Whats the best machine for grading?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bligh61, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. bligh61

    bligh61 LawnSite Member
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    Any input for finish grading? Laser levelers , bobcats etc.
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like a box blade for finish grade. This requires a skilled operator and years of practice to do correctly.

    Lazier guided grading equipment is a little out of the price range of most landscapers. However Lazier Levels come in all price ranges. I have a lazier Level with Lazier Detector. I find it pays for it self very quickly in time saving. Mine can be operated by one man and has a 2,000 ft range.
  3. MidGALandscaper

    MidGALandscaper LawnSite Member
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    I use a JD4310 and JD4720 with a Harley Rake. Just set the depth and go. You will be amazed. Pretty pricey though - around 6k.
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Decent sized skid steer + Harley Rake = very efficient grading machine.
  5. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Box blade is a cheaper way to go though it does take a practiced touch. Harley rake does an awesome job, but is pricey.
  6. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't own one of these. Never used one. But at GIE, I saw guys who had never seen it, but were proficient with a skid steer doing really acceptable work within 20 minutes. And it was quick.

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  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is just incredible how far this equipment has come in the last 20 years. These machines are just awesome...especially the laser guided.
  8. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One of these will do :) All joking aside the harley rake works well

  9. rscritch

    rscritch LawnSite Member
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    i like the dingo with a harley, its a little small when we get the 3/4 acre and larger lots but when were in 6' from house to property line subdivisions there is no subsitute for a small compact machine
  10. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 617

    A crew of illegal migrant workers with rakes and shovels. Beats all power tools, is awful cheap, and you don't have to do anything but watch. :dizzy:

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