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I have a 100ft gravel driveway that's getting pretty worn down. Does anyone have some detailed plans for a single width grader?
 

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not sure if this will help but when I worked on a farm as a kid, the farmer would drag a 6-8 inch I beam along some of the roads to level them out,,, I know they used the farm tractors so maybe you could come up with something along the same lines
 

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On a packed down lane you'd need some weight (I-Beam could be pretty heavy depending in thickness) or strong down force from hydraulics to break through the compacted soil and rock from the tires. I don't know if a riding mower would have enough traction to do very well at that or not. On the farm my grandfather would just shovel a layer of gravel into the tire ruts and I would pack it down some with the rider tires and then we let the cars and trucks do the rest. I never tried plowing or grading it as it was almost like cement being heavy clay soil and the largest rider we had was something like an 8 hp Dayton branded MTD.

Neighbor that farmed for them had a 1950's era John Deere two cylinder but I don't recall he had a 3 point blade for it. Still remember vividly the time he pulled out a row of old hedge apple along the road for us. That made the old Deere huff and puff and dig ruts over a foot deep in the pasture. :tango_face_smile_bi
 

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maybe I'll just set my snowblower all the way down this year and blow all the high spots into the neighbors yard.
 

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I have a 100ft gravel driveway that's getting pretty worn down. Does anyone have some detailed plans for a single width grader?
Don't grade your driveway out flat. If you get an I beam or something like that, angle it so you pull the gravel towards the middle of the driveway. You want a crown on a road so it sheds water. If you don't do that, you end up with potholes. I'm not saying you wont get potholes with a crowned gravel or clay road, but it slows down the deterioration A LOT. If you only have drainage on one side of the road, pull the gravel towards the high side. If you have a good grade on it and you're just trying to smooth it out, dragging a piece of chain link works and works better with some weight on it. Good drainage is key, though. Doesn't matter if it's concrete, pavement, gravel, or dirt.

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