box blade doesn't look as sturdy as I think it should.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:55 PM
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Do the front wheels on the Bobcat box blade pivot so you could use a tilt-tach?
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:25 PM
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I'm on my third Level Best, upgraded each time. They are an awesome tool.

You mentioned refurbishing roads, since there is not much weight to box graders, when the ground gets hard the blade has a tendency to ride on top of the hard ground instead of cutting in.
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:22 PM
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I think the Bobcat box blade has a hydraulic piston that raises and lowers the moldboard height.. I have secondary hydraulics so I could, in theory, put my tilt-tatch between the attachment and my bob tach.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:13 AM
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It's been ten years since I looked at the Bob Cat box blade but if I remember right the hydraulics raises and lowers the wheels not the blade, that's why I didn't like it.

The front wheels do tilt form side to side.
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I don't have the bobcat version but very often use a 3 point box blade w/rippers with a 3 point adapter. no wheels out front and I like it that way. the tilt function is nice in addition to the lift. easily my most used attachment.
I do a lot of new and refurbished gravel driveways...a bunch in the 1/8-1/4 mile length. I usually do most of the work with my tractor and 1100lb Gannon box blade. I sure get tired of "tractor neck" though. I'd love to have a Gannon with hydraulic rippers on my ctl, but setup facing forward.

Has anyone ever seen one setup that way?
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:53 PM
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It's been ten years since I looked at the Bob Cat box blade but if I remember right the hydraulics raises and lowers the wheels not the blade, that's why I didn't like it.

The front wheels do tilt form side to side.
It does seem a little odd but for the most part, my bobcat brand attachments are built/function well.

I don't want or need the expense of the laser level but if I was going to do it on my own, making a mast and getting a better unit then adjusting the cut manually would work if the receiver was on the attachment? I'm for simple since it's not something I do all the time but rather occasionally need to build a level pad and I hate getting out of the machine to check grade.
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The Bobcat grading box wheels rasing on the front is an issue i have.The box won't cut in hard ground and the wheels just rases each time the laser tells it to cut.Okay for loose dirt and gravel,but doesn't like to cut.

Actually the laser needs to be controling the machines lift arms(down pressure to the box) to run the grade for digging the hard part of the cut..I also have just a box blade(no wheels) with the ripper teeth and will be using it for the rough grading.

That way i can use the arms and tilt for down pressure.
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