Posted 12/21/2021 22:31 (#9391454) Subject: Anyone use a skid steer blade attachment for backing tile?
East Central Ia
Been putting a lot of new mains the last couple years in preparation for more pattern tiling. Just finishing up a big cost share job and been putting in a lot of 8-10” tile. After the dozer and scraper the ground is pretty stinking hard and I have been needing to pre rip in multiple passes.
The big boot really leaves a cavernous trench. Typically with smaller tile I will straddle the trench with our pull type grader blade on a 2wd tractor (5488) and roll the dirt across the trench in one pass. Then come back and straddle the new pile alongside the trench which puts my rear dual over top of the tile gently firming down the dirt. This lets me roll the dirt back up and leave a small berm over top of the tile. Works great for the smaller boot.
But this 10” boot moves so much dirt it takes something out to 120” to straddle it and not risk falling in the trench and damaging the tile.
Has anyone used a dozer type skid steer blade or something similar to drive along and roll the dirt over the trench by pushing instead of pulling? Most angle to 30 degrees, is this enough to roll dirt effectively? Our Artsway grader I think angles to 40-43 degrees.
Big tile also takes monster sized holes to make connections. Back filling these with a bucket takes forever to keep dumping the bucket. Being able to push without dumping would greatly speed this up.
I know these skid steer blades don’t usually get good reviews but this seems like a good fit for one with everything being moved as loose dirt.
The first couple pictures don’t really show what I am talking about but show the size of the boot. That particular run was not pre ripped and in sod which really kept the dirt from boiling out.
That last picture is more representative of what I am talking about.