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rear blade or box blade for grading?

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by Ticolawnllc, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 421

    What would be the better in vestment?
    A box blade or a rear/scraper blade
  2. JNB Construction

    JNB Construction LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Scraper blades are great for moving material from side to side, like pulling gravel from the edges back to a crown and for establishing drainage swales, but a box blade is a better "all-rounder" that does a lot of things well. I use a box blade the most, followed by a land plane grading scraper. Whatever you decide, remember that weight is your friend. 100+ pounds per foot in width is the minimum I would consider.
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,471

    Blade is cheeper, but is more of a one pass type deal.

    Box blade is far better at getting a grade level, and in reverse with the right "touch" can do what a blade can do.
  4. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 421

    Thanks for the tip.
  5. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    box scraper, the only way.
  6. rmarks

    rmarks LawnSite Member
    from Elon NC
    Messages: 3

    BOTH i know thats a bad answer but a box just doesn't add the angles and movement that a blade can
  7. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    This ^^^

    I spend more then a few hours on a old Ford Workmaster as a kid with a box grader that was a little to big for it and a regular blade. For fixing gravel roads and pushing back briars and branches the box grader was great but for and dirt work the other blade was the ticket. My gramps and ole man swore by the box but the fact that you could windrow and material could roll off of it made it valuable. I also preferd it for snow cause it was lighter.

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