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Grader Blade

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Mike_H

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I've been wanting a way to move dirt with my tractors since I got them.  Building a loader isn't in the cards...yet.  Simplicity however made a grader blade for their tractors that by all accounts works pretty well.  I've been meaning to build something for a while anyway and since grader blades are pretty spendy for what they are (300 bucks or so), I decided to build my own!

I had an old plow blade laying around the garage that I decided to cut in half for the grader blade.

I also wanted to add some ripping capability with this thing, so I bought a swisher scarifier from Wal-mart for about 80 bucks.

Here is the frame I built...

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And the plow mount...

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There are three positions the grader blade can be in, centered, Right and left.
Here it is with the teeth on one side.


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And finally, all together, and ready to mount to a tractor.

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I used it on a test run over memorial day weekend.  I had a nasty patch of my backyard left over from my barn construction project that was starting to be taken over by weeds.  I tilled it in, then used the grader blade to level the ground back out.  It worked BEAUTIFULLY...

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I will get it painted some day...


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Nice welds and build Mike. You'll get a lot of use out of the grader blade. One of the most useful tools in my shop. gw

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Thanks.  Its my first real project I've welded.  I've screwed around in the past, but this is heavy gage steel.  I hope they hold as good as they look!

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Yes, it does look good - great engineering!  I presume it is mid mounted, attached to the front axle frame?  How is the blade end attached to the tractor?

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Dince, you presume correctly.  The front mounts to the axle, same as a mower deck.  The blade isnt really attached to the tractor, per se.  It just pivots on the front mount point.  I did bolt a bracket on with a 3/8 inch hole in it.  I use that to attach the lift cable, so I can transport the thing with digging up my yard.  

 

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Mike_H, that is a useful explanation, thank you.  I will try and copy yours!  Any copyright implications!!!

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I like it!  It is amazing what those belly graders can do.  I have a belly blade, as well as a Dutch blade without a frame laying around.  At some point I acquired a 3 position plow frame, so I'm going to try and turn that into a grader mount here soon so I don't have to switch blades to get the Dutch's on.

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