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Posted January 14, 2013 - 10:39 AM

Going along with the other snow plow thread, I guess I will post my build from last winter. After getting my 16/6, I knew I wanted a plow of some sort. I had a craftsman blade with no mount, bought a Harbor Freight 2K winch for $49 and have a friend who works at a steel distributor so I got my steel for her cost.

So I got to work and designed system for what I thought would be the best for me, I wanted a mule mount for the winch and for some reason had in my head I only wanted a single arm from mount to blade. Off I went with my tape measure, sharpie, grinder and my Harbor Freight mig 151 flux welder.

Below is the results. I was overall very happy with how it came out.

I would've changed though if I did it over, make the winch mount higher and removeable just for more options to lift things with just winch, removeable so I could open hood or whatever. Also I found I had to have extra arms on side of single mount do to lateral forces when pushing, would've designed with a V mount from the beginning.

 

So here is a few pics of mule mount for the winch. Made it from some angle and just welded all up.

 

Tools

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materials

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mount

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lower plate for arm

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winch mocked up

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Posted January 14, 2013 - 10:53 AM

I wanted the blade to be able to lift high and also kind of out from tractor so that is why I went with the single arm and not mounted to factory axle mounts like Sears blade.

 

mock up for top arm for winch and blade.....Rut Roh, got an issue with angle.

 

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Here is some more lower mount mock up

 

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now on to that angle problem. Decided to shave off top of tube to slide into blade, then cut bird's mouth and re-weld to make level.

 

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not perfectly level, but ended up working great pushing snow

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now to upper arm mount

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my brain didn't work well so I cut a slot in arm and made it more complicated than it should have been.

I have since gotten rid of that set up and just went with heavy eye bolt I can turn so pulley will sit right.

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Close to complete

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Posted January 14, 2013 - 10:59 AM

That looks to be working real good. Gives me more ideas!


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 11:02 AM

I know I needed extra support behind pushing bar so I used some angle and pipe, ran a bar back to the rear mower deck mount, sorry for dark pics

 

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So I mentioned earlier about lateral movement, played with a few solutions but this is what I ended up with and actually

works well.

 

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in primer

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winch controls mounted, still need to add quick disconnects when I need to remove

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Test run, I loaded 55 drums up with rabbit manure at my house, then take to dad's and dump on

garden, I'm betting maybe 350#'s.....need more rear ballist.

 

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lifting up on back of trailer, no problem

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Okay guys/girls....my company thinks I actually need to work so gotta go. I will finish write up with pics of the bucket later if I have more free time today.


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 11:37 AM

Wow, that is a great job of fabrication.  Very well done.  I like all the step by step pictures.  Great job.  :thumbs: 


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Looks nice. Also looks like you could adapt it to a small bucket too!


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Great set-up :thumbs: You'll really be able to pile up the snow with that blade height !  I can see different attachments that would be easily made to work with that , forks , trip bucket , a carrier , bet the list will go on and on  , Al


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Ok, so we continue. I worked on this 2011 Christmas break and wouldn't ya know it, no snow last yr in Cincy, DOH! I had to wait until this year to try it out with snow. Well, it didn't let me down, I did 7 driveways in one day and I love the high lift, man can I pile the snow up high.

So being pretty much finished, here are some thoughts.

I would've made my winch mount higher and used some receiver tube to make it removable. I have to remove entire mule mount now and it would've be much easier.

Next I would've made the plow arm in a triangle or at least did the mount different, I never took into consideration lateral movement in my design and it bit me. Oh well, my fix works.

I did have to replace the switch on the cheapo china winch after just using it for testing, plastic broke. I got a SPDT momentary toggle and made a mount off the side of the dash, sorry no pics.

You guys are spot on, I did make a single arm fork for moving my drums and I had plans to make a clamshell bucket. I obtain the dump bucket I got so that went on hold, Now I have my Massey 1855 which will get a "bufort bucket" style mini FEL so the clamshell will never happen.

 

Here is a couple random pics, bucket thoughts, and the fork when needed

 

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Posted January 14, 2013 - 12:54 PM

Boy, that's a ways out there. But, if it works! Cool ideas. Thanks for posting all this!


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 12:57 PM

Something I forgot to add, I also need to add a small limiting switch to both blade and bucket. I have needed to raise them high in the air, not paying attn I lifted too high and broke the winch cable a few times. Switch would limit my lift and shut off winch, definitely in the works.

 

Ok on to the bucket. As I said,  clamshell was in the design, but a couple of locals build backyard things for sears when they aren't fencing, got a good deal on this even though it's cobbled together. My time building one was worth the money I paid.

I had to do some mods as they built this to fit the Sears axle mounts, I needed to move it out to fit mine. I actually just welded a tab in ther center of their two outer tabs, then ran two longs 5/8" bolts in from the sides. Works pretty well. I also had to cut off the center upright and move it to the middle to do what I wanted. They used a privacy gate latch for the trip using a wire to pull when they lifted it. Once I moved the center upright over I was able to make to a couple plates on the winch upright and bucket so now it's an auto dumping bucket. Works great, once high enough, it trips itself, then I just lower to ground and it will relatch itself. These rednecks actually have a little ingenuity. It does need to be made out of thicker plate though, they can bend under a heavy bucket load. You can see in last pic, I cut off all the un-necessary steel and made it a lot cleaner.

So here are some pics

 

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trip latch

 

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here the trip arm hit the winch dumping bucket too early

 

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You can see the interference if using their mounts, just moved forward to fit blade mount

 

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First time I used it, cleaning up chipping from stump grinders

 

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I had to move rabbit poop this weekend, tractor makes much less of a mess of the field than truck/trailer so I hauled over the parents to haul back to dump pile. That's about 350-400#'s per drum, wet poop is heavy!!!

 

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Getting ready to dump, you can see I painted the winch mount this fall too.

 

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Bucket dumped

 

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So, boys and girls that is pretty much the end of the show. I do have some more details pics of the mount/blade build, just ask and I can always snap more pics if needed.

Any questions ask away.

Oh, I am running Deestone 23x10.50 ags, loaded with 6 gals washer fluid, 35# or so wheel weights, and two truck rotors hanging off back. Drum in bucket will still lift wheel if lifted too high.

...and yes I am running a GM alternator too to help keep battery charge for winch. Used it for all day pushing snow few weeks ago, she never ran outta gas battery wise. Good too cause the coil needs the juice to to run.


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 01:01 PM

Boy, that's a ways out there. But, if it works! Cool ideas. Thanks for posting all this!

 

 

Yes, maybe too much, but I wanted the high lift which it provides. It does lower lifting ability so I have to be careful, rear gets real light, I have to stay on tractor hauling drums or the rear will come off ground. I have about max weight on the back I want, .....trade off, want one thing have to give up something else.


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 01:07 PM

That's all neat. Gives lots of ideas. Might have to try some of this.


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 01:21 PM

Interesting and effective engineering. You did a great job of getting a lot into a small package with your mount. Enjoyed the project.


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 02:14 PM

Neat ideas! I enjoyed reading this thread. Gives me more ideas that I would be capable of. :thumbs:


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 02:54 PM

Nice job. Good enginering . Simple designs and effective results. I like .

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