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Snow Plow Thread

Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by bigjohn, Dec 29, 2021.

  1. Dec 6, 2023
    Jw60

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    I had fresh 7.50-16 trans Trac lt's. a 500lb hardtop about 150lbs of steel floorboards and another 600lbs of grain in the bed. But I also had a f-134 so I was not mounding snow. Just opening driveways. We had a snow blower for the garden tractor and a 95hp farmall with a loader. Down the road we had a neighbor with a bulldozer, backhoe/loader and '61 scout with a blade. We had to call in the dozer once to clear the lane to the pasture and get hay out.

    When in college I loaded up sand bags and what I could find for ballast.
     
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  2. Dec 6, 2023
    GillaFunk

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    you’re saying you had over 1,000 lbs of cargo weight on your Jeep, plus a plow and your f head was able to move? Sounds hard to believe. The 200lbs of sand bag ballast already makes a huge difference. But yes, 1klbs would definitely give a substantial amount of traction. No wonder you didn’t need chains.
     
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    Jw60

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    Yes. It was before high speed internet and we did not know how heavy the cab was nor the extent of the road sign repairs. Dad just figured three solders and gear would be about 600lbs. When we bought the jeep it needed springs and tires so it got the heavy duty springs based on the existing leaf count and it never ever squatted.
    Here are some summertime chores at that time (people don't like taking pictures in the cold)
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    Here's a bucket off the farmall 806D.
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    I maxed out the hi-lo pump relief valve here but the springs only settled an inch or so.
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    GillaFunk

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    Good lord.
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    I lived on a pretty steep hill and couldn’t do anything without chains. Mandatory. I had a set of tires that had chains permanently strapped to them that I’d swap on for the winter.
     
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    GillaFunk

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    First plow of the season. We got 4” in 3.5 hours.

    Unfortunately I was so busy plowing I forgot to take pictures :banghead:
     
  7. Jan 8, 2024
    GillaFunk

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    Added some lightsaber plow blade markers

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  8. Jan 8, 2024
    vtxtasy

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    And a decal...:rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Looks like I should think about skid shoes. Any advice? I'm looking at very little useage (cheap), thinking 3/4" pipe crossdrilled for cotter pins, flange, washers. Larger pipe and some gussets on the blade.

    Anyone got pictures of there shoes?
     
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  10. Jan 8, 2024
    PeteL

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    https://www.bing.com/images/search?...5645C4BED166282446FB91&ghsh=0&ghacc=0&first=1

    A "larger pipe," or some plows use a piece of angle iron with the right ID against a flat surface, as the receiver. I've picked up several sets of plow shoes at the dump. You may not need them, depending on the surface you are plowing and how hard it freezes.

    I plowed my M38A1 without chains, but often wished I had them. And some weight in the rear.
     
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  11. Jan 8, 2024
    SIDSCJ

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    Last night's fun
     
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    GillaFunk

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    are you plowing over gravel or something Other than asphalt or cement?
     
  13. Jan 8, 2024
    Fireball

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    Put the plow in the quad tonight. It's looking like I'll need it in the morning:
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    The skids on the Warn plow are cupped disks welded on the bottom of some round bar stock that fits into a pipe welded on the back of the plow:
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    Our driveway is 3/4 mile of gravel and it's really hard on the skids. It takes two round trips to clean the driveway out to 12 ft wide, so that 3 miles per plow job. I do that 10-20 times a year (depending on the year) so the skids see a lot of use. As they come the skids only last a few jobs. This is what the look like after about 3 driveway cleanups:
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    Warn wants $30.00 per pair for the useless things. Rather than pay that constantly, I've been welding them up so they are at least 3/8" thick:
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    While they are still red hot, I throw them in a snow bank for a nice surface hardening:
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    They seem to be holding up much better. This is all the wear from last year (probably 10 driveway cleanups, so 30 miles of wear). I've swapped in the spares for tomorrow and will build these back up:
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    ITLKSEZ did give me a decent sized chunk of 1/4" thick abrasion resistant steel. I might use the plasma cutter to make a couple disks and try that out this year.

    Depending on the snow, the wind, and the resulting drifts, I may need to get out the big guns tomorrow:
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    I've also got a full set of chains for that thing, but they are no fun to install.
     
  14. Jan 9, 2024
    vtxtasy

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    What is the scoop looking item on the back fender of your Jeep?
     
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    Fireball

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    A shovel mount. It was on the Jeep when I got it and apears to be vintage. It's galvanized and looks like a product, but I've never seen another one like it or seen one in old Jeep accessory catalogs:
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    Definitely not for narrow trails and the front interferes with the hardtop when it's on.
     
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    vtxtasy

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    That is cool. I had not noticed it before as it is usually the driver side I see. I have not
    seen one in my years that I remember. :)
     
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    Jw60

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    Mostly concrete but explain any differences if yaant to.
     
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    PeteL

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    You might look into hard-surfacing welding rod, such as is used on excavator buckets etc. Lay a few beads to protect the wear points, it lasts almost forever. I have also used it to extent the life of cutting edges on my plows.
     
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    PeteL

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    On a paved surface, skids may be unnecessary.
     
  20. Jan 9, 2024
    dozerjim

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    Im in the mood to yaant :),if your just doing your drive just leave shoes off and clean to the surface other wise round stock to make up rights and if you have a press at work make some cups out of flat stock and weld to the bottom, if on gravel or dirt put dots of hard face on them, the dots will scratch concrete...I run without shoes and pick the blade up a touch when on gravel until I have a hard(frozen) layer and then it's just like pavement....when I did commercial plowing I had spare shoes, and like Fireball would build them back up....I have even seen guys weld a flat plate 4"x6" on the back side of the cutting edge as a wear surface, works ok and wears even with the cutting edge to clean parking lots
     
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