The seemingly never ending task of plowing my 1500' crushed stone driveway free of snow each winter then becomes the never ending task of plowing the stone back into the driveway each spring. The biggest problem has been the diversion ditches spaced about every 250' down the hill and I've always had to mount my 54A in the center position to get-r-done.
Problem is, I have to back over the accumulated piles to push the stone back into the drive; doesn't work well and takes many tries, often with the drive tires slipping and their ruts making it worse. Oh, to have a rear mount grader blade !
Enter Craig's List and a Harry Ferguson B-FO-A21 6' Grader Blade for a hundred bucks ! It was a three-point type mount and my 1949 Cub only has the regular draw-bar. Necessity being the mother of invention, I re-purposed the iron from the three-point lift frame to make an adapter for the draw-bar, set aside the long adjusting screw normally used for adjusting the depth, installed a lift chain and just allow it to pivot off the draw-bar hard points now !
A brief test run last evening, with a longer one today, has me looking forward to this chore more than I have in the past three decades ! Although I can only use the 15 degree angle left or right due to the closeness of the blade to the tires, that's all it seemed to need while mostly square to the direction of travel working best. I have a revision "A" in mind to support the extended upright portion of the adapter off the draw-bar mounting plate to reduce flexing at the draw-bar. The Touch Control raises the grader blade with no effort at all, even at idle. I also need to find two new pivot pins and come up with a new cutting edge to give this great tool another 50 years of service.
Over summer, the sand-blaster will make the green go-away and implement blue will take its place ! I am just delighted !!!
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