I currently have a 5 foot box blade and am getting ok at running it. I found a 6 foot grader blade close and cheap. I am thinking being able to pull material towards the center of the driveway may be nice. Any advice or input would be appreciated.
“Heavy” or “light” are subjective and relative terms. My grader blade is “heavy” and I cannot personally move it ... unless I use the 3-pt on the tractor. But it simply slides across a hard-packed dirt road and across established pasture grass with virtually NO EFFECT, and I found it useless in those situations, where my box blade and land-plane w/rippers did a beautiful job of repairing the road and creating a new one.GH, if you think all grader blades are lightweight, please, come on up and TRY to move mine by hand ! Even with a 6' bar to help, she's an old HEAVY (500#+)beastie.great at reminding me about the 2nd hernia I now have....
Old blades(mines 50+) were made from real steel..old skool..,new ones..well probably made lightweight as the parts were made in China ?
Geo you're hilarious. Talk about expressing ideas civilly...you're the one lacking civil communications. My response was also to the OP's request for opinions.“Heavy” or “light” are subjective and relative terms. My grader blade is “heavy” and I cannot personally move it ... unless I use the 3-pt on the tractor. But it simply slides across a hard-packed dirt road and across established pasture grass with virtually NO EFFECT, and I found it useless in those situations, where my box blade and land-plane w/rippers did a beautiful job of repairing the road and creating a new one.
D2Cat... it’s a shame you cannot express yourself civilly and apparently must resort to personal attacks on others simply because you haven’t the skills to think well and communicate. If you don’t like my opinion, that’s fine. It wasn’t offered to YOU, I was responding to PitViper’s request for opinion.
No.. That is exactly wrong. A 3-point hitch has no DOWN pressure like a road-grader/maintainer. The rear blade floats up/over hard-packed areas and grass and does not “level” the ground. Without rippers, a rear blade cannot deal with hard-pack, and even loose gravel will move around the blade ends depending upon how the blade is/is-not angled and by how-much. If anyone wanted a rear blade I’d GIVE mine away if it weren’t for the fact it was inherited from my wife’s Father. It makes a good yard-art memory of a long-gone loved one but otherwise, in my opinion, has limited usefulness.I will argue you can cut dirt better with a rear blade than a box blade of the same weight. Again watch a road grader at work. Same action as a rear blade..
LOL.. well...yeah...but THIS is a KUBOTA forum discussing the B1750HSD the OP has. My M4700 has draft control also...but it will not provide DOWN pressure. The rear blade on these 3-pts are not like a grader/maintainer for lack of down pressure was my point.re: A 3-point hitch has no DOWN pressure
that's not entirely accurate
Several tractors Do have down pressure on the 3PH, buddy's belarus for one. The newer larger 'other coloured' tractors do as well.
The blade on my D-14 will 'level' as the Snap-Coupler hydraulics with traction boost does maintain a 'set distance' relative to ground. I think Ford called it 'draught control' in the 8N series as 9N and 2N didn't have that.