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3 Phase Lightbulb
12-10-2005, 02:41 PM
I started building my snow plow this morning.

I'm taking a break right now so I put together this little website that shows everything I've done since this morning. Go here and click on the small pictures in sequence and I've written up everything that I've done today:

http://www.bbssystem.com/snowplow/index.html

Here is what it looks like currently:

http://www.bbssystem.com/snowplow/photos/photo13.jpg

I still have to drill the aluminum sheet and pop-rivet it to the plow ribs.. I'm going to start doing that after I have dinner.

The plan is to finish building this plow blade today, start working on the A-Frame tonight, finish everything by tomorrow and plow my driveway http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

http://www.bbssystem.com/snowplow/photos/photo16.jpg

-Adrian

Happy
12-10-2005, 02:54 PM
is it for an atv? I like the work, and not to pick on it, but it wouldn't last a month on my drive way. Which is why I got a $5000 snowblower. Which, I have plenty of repair work into.

[This message has been edited by Happy (edited 12-10-2005).]

IOWOLF
12-10-2005, 03:45 PM
Yea,not to pick on you,but you must have very little snow there,or a very smooth drive.

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The tame Wolf !

Your Old Dog
12-10-2005, 03:58 PM
Unless you drive your plow like a Kamakazee over a rock field I'll bet your blade will work just fine. I've had a Western and presently have a Meyer's and they're both hard on the front end of the truck due to the extreme weight.

Something tells me you have a blacktop or concrete drive and your rig will work fine. If you were going to plow for a living you might want something more durable.

[This message has been edited by Your Old Dog (edited 12-10-2005).]

3 Phase Lightbulb
12-10-2005, 04:07 PM
My plow is stronger than it needs to be. I'm only going to be plowing my driveway with it which is smooth blacktop.

I'm almost done riviting the aluminum. I've got 4 rivets on each rib so far. I'll TIG the seam later. 8)

http://www.bbssystem.com/snowplow/plow.jpg

-Adrian

hoffman
12-10-2005, 05:02 PM
WAIT!! Don't weld it up yet. I think you're supposed to put it on the FRONT of the buggy...

mochinist
12-10-2005, 05:50 PM
I don't know if it will work good or not, I have never had to plow snow. What I want to know is how you walk around your shop without tripping and breaking your neck, you have stuff everywhere it seems. Anyways looks nice and nobody can say you don't have a lot of energy, I think gatorade should film you for a comercial.

gunsmith
12-10-2005, 06:03 PM
It was nice to see your frame. I am about to do somthing similar for my tractor but wasn't sure about the frame behind the facing. My idea is much the same with the exception of were you used aluminum, I am going to use 1/4" UHMW (plastic). It is cheaper and lighter with greater strength and wear resistance. Fastening is the tricky part. Instead of welding I will be using "elevator bolts". My cutting edge is salvaged from a grader because I plan on using it for grading the gravel in the drive come summer. Nice work.

JRouche
12-10-2005, 06:43 PM
You shur do work fast. You get more done in a morning than I have done all year

Are you gonna attach it right to the fiber glass on the push vehicle http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

Looks good, JRouche

PHiers
12-10-2005, 07:10 PM
Looks like nice work Adrian, pay no attention to the Wolf, he is just being a troll as usual,,,, http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif



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3 Phase Lightbulb
12-10-2005, 08:30 PM
Well, it was a REALLY long day, but I finished the snow plow blade. I did take one power nap http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif It's a lot stronger than I thought it would be which is a really nice surprise. Tomorrow I'll build the A-frame, additional structural support, the long ram attachments and the electric hoist and mount it to my truck. I think all of the hard parts are done.

http://www.bbssystem.com/snowplow/plow2.jpg

-Adrian

IOWOLF
12-11-2005, 06:06 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mochinist:
I don't know if it will work good or not, I have never had to plow snow. What I want to know is how you walk around your shop without tripping and breaking your neck, you have stuff everywhere it seems. Anyways looks nice and nobody can say you don't have a lot of energy, I think gatorade should film you for a comercial.</font>

Thats it feed his ego some more.



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The tame Wolf !

IOWOLF
12-11-2005, 06:12 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by PHiers:
Looks like nice work Adrian, pay no attention to the Wolf, he is just being a troll as usual,,,, http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

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Don't be a Dick,Paul.we could wait and see if it holds up,but if it breaks we will never know.



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The tame Wolf !

IOWOLF
12-11-2005, 06:22 AM
"My plow is stronger than it needs to be. I'm only going to be plowing my driveway with it which is smooth blacktop."


When your neighbors find out about it,You will do those also,Especially when you feel sorry for them shoveling a foot of wet snow.

