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#1 bja105 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 15, 2013 - 08:53 PM

I need to get some gravel into my driveway.  10 tons will be plenty, so I'll probably get 20 tons!  I can use some around the chicken coop, and for a new walkway.

I can have some tailgated by the truck, but my driveway is shaped so that most of it can not be spread by the truck.  I'm sure I'll use a rake, shovel, and wheelbarrow for some of the spreading, but I want to use my garden tractors to save any work I can.

 

I have a Ford and a Cub Cadet, both with front blades and sleeve hitches.  How is a front blade for moving gravel?  Should I find or make a box blade?  Is there something else I should buy or build? 


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 09:03 PM

Blades and boxes are good for short distances. A scoop is needed for distance. Last summer there was a thread about scoops in general and a small scoop for GTs. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 09:07 PM

  However you handle it, keep it wet so the fines don't settle to to the bottom. If wet the smaller particles cling to the larger ones keeping everything in proper proportion.

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Posted April 16, 2013 - 05:21 AM

Get it spread out as much as possible with the tailgate. Some of the trucks now have hydraulic tailgates that allow the driver more control over how the load comes off the truck. Ask about this and see if you can find a supplier that has this on their trucks.


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Posted April 16, 2013 - 07:35 AM

box blades work really good.  I did many driveways with them.



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Posted April 16, 2013 - 09:23 AM

If you get a good driver they should be able to get most the driveway no problem. One thing to remember is when you buy gravel make sure it has not rained in sometime as you don't want to pay for the water and loose gravel as the water will add up real fast if the gravel is wet.



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Posted April 16, 2013 - 12:03 PM

I had some gravel delivered and posted about it here:

http://gardentractor...ecent-projects/

I would say that gravel is very heavy, you may have some difficulty moving it very far.



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Posted April 16, 2013 - 07:14 PM

Get it spread out as much as possible with the tailgate. Some of the trucks now have hydraulic tailgates that allow the driver more control over how the load comes off the truck. Ask about this and see if you can find a supplier that has this on their trucks.

Can you tell me more about this hydraulic tailgate? I have dump trucks and do a lot of spreading rock on driveways and have never heard of it. The only hydraulic tailgate that I have heard of lifts it up higher so bulky loads will not hang up on it.



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Posted April 17, 2013 - 05:04 AM

It was on a tandem truck delivering garden soil. It lifted the gate out and up rather than it swinging on a hinge.  I assume you could control the opening size easier with this setup than with a swinging gate but i have no experience with it myself.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 07:35 AM

I have used a combo of box and front blade to do what I needed. They work well for me. Just make sure you have enough wheel weight to put the power to the ground.

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 07:18 PM

Thanks guys.  It will be a bit until I get to it, but it needs to be done.  My driveway is wide and steep, but not long.  I also need to build a short wall and fill and gravel it, to level the walk to the garden and backyard.  I also have to fix some erosion from a flood last year.



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Posted April 17, 2013 - 08:23 PM

Sounds like you need a tractor with a front end loader. It will make all those projects easier. I use mine often.






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