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#1 Nxt2doc OFFLINE  

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Posted June 18, 2016 - 08:50 PM

So here's the deal. While traveling back to the ambulance base from posting today I stopped by a buddies house to check in on him.  Yes I was in my district and did not leave any area uncovered. It kind of a perk of the job. He recently had to find a new job due to down sizing and all. He works on mine equipment as a mechanic in our area. So he has some odds and ends laying around his shop that followed him home from the dumpsters at the mine's. He had two blade cutting edges that fit what I assume was a dozer blade. Long and short of it I ended up with one in the cabinet with the oxygen cylinder for the ride to the base and eventually the back of my truck. My idea is to make a rear mounted grader blade out of it for my Wheel Horse 1267. Want to be able to flip it from toothed edge to flat edge so it will have to bolt to its carrier. My question is with it weighing in at about 60 lbs. is it going to be too much for a sleeve hitch. I'm thinking of only extending it about 18 inches out from the hitch. Thank you all for any and all reply's Here's a couple of pics. Don't pat attention to the junk pile in the truck.

 

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Posted June 18, 2016 - 09:27 PM

Looks kinda "over-kill" for a GT to handle by time you make the rest for it. That is ONE THICK piece of metal in middle!


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Posted June 18, 2016 - 09:38 PM

The plus side of it will be not having to weight it down to get it to cut in.
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Posted June 18, 2016 - 09:45 PM

Yeah its about 1/2 inch at the center that was my concern for the sleeve hitch.


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 04:36 AM

Might need a heavy duty lift assist spring!


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 07:12 AM

I checked Brinly's website and their box scraper weighs 74 pounds, the single furrow plow weights 68lbs. They both sit a lot more than 18" back from the hitch. I am pretty sure the hitch will be able to handle the weight, but you may want a lift assist like KennyP mentioned. It takes some serious effort to lift the plow on mine without an assist spring.

 

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 07:22 AM

I had the sleeve hitch on my Cub 108. Put the 10" plow on there and it took both hands to lift that sucker. An assist spring would be a plus!


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 07:41 AM

Assuming you have a manual lift have you considered an electric actuator. A lot of folks are using these on manual lifts. One thing for sure you get it set up right that thing will do some damage. Keep us posted.
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Posted June 19, 2016 - 08:04 AM

Your other option is to see if you can mount it under the middle of the GT. If you can, it will give a smoother finish and will be easier to lift. The mid mount blades are scarce and desireable. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted June 20, 2016 - 05:36 PM

Thanks for all the input. Now to figure out a plan for this little project.






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