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tractor grader blade
Backblading -- finishing touches
Backblading, as the name suggests,
involves turning the blade backwards so
the cutting edge is not exposed.This is
more of a finishing-off process as it just
pushes loose surface material into
position rather than cutting in.
A few simple adjustments of the grader
blade will enable the blade to be put out
to one side of the tractor rather than
This offsetting makes it easier when
grading up close to objects such as
retaining walls, as you don't have to
worry about the tractor hitting the
Offsetting the grader blade can also
literally prevent grading from being a
'pain in the neck' because you don't
need to turn your neck quite so far to
see what is happening behind you.
Putting more gravel down
If ripping and grading simply isn't
enough to restore your driveway, it may
be necessary to top dress the driveway
with more gravel. It is ordered in cubic
metres.To calculate how much you
need, simply multiply the length by
width of your driveway by the desired
depth of material. Note it is important
that all dimension used are in metres.
Length (25 metres)
x width (3 metres)
x desired depth (.025 metres)
= cubic metres required (1.875m3)
There are a variety of gravel types and
sizes available.Talk to your local garden
supplies or even deal directly with a
quarry for larger quantities.
Quick touch up
If your tractor has a 4-in-1 bucket it is
possible to do a quick touch up to keep
your driveway in good condition.You
don't have the same degree of
adjustment of angles that you do with a
grader blade, but it is easy to give it a
tweak as you are simply passing by.
Open the bucket to expose the cutting
edge and tilt the bucket forward, drive
forward and gently scrape the gravel to
break up the surface.
Close the bucket, reverse back to leave
a smoothed out surface.
Safety is always the highest priority.
Always use a tractor that complies with
Australian Standards including Roll
Over Protective Structure, seat belt and
protective covers. Only take on tasks
within the capability of the machine
and operator. Follow all relevant safety
warnings, instructions and regulations.
Wear appropriate safety equipment
and use common sense.
This article is a general guide only.
Conditions vary from site to site.
Judgement relating to your individual
conditions must be exercised.
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Need to know more:
East Wind tractors and Hanmey implements
feature in this article. For more information visit
eastwind.com.au or hanmey.com.au or ring 1300
TRACTOR (1300 87 22 86).
ALL ANGLES: The grader blade can be adjusted to different angles to create the desired
BLADE ADJUSTMENT: Blades can be used
for deep or shallow cuts.
TILTING: Adjusting the side links on the tractor
will tilt the blade angle.
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