Land plane/ grading scraper

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Currently I use a rake to spruce up the driveway. I have been wondering how well a land plane would work. How well do they work in comparison to a box blade or a rake for maintaining a driveway? Will it to some degree pull gravel out of the ground to make the driveway look like it was regraveled? Will one with them with the cutting edges straight work as well as one with them on an angle?
 
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There are some current threads on landplane graders discussing their use, you should read them.

For the most part these landplane graders are excellent tools for driveway maintenance. As the name implies these tools are best used to make the driveway planar or flat. The long skids on each side make it much easier to flatten the surface than using a boxblade or rake.

You can pull up the gravel and remix the surface as long as you have enough material to start with. In most cases if the rock is buried it is because the basecourse is or was not firm enough. I would likely add more gravel on top in a thin layer, as one of my buddies says "about one rock high".

Potholes in a driveway need to be cut down to the bottom, and this is easily done with a boxblade and rippers. You can get a landplane with the rippers for an added cost, but if you have a good boxblade to use I would save the money. If you have alot of potholes it is an indication that your base is not firm enough or doesn't have proper drainage.

For recovering materials from the edges, crowning the driveway and ditching the rearblade is king. The landplane is best for making the surface flat and smooth. The boxblade is best for moving large amounts of materials and ripping out potholes. A landscape rake would be best for moving large rocks to the side if they are present. All of these tools can work to smooth your driveway but the landplane by design will work the best. I have a small and larger version of all of these tools mentioned and they all have their attributes.

One of the tools on my "want to have list" is a good vibratory roller to pack the surfaces. Packing the base tightly as you build up a driveway makes a huge difference in how long it will hold up. Running a landplane behind a roller with the blades set at zero depth allows you to produce a very smooth finish. I am not suggesting that everyone run out and buy a vibratory roller but when building a new driveway renting one can make alot of sense.

About the angled vs. straight blades on a landplane, I use straight blades on mine because my primary use is for landscape smoothing. I don't need or want to have any material drift to one side by design. Some posters here seem to think a plane with angled blades is better at removing washboard in driveways. I question that as the skids accomplish the smoothing on a landplane. If all you do is use a landplane on a driveway the angled blades might be a better choice since these do have a slight tendancy to move the material to one side. With repeated trips and top link adjustment the angled blades will work better to maintain the crown on your driveway.
 
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I have maintained my mile-long, hilly and twisty gravel drive for 12 years with a box blade. I now have a rear blade that is useful for pulling in rock from the side, but snags and is easily damaged in the forest areas. I have had to recoat my drive - an obviously expensive undertaking - only twice in those 12 years, that those were thin recoats. The box blade is great for pot holes, although I only have a few, and spreads gravel from area to area to maintain a uniform appearance.

All that said, my friends who have land planes have about convinced me to blow the money to buy one. They do appear to be even better than a box blade, and, with the angled blades, would help maintain a crown. I don't have a lot of areas with crowns because of the hilly nature of the terrain, and you can crown with a box blade with careful use.
 
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I currently made my own landplane and I used straight blades. It works very well. I did my own driveway which has stone, it was really packed in and it did a very good job of making it looked re-graveled. Now the pictures below are smoothing and filling in rutted up lanes. After grading it once I redid it again the next day as we had about a dozen trips over it with 80,000 pound semis, doing it a second time finished smoothing the ruts and potholes in. I built this with a total of about $40 as I had all the steel.
 

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My driveway does not have any potholes or wash boarding. In my driveway the cutting edges being angled would be more of a pain cause it is so wide. My main question is will this do better than a rake at keeping the driveway looking good? So you guys are saying a straight cutting edge more versatile? I think I have enough steel to make one. Catdozer how did you make yours for $40, where did you get the cutting edges? I wish a rental company had one I could try out.
 
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94BULLITT said:
My driveway does not have any potholes or wash boarding. In my driveway the cutting edges being angled would be more of a pain cause it is so wide. My main question is will this do better than a rake at keeping the driveway looking good? So you guys are saying a straight cutting edge more versatile? I think I have enough steel to make one. Catdozer how did you make yours for $40, where did you get the cutting edges? I wish a rental company had one I could try out.

I used 1/4 hardened flat steel for my cuttings edges and I had about $40 for pins and welding wire. So far the edges are just barely showing wear.
 
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I used 1/4 hardened flat steel for my cuttings edges and I had about $40 for pins and welding wire. So far the edges are just barely showing wear.

If your edges are showing any wear at this early stage, (less than 2 weeks) you are going to need some good cutting edges IMO. ;)

Just my :2cents:
 
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MtnViewRanch said:
If your edges are showing any wear at this early stage, (less than 2 weeks) you are going to need some good cutting edges IMO. ;)

Just my :2cents:

I did put a quite a bit of hours on it. But I will get regular cutting edges at sometime. For now it does a great job!
 
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Where is the cheapest place to buy a quality 6' cutting edge?
 
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Here is the grader that I built. The sta-mat gravel in the picture was put down five years ago. Grading it makes it look brand new. I use a rear blade and this grader to keep a mile of road.
 

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