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Posted August 21, 2012 - 07:22 PM

Looks good. Those punches are a life saver




If Kenny only makes one mistake per job he must be super human. I try to limit it to one mistake per half hour.

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Posted August 21, 2012 - 07:59 PM

Looking great Ryan, excellent fab work. My suggestion is to make a cross brace between the blocks to draw them together a little a take up your slack a little as well as solidify them as a unit.

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Posted August 21, 2012 - 08:42 PM

Looking great Ryan, excellent fab work. My suggestion is to make a cross brace between the blocks to draw them together a little a take up your slack a little as well as solidify them as a unit.


Was going to, but they are so solid as it is and I don't think those things will ever bend. Because they are so solid, there is no way to draw them together without heat, and if I do pull them in it will be to tight of a fit around the frame.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 02:34 PM

I welded up the front pieces!
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I put them on and they hold the plow very well!
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Lifting it is not hard, but it is not easy either, I am going to get an assist spring and hook it up to take some of the weight off.

Tomorrow I will pull them back off for paint.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 05:37 PM

Very nice.

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 05:57 PM

Excellent work Ryan, glad you completed the project.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 01:49 AM

Glad to see this working for you, Ryan!

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 05:52 AM

Nice job Ryan !!! , Bet without a spring assist it's almost imposible to lift ! Least for me it would be lol , Al

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 07:48 AM

This is great stuff. Be sure not to get carried away with the spring assist, because if you make it too "light", it will ride up while plowing snow. It's only the weight of the plow that keeps it down on the ground.

On the opposite side, too much weight will start removing chunks of whatever your plowing, so getting that right somewhere in between is key.
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Posted August 23, 2012 - 07:53 AM

Thanks everybody!

This is great stuff. Be sure not to get carried away with the spring assist, because if you make it too "light", it will ride up while plowing snow. It's only the weight of the plow that keeps it down on the ground.

On the opposite side, too much weight will start removing chunks of whatever your plowing, so getting that right somewhere in between is key.


The big gear on the lift lever holds it in position, technically. I want to get a spring and set it up so that is a little less then equal so that I can keep one hand on the lift lever and "float" as I plow with it.

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 03:56 AM

If I had known you were making these, I would have had a good friend of mine who is a machinist make some up for free as I would like to add them to my 1973. Well mainly cut out the shapes out of solid steel with CNC or plasma table. It probably would have saved you quite a bit of time as well.

I ran into the same issue lifting the damn plow its not something you want to do by hand. I just bought an entire Hydraulic system for a 1618 that was being parted out. I plan to eventually swap out the vavle for a joystick or a 2-3 spool valve and add hydraulic angle to the plow. However I need a new plow for my powerking, the one I have is mangled.

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