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#1 lyall ONLINE  

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:12 PM

I saw were somebody put a pvc pipe on their blade, so that what not pick up the gravel on their driveway.

 

I had a piece of 1-1/2" pvc pipe lying around , so I cut it to length of the blade and cut a slot in the pipe to fit on the blade edge.

I drilled a couple holes and screwed it to a 2x4, so the I could cut the slot on my table saw.

that way it make a straight cut.

 

it fits on the blade tight.

I tried it on the driveway, had to go a little slower because it started to bounce.

I did a good job on the driveway, then I tried the sidewalk.  I did a good job there too.

it was sliding over the grass next to the driveway ans sidewalk.

It did not tear up the grass like the steel blade was doing in the past.

 

it is a keeper.  will keep it for this winter.

 

I wish I had it last fall when I used the blade to push walnuts into a pile.

It tore up the grass.  next year I will use it to push the walnuts into a pile and will not be yelled it for tearing up the grass in the yard.

 

 

 


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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:32 PM

Thanks for sharing.


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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:34 PM

I have read the same trick several different locations with everyone liking it and cheap, make a spare when making your first. Sounds like it is a winner in everyone's book.

 

 

 

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:35 PM

Great job!

 

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 07:46 PM

I will try it too! Thanks!

 

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 08:20 PM

That is a neat idea. It gets so aggrevating to rake all the stone back every spring. Is it able to scrape fairly clean then? Or does it leave a little bit behind?


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Posted December 10, 2013 - 08:54 PM

Good Idea using the table saw and board for your cut, I may give that a try too.
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Posted December 10, 2013 - 10:20 PM

That is a neat idea. It gets so aggrevating to rake all the stone back every spring. Is it able to scrape fairly clean then? Or does it leave a little bit behind?

 

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From what I see using a 1-1/2' or 2" pipe it forces the gravel down.  Like it goes over the gravel, packing or force the gravel down under the blade.

I did check the piles of snow and very little gravel that I could see was in the pile of snow

 

using a small pipe would pick up the gravel.  

using a larger pipe more snow would go under the pipe and packing more snow with the gravel.

 

I should said the gravel on my driveway is 3/4' and smaller.

if you have larger gravel you might get gravel in the snow piles and you might try a larger pipe to see


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 06:44 AM

I'll have to try this. Most of the gravel here is 3/4" to 1". It's also not very level, thus causing the blade to dig in.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 09:31 AM

May have to try this too. Mom's drive is crushed limestone, that stuff is small and ends up in the yard.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 09:45 AM

So this pipe doesn't try to slide off the blade when angled?  Do you have a picture of how this set up looks?  I realize it's pretty simple but I would like to have a look.  I would like to try this as well and I think I even have the pipe.



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Posted December 11, 2013 - 10:02 AM

I've been wondering if the pipe would work on a truck plow? Both my drive and my mothers drive are gravel and even with the shoes adjusted it will dig in on uneven ground. I'll have to dig through the shed for a piece of pipe. I don't have to worry to much right now, the ground is froze, but when the spring thaw and the last of the snow comes it may be more then worth the price of a piece of pipe.



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Posted December 11, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Ive used this PVC trick for a number of years on a 48" blade that mounts to my Gravely walkbehind that I use on the lawn, it has always worked great and the PVC lasts a long time (current piece is 3yrs old and still good).  This year I refirbed a Wheelhorse to use on the stone drive and placed a piece of PVC on that blade,, that piece of PVC didnt last one plowing it shattered and fell off, I attribute the failure to fast ground speed and smacking into the stones, Im going to replace it and slow down. 

 

I have a compact tractor with a 6' meyers or western full sized plow, I have never put PVC on that blade,,, I can tell you it would likely Not last 15 min, the speed, weight of the blade and road surface I use that one on would destroy PVC in short order,,,, there is an alternative on bigger heavier tractor/blades use iron pipe, its more work to split it and it will likely need to be fastened but a heavy blade, rough surface, high travel speed wont affect it. It would be a tougher alternative to the PVC on a smaller, lighter blades of a GT but its not as easy to make and mount for most folks.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 04:59 PM

So this pipe doesn't try to slide off the blade when angled?  Do you have a picture of how this set up looks?  I realize it's pretty simple but I would like to have a look.  I would like to try this as well and I think I even have the pipe.

 

yes the pipe does try to slide.  so I drilled a couple holes and used a wire to hold it in place

 

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Posted December 11, 2013 - 05:08 PM

I didn't have any 1-1/2" PVC pipe, so I thought I would try something different. I had some pieces of composite decking material.

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I cut it down to fit the 'shoe'.

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I set the blade about a 1/4" off the ground.

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Gave it a whirl and I'm a happy camper. Didn't try to dig in at all.

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Not sure of the longevity of this, but we'll see how it works.

 


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