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#1 Hammer OFFLINE  

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 09:44 AM

Looking to build a driveway groomer for a friend. He has about a 200 yard long crushed limestone driveway and needs something more than a pieve of chanlink fence to drag around to keep the drive smooth.

I've looked around quite a bit on the net to find several ideas, but nothing as far as plans and specs. Hoping the collective minds here can help. I have a 180 amp mig welder and limited metal tools to do the work.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 04:20 PM

Some of what you do for a road drag is dictated by the power unit. I can tell you what we did where I work for a lot leveler. We used 2 6 inch I-beams about 12 feet long and spaced them like 3 feet apart and used 4 x 4 tube between them. We laid the I-beams flat and offset the ends, then laid the 2 pieces of tube on top to tie them together. The tubes must be about 8 feet apart. There are angle irons to connect the tubes to the channels. After it was welded together, we cut holes in the tubes to hook a chain to. The holes are big enough to let the chain go through. Then with a clevis and 2 chains it is hooked to a tractor. With the holes large enough for the chains to go through you can change the action on the drag. It can be used straight or angled to suit the needs and conditions. Angled it works the gravel to the side and can pull it away from the grass and spread it farther. Straight it will level the humps some. On larger areas you can drive in circles and really do a nice job. I like to de a half lap pass as I go to get better leveling. We pull this with a John Deere 850. You could easily make a smaller one to match his power unit. I am thinking 6 foot long 4 inch beams would work with a garden tractor and keep the spacing about 2 feet. It may sound crude but it is effective and we have used it for close to 20 years. It was built in a hurry in a time of need. A person could take a little more time and have a cleaner look. Maybe I can post a picture next week. KURT

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 05:30 PM

You might check out this page
http://gardentractor...attach_id=24961

Part # 361 used behind part # 360. There is another member with the actual unit, looks like it would do a great job. I'm sure it would be build-able. Even if instead of the cultipackers on the back, it was a drag beam or weighted expanded steel. Anything to finish smoothing .

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 09:44 PM

Kurt, a pic would be great if you could post one when you get a chance to.

MH, thanks. Looks like an intricate build but doable.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 10:26 PM

If he has a 3-pt hitch, something like this could work.

http://www.ballardfa....com/dwdoc.html

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 05:42 AM

You could build a grader like Michiganmobileman did. That works pretty good. :bigrofl:
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Posted February 26, 2012 - 06:05 AM

If he has a 3-pt hitch, something like this could work.
http://www.ballardfa....com/dwdoc.html


You could probably build one of these for a sleeve hitch as well, just would have to add a couple of concrete blocks for down pressure.

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 07:18 AM

If he has a 3-pt hitch, something like this could work.

http://www.ballardfa....com/dwdoc.html



Thanks for the link ,OB.

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 09:51 AM

Thanks, Kenny!
Yep if you really want to go all out
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Posted February 26, 2012 - 12:25 PM

Other than Michiganmobileman's grader, the best thing I've seen for driveway grooming is a box blade with ripper teeth that are adjustable and retractable. The size of the box and number of teeth are going to depend a lot on the size of the tractor, but a quick look at any of the quality ones for sale on the internet should give you a pretty good idea of the design.
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Posted February 26, 2012 - 01:49 PM

I don't think anything can work as good as that grader. Just a scaled down version of what the big boys use. I have found out that a box blade doesn't work as well on a sleeve hitch, you can't cut an angle following what the tractor is sitting at. Need a 3-point for it.
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Posted February 26, 2012 - 02:24 PM

I don't think anything can work as good as that grader. Just a scaled down version of what the big boys use. I have found out that a box blade doesn't work as well on a sleeve hitch, you can't cut an angle following what the tractor is sitting at. Need a 3-point for it.


Or wheels with a height adjustment. Just think of a deep-tillage cultivator on a drawbar.

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 08:27 PM

If he has a 3-pt hitch, something like this could work. http://www.ballardfa....com/dwdoc.html


That is doable. Thanks. I got my sleeve hitch adapter from Ballard, did not know they made anything like that.

You could build a grader like Michiganmobileman did. That works pretty good. :bigrofl:


Don't think I want to go all out like that. lol


He has a Hushy zero turn mower, but it does not have much pulling power at all. But most likely I will be using my JD 318 with a 3 pt hitch.

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 08:36 PM

I thought I had replied to this earlier but I must have forgot or something. My vote is for a box blade with the adjustable teeth and a good bit of weight. Then you can knock down high spots and take the excess to the low spots fairly easily.

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Posted March 08, 2012 - 09:57 PM

Hammer

Here is link to what you are asking for http://www.drpower.c...wer-Grader.aspx

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