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Belly Blades

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by eskals, May 8, 2001.

  1. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    I seem to remember the local Road Commision using big Internationals with belly blades. But this was 10-12 years ago. They would use them to grade gravel roads and such. I hadn't thought about it much until I saw a new Volvo of theirs with a belly blade. Seems to mee that the belly blade dissappeared, and is now making a comeback.

    Anybody out there have any ideas why?

  2. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    I worked for a dpw here and they had them on there trucks to get the road right down to black top after it snowed. There is really not a need for them unless your rural and use dirt roads or unluss your useing for snow removal.
  3. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    There are some dirt roads left in the county, although not too many. I've seen them used for snow removal as well.

    I thought it was interesting that the blades are making a comeback. Then again, they seem to be buying bigger trucks now so maybe the new stuff can handle the stress and strain of the blade.

  4. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    I have always seen them. Did not know they went out of style.

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