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1050 back blading suitcase weights

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#1 AA Hayes ONLINE  

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 05:26 PM

Well my driveway parking area had some very bad ruts this spring from heavy rains and fast snow melts. My wife's car was close to rubbing is her tires were in the ruts my truck made. :wallbanging:

 

So after doing much research on getting a back blade for my sleeve hitch, and deciding I would likely beat the snot out of it. I took 2 hours this afternoon and did some work. :dancingbanana:  seat time!!!

 

The parking area in the driveway has always been a sore spot for me, my truck is is 20' bumper to bumper, and the short section that was flat always left my truck sitting on a slope. Well with my truck being standard, as all real trucks are, i never did much like this issue. So I started my work by scraping the top edge of the parking area pushing it down the slope towards the driveway section. I was quite surprised at how well I was able to scrape with some finesse or the hydraulic lift (tank the bolens gods for that.) I was able to scrape about 6 to 10" down with a couple passes pushing the material in the direction i was looking to raise.  Once my pipes of scraped materials were somewhat smoothed out. I went and grabbed a couple of my suitcase weights I use on the back of my HT20 with the beefy 2 stage during the winter. With 2 50lb weights hanging on my blade, I had sufficient weight to back blade the rough lines and pumps out of the parking area.  

 

All in all, I must say, I am surprised at how well and how quickly I was able to accomplish the slight improvement to the driveway. The seat time on the 1050 is such a bonus, driving that tractor is always a hoot. :thumbs:

 

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Edited by AA Hayes, April 03, 2016 - 05:44 PM.

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 05:32 PM

No pictures?  As the material gets compacted you will probably have to level the area again once or twice but that equals more seat time.



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Posted April 03, 2016 - 05:43 PM

No pictures?  As the material gets compacted you will probably have to level the area again once or twice but that equals more seat time.

 

did my photos not appear?  i see them as attached thumbnails

 

 

edit...

how about now?


Edited by AA Hayes, April 03, 2016 - 05:44 PM.

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 05:57 PM

Looks like you moved a lot of dirt!

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 05:59 PM

They seem to be fine to me.  Looks like you did a fine job.


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 06:37 PM

Yeah, looks like Dirt, not gravel??  Just the picture or what is the stuff?  Would think dirt is not a good driveway. Haul in the gravel! 


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 06:45 PM

It is a crappy mix of dirt and gravel. Though the pictures make it look more dirt than it is
After the garage gets build I am going to bring in some A gravel.
We only plan to be here another 3 to 5 years. Hopefully 3, so I don't plan to put a ton of money into things like a driveway.
Once the house is done being renovated we will be selling to buy more land and further into the bush!

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 07:05 PM

SEAT TIME!      :dancingbanana:                Rick


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 08:15 PM

Way to go,looks good, and seat time is always fun


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 08:36 PM

That looks great. But what is that white stuff on the ground? None of that around here.image.jpg
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Posted April 03, 2016 - 08:51 PM

It is pretty typical for us to still have more snow this time of year than we do now. we had a very mild winter with little snow fall compared to an average year. With that said we are still getting many nights and some days below freezing and looking at a forecasted 6" to 10" Tuesday night

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 09:24 PM

Looks like fun!


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Posted April 04, 2016 - 08:47 AM

Nice job, a piece of advice if I may, gravel that driveway as nicely as you can when you can, it will add much more than the cost to the value of the house.


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Posted April 04, 2016 - 08:57 AM



It is a crappy mix of dirt and gravel. Though the pictures make it look more dirt than it is
After the garage gets build I am going to bring in some A gravel.
We only plan to be here another 3 to 5 years. Hopefully 3, so I don't plan to put a ton of money into things like a driveway.
Once the house is done being renovated we will be selling to buy more land and further into the bush!


Further into the bush? Your current setup looks pretty bushy to me

It's amazing how much you can push with these tractors when you can get the traction down.
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Posted April 04, 2016 - 11:05 AM

I must say that came out nice. Interesting idea on the suitcase weights on the blade for back dragging I like that.


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