I do lots of grading with my 322 with a 54 front blade. More rear weight is always helpful (200-300 out back)as are chains if you are running turfs. Make sure your cutting edge isn't worn down to the main blade. I quit using JD cutting blades.The one on my 54 blade now is 3"x1/2" 54" hot rolled that I ran a weld bead of hard surface on the bottom edge. It takes 5 to 6 sticks at a buck a stick (money well spent). You will find that you will get best results grading in a reverse direction. If you have a 3 point hitch, a 60" landscape rake works good for spreading and smoothing gravel in the forward direction. Dirtworks makes one that isn't too expensive and works pretty good. If you abuse it the tines will bend,but you can bend them back.
A center blade would be great,but they don't grow on trees. Who knows maybe if you asked in the wanted section...
Thanks for all the help guys. I got the wheel weights on last night. They weigh 72.6 more or less. Since I've never done any grading before I will be taking it slow. Hopefully the driver is good at spreading it around too. I'll post a photo or two when I get finished on Monday. JR
There is a plow day out in Geneva tomorrow. Not sure how far that is from Morrisville, maybe 2 hours?
By the way, my son Tim is attending Morrisville for Diesel Tech program. Very nice area up there and when I either pick him up or take him back for Thanksgiving, I will have to check out the JD dealer. Looks like they got a lot of good stuff.
I don't know if anyone else has gotten this but I got a spam e-mail from Dennis Kabah offering his services in both English and French stating WFM as his source. First time since 2002 that this has happened to me. Roger
Cody, there are cheap sleeve hitches (watch local want-ads or Craigslist or eBay) for MTD that are fairly universal. You could bolt one up to the 317 frame and make a lift link from all thread and a couple of clevises.
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