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5ft Box Blade vs. 6 ft Box blade.

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James Jones

07-19-2010 05:44:56
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Hey guys

I am looking at buying a box blade for my new tractor (Ford 860) for repairing a driveway and landscaping my 5 acres. My dilemma lies in the size of box blade to get. I know I want a blade with ripper teeth, and I have located several good deals on 5 ft blades. But would I be better off with a 6 ft blade since my tractors rear-end (tire edge to tire edge) is 5 and ft wide, which wood make the 6ft blade wider then the rear end. Would this make for easer use, or am I looking to in to this?

Thanks James Jones

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MarkB_MI

07-19-2010 18:29:02
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 Re: 5ft Box Blade vs. 6 ft Box blade. in reply to James Jones, 07-19-2010 05:44:56  
6 feet is the ideal width box scraper for the 861. Anything smaller and you'll regret your purchase every time you use it.



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DoubleR

07-19-2010 08:06:24
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 Re: 5ft Box Blade vs. 6 ft Box blade. in reply to James Jones, 07-19-2010 05:44:56  
Get one that is the width of the tractor.



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PJH

07-19-2010 06:49:26
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 Re: 5ft Box Blade vs. 6 ft Box blade. in reply to James Jones, 07-19-2010 05:44:56  
My son's box blade has a tag that says, "Max HP 40". He has a 30 HP tractor.

Don't know the horsepower of your tractor, but I'd surely want one that was rated to handle the tractor horsepower.

I also agree that the six foot blade would be nicer for cleaning out your tire tracks - unless it's more than your tractor can handle.

Paul



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CWL

07-19-2010 06:38:15
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 Re: 5ft Box Blade vs. 6 ft Box blade. in reply to James Jones, 07-19-2010 05:44:56  
Go with the 6' if you can find one in your price range.



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Zachary Hoyt

07-19-2010 06:23:06
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 Re: 5ft Box Blade vs. 6 ft Box blade. in reply to James Jones, 07-19-2010 05:44:56  
I rented a 5' blade to pull behind my MF35 since that was what I could rent. It worked fine, but if I was going to buy one I would think a 6' would be handier since it would mean fewer passes.
Zach



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Chris (WA)

07-19-2010 06:07:38
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 Re: 5ft Box Blade vs. 6 ft Box blade. in reply to James Jones, 07-19-2010 05:44:56  
Buy the 6 ft. blade. You will want it wider than the tractor.



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Dean

07-19-2010 06:04:06
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 Re: 5ft Box Blade vs. 6 ft Box blade. in reply to James Jones, 07-19-2010 05:44:56  
James:

I use a HD 6' box blade with my 860, which has heavy pie weights but no liquid ballast.

I use it mostly for moving crushed rock but have also used it for backfilling excavation projects and minor landscaping projects.

Dean



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