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Posted November 20, 2016 - 04:41 PM

Making some progress on the plow blade retro fit.

We are taking an Ariens plow blade and modifying a front quick hitch setup for my father's bx25 to accept this ariens made plow.

We first thought about hooking the plow blade onto the FEL however the blade is a pivot type and the Front End Loader is only engineered to have a forward force applied on it and not a side to side force.
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Today we took the FEL off and got some quick connects for the lift cylinder we are going to use but ended up getting the wrong fittings! Damn! So now I guess you'll have to settle for a few pics of the FEL coming off and a couple tractor wheelies after we disconnected it! Compliments of dad ;)4960f11e318e7c6543bfd2fce2b02167.jpgf2f96bf884e4ddce733cf26de2857860.jpgee51bfb89cf19946d72fe69c07e0bd3d.jpgc830cd9dcb085e61c5771c3acdd1c376.jpghttps://vimeo.com/192371716
Here is what it will look like with the blade out front. 785866c6dd1c9d42d2ba5a630ef2fa39.jpg7b7ade86f9f71d87dc9eb70d89292c06.jpg


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Posted November 20, 2016 - 05:48 PM

I guess I forgot to post a picture of the quick hitch setup! Here it is! 0a22a130c120e0ff9c5e12039442a26d.jpg


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Posted November 20, 2016 - 07:45 PM

I have often thought that a front plow, rear snowblower would be a faster way to go on the smaller amount snowfalls. Let us know how you like it.
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Posted November 20, 2016 - 10:29 PM

I have been thinking about a blower on the back for a while. I think I would really enjoy that. Extra weight and a blower with you for the drifts that the plow struggles to get through.
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Posted November 21, 2016 - 06:15 AM

I have often thought that a front plow, rear snowblower would be a faster way to go on the smaller amount snowfalls. Let us know how you like it.

I will definitely keep you posted! Should be much quicker with the blade and blower combo!

I have been thinking about a blower on the back for a while. I think I would really enjoy that. Extra weight and a blower with you for the drifts that the plow struggles to get through.

Same here! I might end up building/ modifying a blower for the 3ph of the S-16. Probably won't happen this year but maybe sometime in the future. Would be nice to have both on the tractor when you need them, and nice to have options when you're out clearing snow!


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Posted November 21, 2016 - 06:38 AM

One of my many ideas is take a tiller like I have and split it at the pivot point. Then mount a blower to that. It would give factory clutch and lift.
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Posted November 21, 2016 - 04:23 PM

One of my many ideas is take a tiller like I have and split it at the pivot point. Then mount a blower to that. It would give factory clutch and lift.

thats a pretty neat idea! i saw an ariens for sale not long ago and it had a self powered walk behind  blower mounted on the 3ph lol! it was quite something so see.


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Posted November 21, 2016 - 05:35 PM

Progress on our project today, we got the quick connect fittings on the lines for the lift cylinder and tested the stroke. Seems to be working just fine, now we need one more cylinder for the pivot left and right and we'll have our hydraulics all taken care of.

On the fabrication side of things I might get over there and play around a bit after supper. If I do I'll be mocking up cylinder mounts and making some adjustments on the length of the flat bars.


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Posted November 21, 2016 - 09:07 PM

Little more progress tonight on the quick hitch setup. Got most of the welding finished up. Still need to weld in the cylinder mounts and the the plow mounts. But she's coming together nicely!

Here's a couple more picsfe5d62d4f873d0f48af84a975de54ac7.jpg9428f1f95c6568bd024938ed31f21c3b.jpg33fa626854cdff99f2d47885c531ad89.jpg


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Posted November 22, 2016 - 06:30 AM

Nice work :thumbs:   Is the reason they don't want side  load on the loader because it's a quick mount type ?



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Posted November 22, 2016 - 06:40 AM

Nice fab work Jim. Its coming together nicely.

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Posted November 22, 2016 - 08:19 PM

Nice work :thumbs: Is the reason they don't want side load on the loader because it's a quick mount type ?

Think of the loader arms as a big lever, the force is a lot greater where it mounts to the tractor compared to the force applied at the bucket! And the further away from the mounts you go the more force you will be applying. So this is our way of making it a little easier on the tractor. Mount the blade nice and close to the frame! (We are hoping?) lol!


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Posted November 22, 2016 - 09:17 PM

Nice fab work Jim. Its coming together nicely.

Thanks Shorty! Couple more things to do yet but she's starting to look like something.

Here's a little clip of the lift cylinder in action.

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This is the next piece I need to fabricate so the plow blade will hook up
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Posted November 23, 2016 - 08:20 PM

Getting closer!! Here's the progress report for the day.

Got the "shoes" tacked on and test fitted the blade. Everything seems to line up and fit real nice.
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The hooks will be thrown on the water jet tomorrow and then the last pieces of the puzzle will be the cylinder mounts and should have holes drilled for pins by tmr or Friday then powder coat on the weekend if everything goes as planned.


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Posted November 24, 2016 - 08:19 AM

With using this blade on what I assume is a heavier more powerful tractor, it makes me curious how well it will handle the extra oomph.

I had picked up a blade at a sale and adapted it to my S-16. With a bit of aggressive plowing it is starting to resemble a v plow instead of a straight blade.
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