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How A Skid Steer Box Grader Helps Your Gravel Roads And Parking Areas Stay In Good Shape

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If you live in the country and have private gravel roads and parking areas, you know how much work it can be to maintain the roads since you have to do it yourself. If you have a skid steer to maintain your property, consider buying a skid steer box grader to help with your roads. Here's an overview of how they work.

The Graders Come In Various Widths

You can buy skid steer box graders in different widths so you can match yours to the size of your skid steer or the width of your roads. The graders can also fit on the front or back of your skid steer. When they attach to the front, they can be pulled in reverse or pushed forward.

The Graders Level The Road

Over time, a gravel road develops potholes. The gravel bunches up in some areas and wipes away in others. Different seasons have different effects on gravel roads too since rainy seasons can wash away gravel and create big potholes. All this damage can be repaired with a skid steer box grader.

A box grader is a big metal box with two steel blades that are drug along the road. The blades shave off areas where too much gravel has accumulated and push the gravel into low spaces to fill holes and areas that have washed away. The blades on the grader can also tear off vegetation that has grown on the driveway and mix it with the soil and gravel as the skid steer moves along the road.

A skid steer box grader is pushed and pulled across the parking area or road a few times so the result is a level bed of gravel with all the holes filled. Plus, the weight of the skid steer helps to embed the gravel so holes are compacted and the gravel stays put.

Some Skid Steer Box Graders Use Lasers

If you use your skid steer to do a lot of leveling on your property, you may want to invest in a laser system that allows the grader to automatically create the grade you need without you having to stop frequently to check the grade manually. The extra expense may not be worth it unless you use your skid steer box for more than just leveling a road or unless you have a large property with several roads to maintain.

Otherwise, a basic skid steer box that works manually and is made of durable steel will get a lot of hard work done on your property and make road and land maintenance much easier for you.

Contact a supplier to learn more about skid steer box graders