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Old 04-27-2013   #1
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Question Box Blade Question

Here's a question regarding a box blade. I have an L3800 with a nice big box blade with scarifiers. It's a "Big Red."

My question is this: I'd like to use the box blade to carve out for lawn irrigation on a smaller lawn 30 feet by 50 feet. One scarifier won't go down far enough I think, only about 3 inches, then the box blade takes over. So are there any ideas out there for making/fabricating a longer, say sharper type of digging implement to use in this box blade for that purpose? I'd like to go down 6 inches without digging up the rest of the existing lawn.

I realize that I could "start" this by using one scarifier and barely scraping the surface so not to dig up a bunch of sod but there has to be someone out there who has invented this wheel already.

Any body done this?

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Old 04-27-2013   #2
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I'd rent a small trencher for a day and get it done. You need irrigation pipes to be below frost level in the ground. Otherwise the pipes will freeze and burst unless you have the system blown out. Here in Virginia the irrigation lines are placed in a depth of 18-20 inches in the ground.
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I'd rent a small trencher for a day and get it done. You need irrigation pipes to be below frost level in the ground. Otherwise the pipes will freeze and burst unless you have the system blown out. Here in Virginia the irrigation lines are placed in a depth of 18-20 inches in the ground.
Yes, I am aware of the frost issue. What we do here in the rocky country is to bury 6 inches or more using the kind of self-draining sprinklers with lowest end drains as well in the pipes.

I've seen the trencher you posted and it seems like a good device. My nearest rental is a 2 hour drive away with one of those. I was just trying to come up with something a little less expensive than the long drive and rental plus the long drive to return it.

I was thinking of using a strong piece of steel even...wedged into a one bottom plow for instance.

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The subsoiler that Murphy posted in the bottom photo would do the trick and sells for about 100 bucks or so. Digs about 6 inches deep.
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Eric, 18-20 inches? Mine's shallower, about a foot deep and the frost level is around 3-4 feet. The secret is to blow the lines before winter.
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BURT THIS MAY MELP DEPENDING ON HOW HARD THE SOIL IS AND HOW DEEP U HAV TO GO FOUND THIS ON UTUBEhttps://whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nh_mYjWfJeY#t=4s ww.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nh_mYjWfJeY#t=4s
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BURT THIS MAY MELP DEPENDING ON HOW HARD THE SOIL IS AND HOW DEEP U HAV TO GO FOUND THIS ON UTUBEhttps://whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nh_mYjWfJeY#t=4s ww.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nh_mYjWfJeY#t=4s
That homemade ripper on the front of a BX125 looks like a good idea. I can use the same principle only on the box blade.

Great ideas, that homemade device with the chain binder and the single point ripper.

BTW, I do blow out our irrigation lines come Winter freezes here. We get some hard freezes but not as bad as some of the midwest and East does.

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