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#1 gbrown OFFLINE  

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 08:35 PM

I'd like to build (or buy if I can find a deal, but unlikely in my area) a box blade for my Bolens 1050. Today a coworker told me that a box blade required a 3-pt and could not be used with a sleeve hitch. He said there would be no way to engage the blade. I don't have one to inspect so I can't confirm this. Can anyone help? Maybe I'd be better with a sleeve hitch grader blade (some call this a back blade)? Any advice would be great. Thanks everyone!

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 08:58 PM

I have a sleeve hitch box blade and it works pretty well. The Power King I use it on has two way hydraulics so I have down pressure.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 09:17 PM

Good thing that your co-worker never worked at Agri-Fab and/or Brinly :laughingteeth:
http://www.agri-fab....ts/45-0265.aspx
http://www.brinly.com/BS_38BH.html

Sleeve Hitch box blades have been around probably as long as the sleeve hitch itself.

Now, a box blade WOULD work better when used with a 3-pt, but a 3-pt is not necessary

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 09:32 PM

Descendants of the sleeve hitch is horse drawn and i have seen many horse drawn box blades, Graders, Ditchers.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 11:05 PM

Descendants of the sleeve hitch is horse drawn and i have seen many horse drawn box blades, Graders, Ditchers.

Oh so a horse comes with a 3 point hitch? Or does it just sit on the box blade for down pressure while it moves with it's front legs? JK :bigrofl:
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Posted March 16, 2012 - 05:13 AM

I just bought a sleeve hitch box blade a while back. I used it to grade a drainage ditch, worked pretty good, but would have worked better with a 3-point (tilt one side down to make a ditch). I have some pics of it in this thread:
http://gardentractor...-new-box-blade/
I plan to widen it and add a 3-point hitch, but will leave the sleeve hitch on also. Then I can use it on all tractors.

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Posted March 16, 2012 - 05:30 AM

Thanks for all the info everyone. Now, to start scheming how I'm going to build one on the cheap...

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Posted March 16, 2012 - 06:12 AM

I found a back blade and converted it to a box scraper. It works quite well with the obligatory cement block on it.
Couple of pics in this thread: http://gardentractor...dpost__p__14165

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Posted March 16, 2012 - 06:25 AM

I can get more pics of mine if you want them, gbrown. It does a fine job as is, especially since I added the cutters on the teeth. I was breaking up hard packed gravel base with it, had a 75# RR iron on top of it. I just like the ability to tilt from side to side so you cut deeper on one side.
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Posted March 16, 2012 - 07:27 AM

I feel the same way as Kenny, really like the tilt function on the 3-point hitch for cutting ditches before laying in the driveway.
If a 3-point hitch can not be had then use 2 small left and right plows (or well casings cut to plow points) in place of the ripper theeth on the edges of the box blade, it will ''plow'', using 2 wheels on the back of the box blade, each adjustable to tilt the blade and a swivel or pivot point at the hitch.
Hopefully this gives a few more idears.

Edited by trowel, March 16, 2012 - 07:27 AM.

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Posted March 16, 2012 - 07:36 AM

That's a good idea, trowel! Hadn't thought about that. Could use a skid instead of a tooth on the opposite side to hold it up from cutting.

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Posted March 16, 2012 - 07:42 AM

There you go, that's a great idear Kenny.




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