Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment

   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #21  
jk, I have a question about your before and after pics. My roads in many places are just like your before pic, with vegetation on the sides and center, and the wheel tracks being packed down an inch or so below that. I recently bought your same LPGS, but have been waiting to use it until after I get my rear hydraulics and T&T installed so that I can first aggressively tilt my box blade into the vegetation on the outside edges and cut a bit of a ditch. And loosen the outside edge a bit so that I can drag it back toward the wheel tracks. My thinking was that if I did not cut the edges like this first, the LPGS would just mostly skip along on top of the vegetation and cut/mix/smooth very little.

Your pics make it look like my thinking is wrong! Either that or you secretly had another 3" or 4" of gravel added in between your before and after?!
 
   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #22  
They cut sod just fine. But you have the clumps to deal with. If you keep working them they will get chewed up but it takes several passes. If you just leave them they look bad but in a couple days will dry up and disappear. I used the keep working them method here until I had just a small pile left.

Before

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Working

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Done

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Sometimes I just push the clump of sod off the road

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gg
 
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   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment
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jk, I have a question about your before and after pics. My roads in many places are just like your before pic, with vegetation on the sides and center, and the wheel tracks being packed down an inch or so below that. I recently bought your same LPGS, but have been waiting to use it until after I get my rear hydraulics and T&T installed so that I can first aggressively tilt my box blade into the vegetation on the outside edges and cut a bit of a ditch. And loosen the outside edge a bit so that I can drag it back toward the wheel tracks. My thinking was that if I did not cut the edges like this first, the LPGS would just mostly skip along on top of the vegetation and cut/mix/smooth very little.

Your pics make it look like my thinking is wrong! Either that or you secretly had another 3" or 4" of gravel added in between your before and after?!

No gravel added. I mostly did like Gordon did. Several passes and if the box got full of grass/weeds I just dumped it and pushed it off the road until it was removed enough to work the gravel.
 
   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #24  
I just checked my material pile,, I have two pieces of 1/2"X12" steel bar, 10 feet long,,,
AND
enough various square tubes and other flat bars over 8 feet long,,,

The weather is supposed to be nice for the next week,,, I guess,,,
I am gonna have to build one of these!! :confused2:

I am thinking six feet long,, and eight feet wide.

If nobody sees me for a week,, send out the dogs to search,,,
I will be in the shed somewhere,,, :laughing:

Dang you guys posting these great attachments,, putting me to work!! :D
 
   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #25  
I just checked my material pile,, I have two pieces of 1/2"X12" steel bar, 10 feet long,,,
AND
enough various square tubes and other flat bars over 8 feet long,,,

The weather is supposed to be nice for the next week,,, I guess,,,
I am gonna have to build one of these!! :confused2:

I am thinking six feet long,, and eight feet wide.

If nobody sees me for a week,, send out the dogs to search,,,
I will be in the shed somewhere,,, :laughing:

Dang you guys posting these great attachments,, putting me to work!! :D


Make sure you take some pictures of the build.:thumbsup:
 
   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #26  
Thanks guys!
 
   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #27  
I know it depends on the width and weight, but roughly how much HP HP/foot does it take to pull a land plane? Or to ask a different way, I have a JD 240 garden tractor, 14 HP. Would I be able to pull a 4' or maybe even a 3' land plane that was heavy enough to be effective? I currently have a rear blade that does an OK job, but I'm thinking a land plane might be better. I might still need the rear blade to shape things once in a while, but with the driveway smoothed by the land plane, the blade would be easy to get back in shape. Maybe after every 3rd planing.
 
   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #28  
I know it depends on the width and weight, but roughly how much HP HP/foot does it take to pull a land plane? Or to ask a different way, I have a JD 240 garden tractor, 14 HP. Would I be able to pull a 4' or maybe even a 3' land plane that was heavy enough to be effective? I currently have a rear blade that does an OK job, but I'm thinking a land plane might be better. I might still need the rear blade to shape things once in a while, but with the driveway smoothed by the land plane, the blade would be easy to get back in shape. Maybe after every 3rd planing.

IMHO with 14 hp, and probably turf tires, I think your success would be somewhat limited.
 
   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #29  
IMHO with 14 hp, and probably turf tires, I think your success would be somewhat limited.
Try watching videos of UTVs pulling land planes. Looks to me like all they do is bounce, no smooth grading at all. But it may just be how it looks to me... :confused:
 
   / Grading Scraper (land plane) - Might be my new favorite attachment #30  
A 4' lpgs can be a tough pull for a garden tractor with 4x4 and twice the weight of the 240. Don't think you would have enough traction to do it.
 
 
 
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