Box Scrapers

Box Scrapers For Sale

Box scrapers are one of the most versatile and fundamental improvements you can make to your machine shed. If you’re on this page, we’re guessing it’s because you have your eyes on one of our top-notch box scrapers for sale. GEI is Illinois' trusted provider of box scrapers, seed tenders, and other agricultural equipment.

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About Box Scrapers

Box scrapers feature a simple, straightforward design, but they have a number of different uses. They can be used to grade a path, to scrape and smooth a plot of land, to loosen or break up packed soil, and many other things. They come in a number of different sizes to suit their application.

Box scrapers often have scarifiers, which are angled metal teeth mounted in a row across the upper width of the scraper. This design enables box scrapers to work in a wide range of applications. Its box shape - where it gets its name - also makes it an ideal tool for gardening and landscaping projects.

Box scrapers are used primarily for spreading material like soil or gravel, and for grading, leveling, or backfilling an expansive area of land for a driveway, lawn, garden, building site, etc. They consist of a heavy metal 3 sided box, with the front, top and bottom open. The front of the box is open with a row of teeth that can be adjusted to break the ground as its pulled. In the rear of the box is a blade facing the tractor which allow debris to collect and be evenly distributed over an uneven surface.

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A box scraper's scarifiers they dig into and break up hard ground so it can be shaped to your need. The high box design of the box scraper makes it a great tool for moving dirt, gravel or other material over distances. The adjustable teeth on the front of the box scraper make ripping dirt, sod or gravel a relatively easy job. Because the back of the bow is also built of a double sided blade, pushing material with the rear blade is simple.

The front has retractable scarifiers which can be used to break up hard ground. The rear has a forward and reverse cutting edge mounted at the bottom, with the reverse cutting edge often gated or floating on more expensive models. Scarifiers are angled metal teeth, mounted in a row on a crossbeam across the upper width of the box blade. They’re often available with replaceable steel tips. When locked down in operating position, they dig into and break up hard ground so it can be shaped to your need.

Closely related to box scrapers are road graders, which can be viewed as a specific type of box blade, and are used to grade and maintain dirt and gravel roads. They usually have 2 parallel angledcutting edges, and long, low sidepieces. Manufacturers include Dura-Grader, Road Boss,and RoadRunner.

Box blades are usually very heavy due to the forces placed on them - even a lightweight one will weigh 500 pounds. The implement works going forward by scraping soil, carrying it forward as it rolls inside the box, and allowing some to work out as the blade passes over low spots. It works going back much like a dozer blade, pushing dirt, which can spill out the bottom or sides. Unlike a dozer blade, box blades are not adjustable relative to the tractor more than a few degrees in any direction, and generally only when the operator dismounts the tractor.


Types Of Box Scrapers

Light Duty

Light duty box scrapers are designed for lower horsepower applications. They can easily break through hard ground to handle a wide range of common leveling and grading chores. From simple leveling around the home, to clearing land for building houses and other contractor work. Typically equipped with four or six scarifier shanks, light duty box scrapers make backfilling holes and shaping landscape simpler. Many fit subcompact tractors and are ideal for light-duty applications on farms, ranches, and home owner lanes and roadways.


Medium Duty

Medium duty box scrapers are designed for intermediate horsepower and difficulty applications. They're built to handle tougher jobs including moving soil, smoothing roads, yards, and fields. They are ideal for building sites, feedlots, outdoor arenas, and on farm and ranch lanes or roadways. Many models offer tilt adjustment, which lets you angle the machine six inches to the left or right for a more aggressive cut when crowning roads or cutting ditches. 

Heavy Duty

Heavy duty box scrapers are designed for even tougher chores. They're built to withstand the higher draft loads when penetrating hard, compacted soils. Maintain roads, level out fields, or add in drainage ditches – heavy duty box scrapers are ideal for farmers or operators with bigger applications to tackle. Heavy duty box scrapers are ideal for ripping, leveling, finish grading, and backfilling applications at commercial feedlots, outdoor arenas, building sites, and maintenance operations on farm and ranch lanes or roadways or constructions sites. 


How To Use A Box Scraper

For scraping, it’s best to adjust the rear blades so they are just touching the ground. This will make for seamless scraping and smoothing action. For flattening, first use the scarifiers to break up any tightly-packed ground, then make sure the box blade is slightly angled forward, which will help thoroughly break up the soil.

If you’re looking for a box scraper for sale, we hope that, having read this, you feel more comfortable trusting Gingrich Enterprises. We get excited hearing about the projects and tasks our customers have in mind, and we want to help. Visit our contact us page and let’s get started!


More Tips

For scraping, adjust your top link so the front and rear cutting blades are just touching the ground. That will provide a basic scraping and smoothing action. For a more aggressive scrape, shorten the top link so the box blade is angled forward a bit.

Use the scarifiers to break up any ground you want to flatten. It could be a bump in your long driveway, a larger hump in an area you want flattened, or perhaps a hardpan area that isn’t draining properly. Go over it with the scarifiers in the down and locked position and your box blade angled forward slightly by shortening the top link. Work over the area well, thoroughly breaking up the soil. Then move the scarifiers into their up position, level the box blade, and work over the loose soil to level or shape as necessary.

For smoothing an area you’ve worked, make sure your box blade is on the ground and level from side to side, then extend the top link so the box blade is angled slightly up. Then set your 3-point in “float” position. Since the 3-point doesn’t exert any down pressure, your box blade will now float along the surface of the ground. With it angled slightly upward, the inside blade will not engage the ground, and the rear blade will smooth the soil as you run over it.

Anytime you’ve filled in low spots or holes with loose soil, you’ll need to compact it. Running your rear tractor wheels over the area a few times should do the trick. Then add and compress more soil as necessary.


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