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The tame Wolf !

mochinist
12-11-2005, 11:14 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by IOWOLF:
Don't be a Dick,Paul.we could wait and see if it holds up,but if it breaks we will never know.</font>

If you can be a dick, why can't he?


<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by IOWOLF:
Thats it feed his ego some more.</font>I gueess I don't mind, unlike you he doesn't intimidate me.

3 Phase Lightbulb
12-11-2005, 02:55 PM
Well, after looking under my truck it's clear I'm not going to finish building the mount today http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif I thought my frame rails were going to be right there for me to bolt bracks up to but all kinds of junk is in the way. I'm going to have to fabricate some special mounts that will take some time..

If anyone has a picture of a set of mounts for a 2001 RAM 2500 4x4, let me know...

-Adrian

CCWKen
12-11-2005, 03:26 PM
I Don't have pictures but look at J. Thomas' catalog. They have all sorts of Myer, Boss and Western parts. Their paper catalog shows diagrams but I don't know about online.

www.j-thomas.com (http://www.j-thomas.com)

Been years since I shoveled snow but I can tell ya that thing will crumple up like newspaper when you hit some ice patches.

IOWOLF
12-11-2005, 03:35 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mochinist:
If you can be a dick, why can't he?


Originally posted by IOWOLF:
Thats it feed his ego some more.</font>I gueess I don't mind, unlike you he doesn't intimidate me.

Well ,I intimidate you,Mission acomplished.

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif



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The tame Wolf !

mochinist
12-11-2005, 05:46 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by IOWOLF:
Well ,I intimidate you,Mission acomplished.

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

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Yes IOPUPPY scares me

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BillH
12-11-2005, 06:21 PM
Hmm, how to get even with Fascist moderators? I need that issue.
For over 20 years our old houses 800ft long driveway was plowed with our John Deere 140 garden tractor. SLAM it into a snow bank, Reverse it, SLAM it in again, thats how we dealt with too much snow. That damn tractor kept on taking it and never flynched. One hell of a good tractor. Must say though, that plow looks a tad on the light side and once your neighbors see it they will be asking you for help. I always plowed my neighbors driveway when he was away.

3 Phase Lightbulb
12-11-2005, 08:16 PM
I only worked for a half day today.. Had to get the xmas tree and other things but I was able to almost finish my plow mount. I cut up some Camaro Z28 trailing arms and rear-end struts to make the plow mount. The plow angle pivoting point has rubber bushings and also the plow lifting pivoting point also has rubber bushings. The 3/16" plates on the end will be TIG welded to the bracket that attaches to my truck (have to make it). The tower/winch will be attached to the brackets. I'll be able to tilt the plow and also adjust it's angle with the long rams. I can't wait to mount this thing.

http://www.bbssystem.com/snowplow/plowb1.jpg

http://www.bbssystem.com/snowplow/plowb2.jpg

http://www.bbssystem.com/snowplow/plowb3.jpg

-Adrian

Willy
12-12-2005, 01:23 AM
Adrian,I work for a road maintenance contractor in British Columbia,Can.I plow a lota snow every night and I think I've got a pretty good handle on the subject,just a note to let you know I like what your doing and we both know

Willy
12-12-2005, 01:45 AM
oops to previous post. Adrian,I work for a road maintenance contractor in British Columbia,Can.,I plow a lota snow every night and I think I've got a pretty good handle on the subject,just a note to let you know I like what your doing, and we both know that you're not going to earn your living with this project. If something breaks,no big deal,you'll learn and redesign it in your phase two plow.That's how we learn,there is no one amongst us that got everything right the first time.Look at the auto manufactures,they've been building cars for over 100 years and every year they have so many recalls that you'd think it was the first car that they'd built!I like your project,niether one of us thinks it's perfect,we don't live in a perfect world where everything is done exactly the way we'd like.Thanks for having the balls to share your work.Keep up the good work.

Evan
12-12-2005, 03:06 AM
It will work for what Adrian needs to plow. It won't hold up to all conditions and if he hits a buried tree stump it will fold in half but I don't think that will be an issue at his place. At my place I sometimes plow a road down to my back field which is a little less than a kilometer or so round trip and I can't always remember exactly where the stumps are (ten thousand trees, a few for firewood each year). When I hit one it just shears off a bolt because the blade is 3/8" steel.

JimH
12-12-2005, 09:09 AM
Are you going to use skid pads to hols the blade slightly off of the asphalt? Or just replace the scraper every year or so?

I put skid pads on mine that are hardened. Then once or twice a year I run some hard surfacing rod on them. The pads are adjustable up and down by inserting or removing washers as needed.

