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What is a Driveway Grader?

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If you have a gravel driveway or road on your property, you are probably aware of the problems that come with them. Ruts can develop which become uncomfortable or even dangerous to drive a vehicle over, and the gravel can become compacted and may need to be replaced after a few years. 

Sure, you can try to fix these issues by hand, but be aware that this is a short-term solution. To fix these problems and prevent them from happening in the future, you need to grade your driveway regularly using a driveway grader.

What is a Driveway Grader?

Also called box graders or motor graders, driveway graders are tools that you tow behind a truck or lawn tractor to smooth, or grade, a driveway or gravel roadway. Driveway graders rely on a straight-leveling blade and sometimes metal teeth to dig into the gravel and decompact it. 

The front blades of the grader cut down any high spots of dirt or gravel and move and mix that material to the sides. The wings then collect the excess material and push it into any dips and ruts on your path or surface area.

3 Types of Driveway Graders, Designed to Suit Your Application

Owning a driveway grader will save you money in the long run since you won’t have to continue to buy gravel to fill in potholes or replace areas that have been washed out. There is more than one option, however, when looking to buy a grader. Driveway Scrapers come in three different sizes to meet the needs of every customer.


At 6 feet wide and 400 pounds, the DS-72 is perfect for use on golf courses or for customers who are looking for a more compact scraper than our most popular — the DS-96. The DS-72 has the added benefit of being able to leave it attached to your tractor when transporting to and from a location.


Our most popular grader, the DS-96 is best suited for parking lots, gravel and dirt driveways, and playing area surfaces. With a width of 8 feet, this grader will make quick work of any unlevel areas on your property.


Containing all of the same unique features as the DS-96, our 10-foot wide DS-120 allows you to grade larger areas that our smaller models are not suited for.

Key Features of the Driveway Scraper

All of the DS Series Driveway Scrapers have these particular features:

  • Grader can attach to a standard 3-point hookup.
  • They fill in ruts, removing the “washboard effect”
  • Front and rear blades are 1/2″ thick and are reversible
  • Do not create dips, swells, or gouging
  • Rigid mode (default mode) for flat surfaces
  • Float mode for contoured surfaces
  • Extra weight can easily be added to the center frame for added cutting power
  • Ideal for two-tracks & weed control in pastures
  • Leveling fill & topsoil in landscaping
  • Tractor pulls

Optional accessories to make your grading job even easier include the DS Quick-Tatch Adapter and the DS Ripper Blades. The Quick-Tatch Adapter bolts onto the frame of the DS Series Driveway Scrapers and provides easy access to hook-up to tractors with a Class 1 or 2 quick-attach system. It is adjustable to work with your existing system. The DS Ripper Blades offer a more aggressive cutting edge for your grading surface.

Looking to buy a driveway grader of your own? Check out the selection at Driveway Scraper! In business since 1987, our mission is to provide innovative solutions in engineered metal components, maintaining the flexibility to serve emerging needs in changing markets. 

Our award-winning DS Series Driveway Scrapers are perfect for leveling dirt and gravel driveways, as well as parking lots and playing surfaces. Available in three sizes, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. Contact our team to learn more.

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