Another question concerning the box blade - it does a nice job pulling rocks and leveling dirt on my hilly Ozark lot. My question - I have not used anything with the spring assist on the Brinly hitch. This blade is heavy - would a spring assist help a little? a lot? If so, what is the going rate for one and how many parts are there to one? Thanks again - this hobby is sort of addictive...
You have two options, an IH spring assist or a Brinly spring assist. The IH one installs on the left hand side of the tractor and can be installed with out the rear lift. The Brinly assist installs on the right hand side and requires the rear lift. Not sure of the price, like so much of this stuff it can depend on where you are located. I would guess one is going to run you somewhere between $75 if you're really lucky and more likely $100 to $150. But those are a guess.
IH Spring Assist:
Here's a cut away view of how it installs:
The Brinly spring assist clamps onto the lift bar for the rear lift. I'll try to find a photo to post. EDIT: Found one:
I wasn't happy with the photos I had in my archive for the spring assists so I dug out the ones I have in my stash of parts and took photos. I didn't include the nuts and bolts. The IH assist uses a slightly heavier duty spring.