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#16 KC9KAS OFFLINE  

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Posted July 11, 2012 - 03:47 PM

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

The pictures ARE NOT my build, but the fellow doing the building is making it look exactlly like the store bought Wheel Horse push plows.

I just reworked a plow and was going to use a cable...I actually had a brand-new cable for an emergency brake on an auto. It was looking like more fab work that what I was wanting to do, so I just made the angle handle and the pivot release and used heavy wire (just like original) . I turned a 42" blade into a 54" blade for my Wheel Horse GT-14.

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Posted July 11, 2012 - 04:17 PM

Nice job!!! :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:

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Posted November 19, 2012 - 02:31 PM

Sorry for the lack of updates guys. I am currently off at college, so work has halted since I left. I am hoping to get the plow in a usable state before January. I have a few important things left to finish - hoping to get them done while I am home this week. I'll try to post an update sometime then.

I didn't realize I had left out the link to the rest of the pictures of the project, so here they are:

http://s860.beta.pho......Plow Project
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Posted November 19, 2012 - 03:10 PM

That looks awesome! Nice and heavy. Thanks for sharing the build. I look forward to progress updates. :thumbs:


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Posted November 19, 2012 - 06:59 PM

Awesome plow you made there. Be looking for the updates!

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 09:17 AM

Here is a couple crappy cell pictures of the bracket I made to hold the angle rod and the switch setup for the winch:

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The switch is wired to the contactor for the winch, and I made a handle to operate it so I can wear gloves and not worry about fiddling with a tiny switch.
I just have to make a box to cover the switch mechanism, and add in a light that indicates when the plow is raised fully.

As for the plow blade itself, I haven't had a chance to work on it much this week, so I won't have much to share until december. I did work on getting the edge bolted on - still have a few holes to drill, but it is almost done. Also got all of the rust stripped on the blade so it is ready for paint when all is finished.

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Posted December 22, 2012 - 01:14 PM

Made some significant progress this vacation. Don't have the metal push frame done enough to use this winter - it needs a bit more welding. I don't have a welder, so it will have to wait till this summer. In the meantime, I cobbled up some wooden push arms to use for this winter. Should last me the winter, that's all I need it to do. Painted up the blade and all the little parts, and should be ready to be assembled within a day or two.

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First coat on mount:
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Temporary wooden mount (made from original push plate):
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Blade with the edge:
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Posted December 22, 2012 - 01:19 PM

The blade looks great. Hope the wooden mounts hold up for you, just watch for cracking and don't get to carried away.
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Posted December 22, 2012 - 06:00 PM

I hope it works for you. That's thinking outside the box. If I were closer, I'd bring the mig over and fix it right for you!

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Posted December 22, 2012 - 07:43 PM

Thanks guys! Shouldn't be too much of a problem, but if the push arms break, it will only take a minute to make new ones.
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Posted December 22, 2012 - 11:59 PM

Not to Hijack your Thread but i just thought i would share some pictures of my Homemade blade your blade Looks Awesome especially with that Fresh paint did you go with a Hardened cutter bar ?
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Posted December 23, 2012 - 01:16 AM

8tyman8, I ended up going with a 1/4" x 4" piece of flat bar. Not hardened or anything. I figure I will use shoes on the plow for a good portion of the winter, and any wear on the edge without the shoes would be marginal. Your plow setup looks great :thumbs:

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Posted December 26, 2012 - 03:35 PM

Very impressive!  I'm anxious to get going on mine.


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Posted June 06, 2013 - 02:05 PM

It's been quite some time since I have updated this thread.  The wood push arms didn't last more than 2 seconds, as the plow got snagged on a concrete chunk and snapped the arms like toothpicks.  I rigged some metal push arms that worked fine but did not allow the plow to swivel as it was too close to the front of the tractor.

Summer is here, so I have been working on the push frame.  It is now ready to be prepped for paint.  I had to add gussets to the plow pivot point underneath the winch, and after testing the plow out in the dirt today, it is holding together fine:

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I relocated the lift chain to the push tubes, rather than the plow blade itself.  This will make turning the blade easier.
The side-to-side pivot lock will need to be redesigned, so I am working on that soon.  Here is what it looks like currently:

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Here is a shot of the engine bay right now.  I hooked the alternator up last night and verified it is working - the bungee cord is only temporary and was used to tension the alternator belt for testing:

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I added a switch to the shifter area so I can wire in my rear spotlight to come on only in reverse.  This should save on the battery drain slightly, as well as the bulb's life:

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This is a view of the plow switch and lever.  The switch is wired with a trailer harness extension, so it can be removed easily when the plow is off the tractor.  The white wire hanging by the switch will be used for an indicator light when I add a limit switch to the plow.  The light will turn on when the plow is fully raised:

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Here is a top view.  The tab with the hole in it is the mounting point for the remote angling handle, which is mounted with an eyebolt through the hole.  It is designed to work much like a craftsman snow plow:

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And here are a few shots of the tractor after playing in the dirt, testing the strength of the push frame:

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Posted June 06, 2013 - 04:44 PM

Now I can see it, that makes sense.

What kind of switch are you using, Any links to the spec sheet on it?


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