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Posted November 04, 2015 - 07:09 AM

Before cutting, can you mock it up? Make certain it will work like you expect?
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Posted November 04, 2015 - 07:41 PM

The blade pivot should be perpendicular to the ground with the blade in the "plow position" to stay flat changing angles.

 

My MF8E has a homemade hydraulic blade setup that has been on there since I got it, 20, 25 years ago somewhere. The blade, pivot and arm had IH logos on it. Anyway it's pivot angle causes the same issues but I just use the blade straight. I have always meant to take the time to alter it then use the original deck lever to change the angles.

 

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Posted November 04, 2015 - 08:04 PM

I could mock it up, but in reality, the blade works great like this. So all I need to do is figure the best way to drop it and reset the point the push rod connects. I am thinking about adding a box across the top welded to the lower frame. That may be just the right drop, as well as giving me a place to mount the cable release for the pivot.

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Posted November 05, 2015 - 03:25 AM

How about this:

 

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Cut at yellow line and move under pivot.(white line) Should flatten blade without trashing all the nice work you have done. Lowering the bracket will also tip the top of the blade back. This will help to roll the snow over on top of it self.

 

Or as stated: Put a ~4" cutting edge on it and be done.


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Posted November 05, 2015 - 08:43 AM

I would do as bmerf stated, but make the cut right behind the swivel point and not by the mount. I think it keeps the mount higher and allows for higher lift on the blade.  

 

here is mine, while custom, same principle. I wanted my blade to lift as high as I could an keep mount high, it was already too low to the ground, but not much choice for me the way I built winch mount. It works pretty well, I have beat on it pretty hard.

 

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Posted November 05, 2015 - 09:49 PM

The problem is that with my pivot & release design is that I don't have a way to do that. I need it flat right out to where the 2" angle iron was welded in. I will be adding bracing on the top, in addition to side plating. image.jpeg

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Posted November 06, 2015 - 05:35 AM

Your blade pivot is very similar to the one I want to use on Alice. I've been contemplating how I want to do it. I'm lurking!



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Posted November 06, 2015 - 09:51 AM

The problem is that with my pivot & release design is that I don't have a way to do that. I need it flat right out to where the 2" angle iron was welded in. I will be adding bracing on the top, in addition to side plating. attachicon.gifimage.jpeg

 

Yea, you may only have the option to drop the pivot mount down in the back.



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Posted November 12, 2015 - 10:10 PM

So I had a thought today, a stroke of genius really..... I simply need to weld 2" of 1/4" stock along the edge of the blade to raise the blade up! Then it will be drilled for a new cutting edge to gain the last 1/2".
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Posted November 12, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Raising the bridge instead of lowering the river. An truly inspired moment.
Will the extra weight be noticeable?
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Posted November 12, 2015 - 10:26 PM

I keep circling around on something and I would feel bad if I didnt say something and it ended up being a problem.

On the OEM blade, the stress is basically into the rear end. With this, it's thru the frame and kinda hanging down.
Regular snow, I am sure it would be ok, but as we get hard pack or rocks frozen to the ground, I am afraid the stress would be cumulative. If you assume worst case scenarios, what would be the weak spot and how to prevent issues/damage?
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Posted November 13, 2015 - 12:58 AM

Extra weight is fine, it's way less than the blower head. As for the stress, my plan is to add a pair of push arms from the bottom rear corners of the front blower bracket, to the rear of the frame. These will be removable when the mower deck goes back on. I designed a plow mount that connected to brackets that mocked the sleeve hitch design. I plan to use something like that. That should eliminate any issues with stress, in fact be stronger than the blade mounted to only the rear of the frame too.
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Posted November 15, 2015 - 12:04 PM

Ok, so I have welded on an additional 2" of stock and with an added 1/2" of the cutting edge, it's almost right where it should be. I will need to weld up and re-cut the angle notched to cut back how far it pivots, but it sits flat now! I still need to V notch the front and weld it solid, but the back is fully welded and ground down. The new material is a bit thicker which is nice too. I also will weld up the old holes for the cutting edge.

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Posted November 15, 2015 - 01:20 PM

That dog'll hunt!
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Posted January 01, 2016 - 07:36 PM

Just a little update... The plow blade is done! I finally had time to weld the front side of the bkade and fill in all the holes from where the cutting edge used to bolt on. I then stripped it down bare and started to paint it. The yellow is a bit light, (New Holland Yellow) but it was all Tractor Supply had.

I did try it out on an inch of super icey wet stuff and it worked great! I caught a rock on my lower drive to the shop and flopped it hard on the trip springs. Even without the adds brace to the snowblower mount, the frame bracket did not move! My plan now is to add a 1" square tubing frame which will mount to the lower rear corners of the blower mount frame, and end at the trailer hitch bracket fir the old plow mount. This will pin in place and be removeable, but stay in place for both the blade and snow blower for adds strength.

Here is a sneak peek at the blade. The rest of the frame will be gloss black to mirror a truck plow. I know it's not Massey Red, but I like yellow plows!

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