Anyone who has graded a driveway
using a blade on a tractor knows that you need to put a lot of weight on
the blade to do any good. But that’s not the only approach that works.
Last year DR
Power Equipment introduced the DR
Power Grader, an ingenious invention that grades dirt and gravel surfaces
using a lawn tractor or ATV. We took advantage of the company’s trial offer
and discovered that the grader works great!
Grader is equipped with a line of carbide-steel “scarifiers,” or teeth,
like those on some tractor blades, positioned in front of the grader’s
blade. What makes the DR Grader different (in addition to not requiring
a big tractor to pull it) is an actuator that lets you adjust the height
of the grader’s wheels, raising or lowering the scarifiers.
I set the grader teeth a few millimeters
below the roadbed for the first pass, then gradually lowered them until
I had loosened 2 inches of rock and gravel. Then I pulled the grader up
and down the driveway until it was just beautifully smooth. Compared to
the tractor-mounted blades I’ve used, the DR
Driveway Grader was easier to use and less likely to wreck the driveway.
Road Grader costs less than a box blade — not to mention the tractor
you would need to pull it. And if you get some of your neighbors to share
the cost, it becomes a very affordable way to keep country driveways in
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