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BigTone
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: Another rear blade question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hey folks, happy thanksgiving! I'm stilling mulling around what rear blade to buy and as I was looking I noticed everything I was looking at has a 1/4" moldboard but each varies in weight from the mid 350-500+ lbs. My question is, If they all have 1/4" moldboards why does weight matter (why would I want to go with the heavier if 1st/2nd gear nice and slow would work with lighter blade), if the moldboard bends on a 350lb blade it's going to bend on a 500lb blade? I guess I'm trying to figure out if I should get the WOODS 7' 350lbs blade or go up to the $1,500 WOODS 7' 500lbs blade while JUSTIFYING which one I decide on. Thanks guys, Anthony
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Another rear blade question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I imagine that the rear tires will slip before you bend anything, but a 350 lb blade would be fine with me. I have a very old JD blade I think I paid $250 or so several years ago. It works fine. You will have more problems with the belly pump hydraulics than anything else, not because of the weight, but maintaining the proper depth if you want something smooth. If I'm leveling something I run it backwards, either turned around or in reverse. My 460 works much better than my H or M, not due to power or lifting ability, but hydraulics that maintain the depth easily. On the good side, if you buy most any blade made by a major manufacturer and exclude the tractor stores products you won't have any problems with any new or used blade.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Another rear blade question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

THe difference is in the structure holding and indexing the blade. Heavier is more resistant to flex, and cracking. It is also easier to dig deeper in all conditions with more weight on the cutting edge. The tractor will have no problem with either. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Another rear blade question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The 350# will not have any reinforcement behind the blade, my Land Pride has more steel on the back side of the blade than the rest on the mow board.
I do like being able to drop the blade and it looks like a motor grader has been working the lane. The weak point was the top mount was bolted together, it is welded now.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: Another rear blade question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Anthony, Whenever I grade the driveway, I use the blade backwards. Mine is an old Rhino about 40 years old and fairly heavy. If I try to back up with the blade it hops and jumps because of no down pressure. The only time I use it frontwards is to move rocks or pull a small stump. Ellis
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:43 am    Post subject: Re: Another rear blade question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My view is heavier the better.
 
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