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Belly Blades

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by eskals, May 8, 2001.

  1. eskals

    eskals Member
    Messages: 40

    I seem to remember the local Road Commision using big Internationals with belly blades. But this was 10-12 years ago. They would use them to grade gravel roads and such. I hadn't thought about it much until I saw a new Volvo of theirs with a belly blade. Seems to mee that the belly blade dissappeared, and is now making a comeback.

    Anybody out there have any ideas why?

  2. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    I worked for a dpw here and they had them on there trucks to get the road right down to black top after it snowed. There is really not a need for them unless your rural and use dirt roads or unluss your useing for snow removal.
  3. eskals

    eskals Member
    Messages: 40

    There are some dirt roads left in the county, although not too many. I've seen them used for snow removal as well.

    I thought it was interesting that the blades are making a comeback. Then again, they seem to be buying bigger trucks now so maybe the new stuff can handle the stress and strain of the blade.

  4. Sammy

    Sammy Member
    Messages: 38

    I have always seen them. Did not know they went out of style.