and Proper Use
Evaluate the condition of your gravel
driveway before you begin. This is probably the most
important aspect of getting good results. The weight
distribution, angle of the blade, vehicle start direction,
and use in a bi-directional or single direction mode
should be determined before you start to get the best
results on the first use. Usually, the first use of the Gravel
Driveway Groomer is the most difficult and time consuming.
Once you get the driveway to the shape and cut
you want, future gravel maintenance will be straightforward
and easier. The following instructions are only guidelines.
You will have to make subtle adjustments for your specific
conditions. With practice, the job will be easier each
time and the results will constantly improve the function
and look of your GRAVEL DRIVEWAY.
Consider the following
Shape in cross section:
1) Is the entire driveway crowned
2) Do ruts int the gravel wash
out after a heavy rain like this?
3) Does the GRAVEL DRIVEWAY a
hump in the middle like this?
- Does it have a flat at the top
and/or bottom like this?
- Are there high spots and bumps
in the GRAVEL like this?
- Is the DRIVEWAY a straight slope?
- Is the Gravel pitched at
- Is it relatively flat?
- Is there a lot of loose aggregate
on top of the GRAVEL DRIVEWAY?
- Is the aggregate in the gravel
small, large or mixed?
- Is the surface hard such that
a rake will not dig into it?
- If sloped, is there a lot of loose
GRAVEL at the bottom?
- Is it sandy?
- Is the aggregate (rocks) primarily
sunk in the driveway surface?
- Are there areas where the GRAVEL
is hard and areas of the driveway that are soft?
- Are there large areas of weeds?
- Are there areas where the GRAVEL
DRIVEWAY gets muddy?
USING THE GRAVEL
If you have a driveway in
the "A" shape crown of # 1 above and just have ruts in
the gravel from washout like # 2 and maybe bumps
and weeds, you have the easiest job of all the situations
described. The only caution is to not make the possibility
of gravel washout worse. What you want to do is
be sure to do each side of the DRIVEWAY separately.
NEVER drive just down the middle fully weighted or you
will ruin your crown and cause possible washout of your
HELPFUL HINTS: Before we move on.
Grading gravel driveway surfaces, especially hard
pack, is most easily done after a rain and it makes a lot
less dust!! 4" blocks are better to use as they are less
likely to break and supply a lot more force to the GRAVEL
DRIVEWAY. And probably most important: THE SLOWER YOU
GO, THE FASTER THE GRAVEL GETS CUT! You can control
the amount of cut of the gravel as much by speed
is OK for really packed GRAVEL DRIVEWAY surfaces but
notice that the center is cutting more than the edge.
from opposite side, this is a better way to go. The
edge of the driveway is being cut the most and
moving the gravel toward the middle. Note that
the cutting stops just past center.Adjust weighting,
angle, and speed for the gravel driveway conditions
is the rule. This is also best for weed removal. With
a little practice, you will get better results
# 3 situation in cross section is
probably the most common situation. What we want to do
is get as much gravel from the edge to fill the rut as
possible and try to reestablish a crown.
you end up after a few passes looking like this, you
are doing it right. Notice that the edge gravel is
filling the rut and the higher center of the gravel
driveway is just barely scraped. With practice,
you will find the best combination of weighting, speed
and angle to do the best job of cutting, leveling and
smoothing your GRAVEL DRIVEWAY.
is what you don't want to do. More Gravel is
being removed from the center of the driveway to
fill the rut than the edge. If you weight to one side,
or partially to one side and angle slightly like above
you will use mostly edge gravel to fill the
rut. If you have a very flat GRAVEL DRIVEWAY,
this is not so important. But if you have a sloped
one, the GRAVEL may washout next rain if you
make the middle lower than the edges of any GRAVEL
move onto Grade:
||If you have some
big bumps or want to move gravel in one direction,
this is the best way to do it. BEFORE it is weighted,
take up enough slack in the chain to completely lift
the one end off the gravel a few inches. This
is best done by putting a block under it and aligning
the blade directly below the pin hole. This would apply
in situations 1 and 2 under grade. Normally, you want
to start using it this way at the bottom of a hill
to bring the GRAVEL back up the driveway that
washed down if it is a long section. In the top picture,
a bump was just removed. In the bottom picture, there
was a large rut in front of the garage. Look in your
mirror and position the digging blade just over the
center of the bump in the gravel and drive a
few feet and repeat until the bump is gone. You should
start at the furthest bump in the gravel driveway and
work you way backward, leaving the piles of loose GRAVEL
in the low spots to be smoothed out later. The higher
you lift one end, the higher the gravel piles will
be. In the top view it is shown fully loaded but in
most cases it is most effective with 4- 4" blocks in
the pockets closest to the cutting blade as shown in
the lower picture. This is also a great way to bring
a gravel driveway to the same level as an asphalt
road. Just watch in your mirror and pull the pile of
GRAVEL right to the edge of the asphalt. Since one
side is lifted, it will not hit the road. If you
have a straight slope or flat. Is all we have to do
is get the right weight and speed together to smooth
Lets move on to the GRAVEL
- If you have a lot of loose GRAVEL
on top, very little weighting will be required. Holes
and ruts should be filled with the larger aggregate in
the gravel. When it rains, smaller material will
fill the voids between the stones in the gravel and
prevent future washouts of your gravel driveway..
- Extremely hard packed gravel
driveways will require full weighting to cut or
full weighting on one side as shown above. If your Gravel
driveway is in bad shape, it will be a lot easier
to cut right after a rain.
- If you have muddy sections of gravel,
try to get the largest aggregate to fill them. Just putting
more dirt back in may look great but it will just end
up deeper mud when it rains.
- If you want to remove weeds in
your gravel driveway, fully weight one side as
shown above and angle it. Some weeds are to deep rooted
to come out of a driveway. If you routinely use
the groomer, you will keep them in check and keep your gravel
driveway looking great.
- After using the Driveway Groomer,
it is best to drive over it in a different position so
that the GRAVEL gets packed evenly. Especially over the
soft sections. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!! A lot of people
drive over the same exact spot all the time and wonder
why they get ruts in their gravel driveways! If
you get washout regularly, be sure to check the weather
and don't do your driveway just before heavy rains are
expected because you won't have a chance to drive the GRAVEL
DRIVEWAY back to a packed state.
Our GRAVEL DRIVEWAY GROOMER has
been used succesfully on hundreds of driveways. We
wish we could but it is impossible for anyone or any product
to detail the best way to fix any particular problem with
a GRAVEL surface. Every situation is different
and requires different weighting, speed and technique.
We believe in our product as the most versatile, effective
and easy to use way to maintain your GRAVEL DRIVEWAY.
Compare us to the little things you can get for a garden
tractor or Atv and you will find that dollar for dollar,
and performance, you can't beat our Gravel Driveway Groomerproduct
with anything other than a real expensive piece of commercial