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#1 dmorrill22 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 12:52 AM

Couldn't find a snow plow locally for a decent price (i.e. cheap!) so I decided to make my own. Found a Blade that my grandfather had made from a hot water tank and some angle iron, but it was too far gone and wasn't straight. Kept the angle plate off of it to use on the new blade, and scrapped the rest. I started with some 4" x 1/4" flat bar and rough cut 4 plow ribs with a torch. Then, I ground each one to shape with a grinder. I took one to a local HVAC company, and they rolled a piece of 18 Gauge steel sheet to fit the curve of the rib. I then welded the ribs to a piece of 1/4" x 2" angle iron on the bottom, and a smaller 1/8" x 1" angle iron at the top. Once the basic frame was made, I welded the skin on. The pushframe was made from salvaged steel my grandfather and father gave me. The subframe slides into the mule drive slot on my suburban, and pins to the rear mower deck hanger. It is very easy to install or remove. I have also begun working on an angle rod that will allow me to pivot the blade from my seat, much like a craftsman snow blade setup. I have a lot of "detail" stuff to finish, but the finish line is in sight!

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:15 AM

That is impressive! Nice plow!
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:25 AM

That's a very professional job on the blade/mount. Angle adjustment from the seat is a great feature to have even if it is a lot of work to do it. Keep us posted as you get it completed. Thanks for posting.
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:58 AM

Very nice pusher you've made there. Sounds like all your gauges are thick enough to last too.

Good luck on the angle setup. Lots of geometry there...
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 07:49 AM

Thanks guys! Geomytry for the angling setup isn't too hard to figure out, I used a tie rod end to allow a great range of motion. Testing is great so far. I have a linear actuator I was given that is 8" stroke, and thought about using it for power angle, but I couldn't quite get the geometry setup right. This manual angle is just as good, plus I can save the actuator for something else down the road :thumbs:

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 08:32 AM

Fantastic. Love it!

It's surprising how close your manual angling device is turning out to mine. So you still have to find a way to release the pin from the seat? Looks like you already have it spring-loaded. If that's the case, then I'd recommend what I used which is a heavy cable and motorcycle style hand lever. Make sure you leave the lever extra long. Because although the lever feels really easy when your building it, it will feel like a ton in the winter when everything is wet and your hands are cold. You won't mind leaving in some extra travel then.
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 09:35 AM

Originally I had a bike brake lever that went on the handle, but I misplaced it and cant find it. So I'm just going to grind off the mount for that and make a snowblower style lever, much like the craftsman plow blade levers are setup like. I bought a cheap long bike cable off ebay, and it works great for the pin. I know it probably isn't thick enough, but when it stretches I'll worry about it then. I have it set up so most of the cable runs through the tube, so it doesn't rub on the mount where the tube slides.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 10:14 AM

Originally I had a bike brake lever that went on the handle, but I misplaced it and cant find it. So I'm just going to grind off the mount for that and make a snowblower style lever, much like the craftsman plow blade levers are setup like. I bought a cheap long bike cable off ebay, and it works great for the pin. I know it probably isn't thick enough, but when it stretches I'll worry about it then. I have it set up so most of the cable runs through the tube, so it doesn't rub on the mount where the tube slides.


The adjustment for me has been a problem. Now that I think twice and three times about it, I'm wondering if it would be worth just using a solid 1/8 inch rod from the handle to a lever on the pin.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 11:15 AM

I kinda like the setup on the massey blades.

http://gardentractor...ons-for-mf-630/
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 11:19 AM

I kinda like the setup on the massey blades.

http://gardentractor...ons-for-mf-630/


Yeah, I'd think it would make sense if I saw one in person. I have most of the pieces together for a solid link. May give er a try when I hook it up in the fall.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 03:05 PM

Looks like a good job. The PO of my GT 18 had a snowplow setup with a winch like yours... only problem was he made the frame out of thin-gauge angle iron like that used for shelving--all held together with bolts. I removed it, and will keep the winch for another project.

What I want to do now is to get a loader for one of my tractors--probably for my Case since I have hydraulic pump already available.
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Posted July 08, 2012 - 09:57 AM

How about a pin/spring deal like the Wheel Horse plows use for the angle release?

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Posted July 09, 2012 - 11:00 PM

KC9KAS, I'd love to see more pics of your setup! Did you make the entire setup, or just the push frame?

My setup is similar. I have the pin underneath the spring, and the cable pulls up on the pin and then I can use the handle to move the blade side to side. The spring forces the pin back once it reachs a hole.

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Posted July 10, 2012 - 07:24 AM

This is good stuff. I also have the spring/pin deal. But the only thing I dont like is working a cable to pull the pin. I like that setup on the wheel horse.

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Posted July 10, 2012 - 08:41 PM

Ya the cable isn't ideal, but it was very cheap and should last a couple winters. Made building the angle setup a breeze too.




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