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#1 kgingeri OFFLINE  

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Posted February 02, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Hi, just found this forum today and thought I'd share my snow blade project.

Hopefully it'll inspire some other creativity  :wave: !

 

I'll post some finalized plans (altered with final configurations) and then some pictures.

The pictures aren't great (hence the plans) and they are of things when I first fabricated this thing, so do not necessarily reflect how things are now....

 

Enjoy:

 

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Now the pictures - captions are below each...

 

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Here is the box frame that connects the blade to the tractor.

I started out with the springs shown, but ended up changing them as in the plans.

 

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Lift rod, but it wasn't left mounted in the hinge half as that pivots with spring action if I hit ice etc.

I ended up welding on a tab separate directly on the box frame, just behind the hinge.

This worked better then expected.  The mower lever has notches so when pushing I hold down the release or the lift rod will bend.  I can apply a slight pressure this way to, but not much.

 

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Next was figuring out where to mount the mid crossbar (it ended up just below the first bend in the tube steels).  I wanted it as low as possible for push, but also the safety spring action if I hit something solid.

 

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Next was angle for plowing. Too much and I'd be running over snow with the wheels, but not enough meant poor plowing action (snow won't run off the blade to the side).

 

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With all that figured out I could weld up the second hinge halves and the angle link. 

 

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Without the link and extra pin, the blade mounts straight (a manual operation to change).

The link and extra pin are laying on the floor here.

 

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Finally the plastic from the barrel goes on.  A big barrel with straight sides is prefered, but I had one with only the mid section that was straight.  So I cut it out, and then that into thirds for the blade.

Pieces are screwed on about 3 screws to each of the 4 tube steel members.  This has held fine so far.

 

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Finally painted and ready to test.

 

Other than springs and stops on the hinge halves that move, It has worked great this year (2013-14) in southern Ontario snow.  I started out pushing the snow quite far back on the lawn. BUT with the abundance of snow we've had, I've needed to use my hand snow boat to clear it back even farther!

 

Oh yeah, I did change the scraper to bite a bit more - when I added the new springs. At first I had the leading edge just a bit higher than the trailing (the fence post is a T shape and I have two edges down - the top of the T facing forward - see plans).  I did this thinking I'd not worry about skid shoes.  I still have no skids and both edges touching the floor. It clears down to pavement better now.  If the pavement was dry (can't wait for spring) then the blade does chatter a bit, partly due to the spring action and also due to no skids.

 

I have chains on the back, but no weights.  

This is a light lawn tractor - "Weed Eater" branded by Poulan and is a 12.5hp Briggs.  

It has no problem pushing this blade.

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Karl :v)


Edited by kgingeri, February 03, 2014 - 01:00 AM.

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Posted February 03, 2014 - 12:06 AM

:welcome: to GTTalk and thanks for the pictures.

Looks like a well designed and implemented blade you've built there. Your fabrication looks great.

I didnt quite understand the angle mechanism and how that works. I assume its manual (off the seat) operation.

Thanks for sharing the design.
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Posted February 03, 2014 - 12:31 AM

:welcome: to GTTalk and thanks for the pictures.

Looks like a well designed and implemented blade you've built there. Your fabrication looks great.

I didnt quite understand the angle mechanism and how that works. I assume its manual (off the seat) operation.

Thanks for sharing the design.

Thanks MH81,

 

Yes it is a manual off-the-seat operation.  The added link gives the angle, either one side or the other. 

The whole blade detaches with two pins.  Nice for parking.


Edited by kgingeri, February 03, 2014 - 12:32 AM.

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Posted February 03, 2014 - 01:50 AM

Welcome to GTT. Nice work! Relax and enjoy the site. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 01:53 AM

:welcometogttalk:  Great idea with the plastic barrel. How much snow have you pushed with it?



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 02:13 AM

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Great job Karl!

 

 



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 02:28 AM

Hello there and welcome :wave:



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 05:53 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum. Neat blade you have built there! Glad it is working for you.



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 06:19 AM

Very nice build. Have you tried lifting the blade yet. It looks like it may be hard to lift although the plastic blade will help make it lighter.



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 06:43 AM

Welcome to GTTalk !!! Nice build with pictures too :thumbs:

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Posted February 03, 2014 - 07:03 AM

Welcome to the forums, Karl! Nice build on the blade. And pics on the first post. :thumbs:



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 07:17 AM

Good job Karl.   I like how you used metal and barrel and common stuff that most folks have and made a functioning snow plow. You had a need and used your mind and came up with a solution.  I like how you didn't  go big and heavy, you would have trouble with something heavy on a light lawn tractor.   Very good thinking Karl. Is there anything you need to change on your design or add to it?  Is there a build number two, like stay in the seat angle blade?   R&D  makes for better product.  You did a good job showing how you did your build with plans and pictures.  How long from idea to testing did it take you?   Do you have other projects on your mind?   How much did it cost you to build?   Oh yea, I like the welding too.   Thanks for showing your snow plow, I enjoyed your post. 



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 08:49 AM

Great documentation on your build.  I like the lightweight design.  I know my dozer/snowblade on my old sears is heavy, but your post goes to show that you don't need anything as heavy duty to take care of a snow fall.  Thanks for sharing this!



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 09:00 AM

Nice looking blade. I am noticing a lot of comercial pickup blades(especially for 150 class) are using Plastic Vinyl inserts in the blades and they seem to hold up pretty well. They sure take a lot of weight off the front suspension.


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Posted February 03, 2014 - 09:19 AM

Welcome!

Looks like a good design and set up well. Glad it works for you.

I have the same little mower I got free, it cut a lot of grass this summer.







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