J

3 Phase Lightbulb
12-12-2005, 10:43 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by JimH:
Are you going to use skid pads to hols the blade slightly off of the asphalt? Or just replace the scraper every year or so?

I put skid pads on mine that are hardened. Then once or twice a year I run some hard surfacing rod on them. The pads are adjustable up and down by inserting or removing washers as needed.

J</font>

Yup, I have a pair of these that I have not installed yet:

http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/10374_lg.jpg

I'm going to install them last after I've got the best plow angle figured out. (weld brackets onto the end ribs for each foot) The plow will ride on two of those feet. The cutting edge will probably sit an 1/2 - 1" or so above the blacktop. The blade will ride on the feet most of the time and scrape when not on level ground. If the scraping causes any problems I'll install a 3rd foot in the middle.

-Adrian

lynnl
12-12-2005, 11:19 AM
'scuse my ignorance in this matter, but why are skids used rather than wheels or rollers?
Would rollers tend to freeze up too much?

Your Old Dog
12-12-2005, 12:15 PM
Lynnl, I don't have wheels on my Meyer but they use a long skid. It constantly gets turned sideways to my gravel drive and digs up the drive. I switched to a set like Adrian has pictured here and no digging in the driveway at all. Otherwise, I'd have all the gravel at the end of my drive in a big pile in the grass !! Adrians pads have worked the best in my experiance.

The state and county plows in the Buffalo area all use steel wheels because it's mostly straightline plowing.

3 Phase Lightbulb
12-12-2005, 12:16 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by lynnl:
'scuse my ignorance in this matter, but why are skids used rather than wheels or rollers?
Would rollers tend to freeze up too much?</font>


Wheels would work too I guess but would dig a little bit into my lawn I think when I push snow past the edges of my driveway onto my grass. The feet I'm using are about 6-7" in diameter with a dish shape to the bottom so it helps the plow glide over grass/soft earth easier and helps prevent any digging in/etc. I think the feet I;m using would be equilivant to a 20" wheel http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

-Adrian

Pete Burne
12-12-2005, 03:46 PM
Adrian:

I have skid pads on my Cub Cadet, that look just like yours, that wore out in only 40 years!!

I hard surfaced them and hope for another 40 years. Zheeess, I be dead by then.

Pete

hoffman
12-12-2005, 03:57 PM
I have skid marks in my drawers...

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Deep Sea Tool Salvage

3 Phase Lightbulb
12-12-2005, 04:00 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Pete Burne:
Adrian:

I have skid pads on my Cub Cadet, that look just like yours, that wore out in only 40 years!!

I hard surfaced them and hope for another 40 years. Zheeess, I be dead by then.

Pete</font>

I bought these brand new for $15.99 each at Northern Tool.COM.

Shoe Assembly for Western Snowplows ($15.99) at Northerntool.com (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=6970&langId=-1&productId=39445&R=39445&issearch=10374)

Features + Specifications

* Sold individually
* Replaces OEM#: Western® 49067
* Not an OEM Part
* Dimensions: 8 1/2in.H x 6in.W
* Bolt: 7 3/4in.L x 1in.W
* 2in. washers
* Steel
* Shoe washer: 1/8in. thick
* Shoe spacer: 1 1/2in. long
* Includes linch pin


-Adrian

BillH
12-12-2005, 04:00 PM
Our John Deer simply had bent pieces of steel, dog legs if you will for skid pads, worked fine, they never wore out.

3 Phase Lightbulb
12-12-2005, 04:12 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by hoffman:
I have skid marks in my drawers...

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Your new handle should be I-Zheet M'Drurz

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PTSideshow
12-12-2005, 06:03 PM
Looks good enough for what you are planning. I'm also glad to see your shop looks like mine. Too much stuff and toys in it. I have a 2 story 1500 sq ft And had to put up a storage shed for the over flow lol. Started what is now called the big foot garge craze. shop is bigger than 76% of homes in town.
Al ways wondered if you could make a snow blade orlight duty dozer blade from a section of Hot water tank.

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Glen
Been there, probally broke it doing that

thebusdweller
12-13-2005, 08:09 AM
Mochinist, Wolf is a legend in his own mind.

hitnmiss
12-13-2005, 09:38 AM
Man Adrian you have a lot of energy. Nice project.

Wouldn't it be easier to just lay your welding cables out on the driveway and melt off the snow!

CCWKen
12-13-2005, 10:31 AM
Geez I'm glad I don't have to shovel snow anymore. Just dirt now. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

3 Phase Lightbulb
12-13-2005, 10:48 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by CCWKen:
Geez I'm glad I don't have to shovel snow anymore. Just dirt now. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif</font>


I'm glad I don't have to shovel manure, just a little snow in the winter http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif