Bobcat Box Blade attachment

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by YellowDogSVC, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    Something has to be better than trying to rework steep driveways with just my bucket. I used to have a roadrunner grader. It was good but too wide/bulky for a lot of what I do. I can cut hard ground with my tooth bucket if needed but moving and leveling base with just the bucket is making me hate road work.

    Anyone have any other ideas for a skid attachment to grade base?
     
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've always wanted land plane
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  3. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    I had a land plane. Wish I had kept it but it was good for smoothing material but not great for grading roads. It did okay to quickly rehab but to lay out base, get the edges good and ready for compactor, I just didn't develop the skills. I can say with certainty that the Deere LP 78 land plane is very well made and HEAVY duty.
     
  4. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    I had sold my roadrunner because it was 84" wide which allowed it to get hung up all the time. I see now that they offer a 6' width as well as hydraulic blade adjustment and wheel kit. I may go back this route. The only drawback I ever noticed was the fixed angle of the blades necessitating changing directions and trying to mate up the two sides in the middle.

    Ugghh.. I can't decide.
    http://www.roadrunnerblade.com/skidSteerModels.html
     
  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've always used my tractor for grading. Rough grade with skid fine tune with the tractor. Take if were doing sod/seed box for aggregate

    I wonder if you're tool cat will do better than a skid due to longer wheel base.
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  6. JNB Construction

    JNB Construction LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is this a forward facing box blade? I haven't had any luck trying to find one.
     
  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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  8. JNB Construction

    JNB Construction LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've seen the Bobcat model. It just doesn't look heavy enough...no scarifiers either.

    What I'd really like is a heavy box blade with hydraulic scarifiers. Wheels would be nice as an option, especially if you could raise them out of the way. I have a landplane (roadrunner style) grading blade with scarifiers for my tractor. It works great for some things and I'd like to get one for my ctl, but a box blade set up like I mentioned would be ideal. I just haven't been able to find one.

    I was thinking that I could buy a Gannon box blade, cut off the 3 point hitch and weld a quick attach setup on it. With a tilt-tach it should work pretty good for crowing roads, etc. I'd get it setup for the ctl before cutting off the 3 point, that's for sure.
     
  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    it's not a box blade but that JD LP 78 I mentioned above has hydraulic rippers on it. You flip them down and pull backwards and they will break rock and hard pack caliche. Damn. I should have kept that.. DOH!
     
  10. JNB Construction

    JNB Construction LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ah...just looked up the JD you mentioned. I was thinking "landplane" like the roadrunner. That type of grading blade (the JD) is on my gotta-have list.
     

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