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Cutting in swales with box blade

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Mike Bradbury, May 8, 2003.

  1. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Start with level ground, how do I adjust a box blade to cut at an angle to create drainage swales? Shorten one of the side arms of the 3 pt hitch? If so, then would the side with the shorter arm be the bottom, "cutting" side or would it be the other side? Hard to visualize.

    Again, start with level ground, how would I taper the whole thing to drain a certain direction? Put the box down at the desired "low" end and pull toward the "high" end??

    Thanks for any help!:dizzy:
  2. Harleyman

    Harleyman LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 41

    Run the box blade and tractor the other way, making it dig down to where you want the ditch. if you try to angle the blade you will not get the grade that you want. Say you want to run a ditch north-south instead of trying to cut the ditch runing equipment north-south you run it east-west and make the blade dig deeper in the center of the ditch. Hope this helps
  3. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    Mike, how deep do you want to go?
    I really cannot see wherein a tractor with a good adjustable 3 point can make a ditch.
    If you are serious, it wil take some time.
    Set the lift arm adjustment MUCH lower on the right, stomp on the differential lock, drive straight, and hang on.
  4. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Thats' ALL I see around here. It's a final grade thing, what else you gonna use?
    So the lift arms can be set one higher than the other? That makes sense! I thought you could only lengthen or shorten each one (not much seat time yet). That's beautiful, thank you!:blob2:

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