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drainage ditch implement?

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mike paulson

05-22-2011 09:52:43

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anyone one have any plans or photos of a 3 point implement that can be used to dredge/dig out a drainage ditch which runs along my driveway. it would have to be something offset to the tractor. the ditch is about 1.5 feet deep maybe 2 feet wide.

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05-23-2011 08:09:39

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 Re: drainage ditch implement? in reply to mike paulson, 05-22-2011 09:52:43  
Depends on how long the driveway is I guess, but I have a 3/4 mile gravel driveway and so maybe I would feel like a purpose-built implement just for dredging the culverts on either side would "pay", but probably not. I use my backhoe loader bucket to scrape it out analogous to how these folks are recommending you use a back blade. I think their advice is sound. Unless you're having to dredge this more than twice a year or are significantly longer than a mile, I think using a blade, that you can also use in other ways, makes sense bang-for-the-buck wise.

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05-22-2011 18:14:43

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 Re: drainage ditch implement? in reply to mike paulson, 05-22-2011 09:52:43  
As Jim says an ordinary blade. It does not need to be offset. We used to make irrigation ditches with a large middle buster attached to a tool bar. Either will work.

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mike paulson

05-23-2011 07:15:57

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 Re: drainage ditch implement? in reply to CNKS, 05-22-2011 18:14:43  
so your saying back up to the ditch and scoop, then move over and scoop again 7 ft at a time,so on and so forth, i was looking for something that i could drive along the drainage ditch and scoop out with an offset implement. i can't straddle the ditch it has to be done from the side...

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05-23-2011 19:27:01

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 Re: drainage ditch implement? in reply to mike paulson, 05-23-2011 07:15:57  
You said 1.5 ft deep and 2 ft wide. That is a shallow, narrow ditch. I meant to go parallel with the ditch. Just drop the wheels on one side in the ditch and with the right angle on the blade move the stuff to the top and side of the ditch. Then let it rot or smooth the edges out with the blade if you don't want it laying there. We used to have a main irrigation ditch that we cleaned with a Ford 8N and a blade, maybe 3 ft deep and 4-6 ft wide. Had to pull the 8N with an H because it kept getting hung up because it was too low. The H only had a drawbar.

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Jim Becker

05-22-2011 10:26:37

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 Re: drainage ditch implement? in reply to mike paulson, 05-22-2011 09:52:43  
Something similar to this.

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