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Make-do snowplow
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deadcarp    Posted 02-16-2004 at 03:30:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
i kinda happened on this instead of scheming it out. didn't want to say anything til it worked, but it does.
ever wish you had a handy snowplow? one you could hook up and use and set aside? one that carried its own load so it wouldn't put so much stress on the front end of the motor unit? well picture this: a van with a trailer in front of it, with a swinging plow blade in front of everything.
see i have this mid-weight (tough enough to haul a car) 2-wheel trailer so i bolted a ball-hitch on front bumper of the old van to push it around the place. i added a winch too and had myself a nice rig (giant wheelbarrow) for gathering firewood and that. one day i was after a downed tree but didn't want to plod thru snow to get it, didn't want to shovel either so i started shoving the trailer in there to pack myself a path. then i wished it was a plow and thought about my wooden plank ramps. so i chained one across the bumper end of the trailer and voila! had me a snowplow for rough work! the trailer takes the punishment (long as the ball is secure) the ramp just swings off it and i can unhook at will. it can be dragged behind roo, if you want to make a quick driveway pass. thought that might give somebody a handy idea. :)

ezyed    Posted 02-16-2004 at 08:42:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
deadcarp what happens when the hitch breaks?I hope that you have a spare radiator.

deadcarp    Posted 02-16-2004 at 12:18:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i have the big shank on the ball and welded the rest myself - that and i soft-pedal the hammer some. surprising how long things last if you go easy - and i didn't retire to hurry anything :)

toolman    Posted 02-16-2004 at 13:24:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
anyway that you can move it without a shovel is cool in my books, i,ve shovelled that stuff most of my life and if i ever sell im relocating to a snowless climate and learn to live with whatever the nusiance is there.

Grove r    Posted 02-16-2004 at 03:52:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, DC, that is a novel idea...have always thought about something simple like that for the front of the forklift that I built....sometimes just isn't worth fireing up the TD 91 just to plow a few feet of snow somewhere.....have a gooder, R.E.L.

deadcarp    Posted 02-16-2004 at 12:21:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
that might work better yet - with a movable ball you could teeter-totter blade depth. maybe even go with a real spring-loaded plow. :)

toolman    Posted 02-16-2004 at 09:47:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
sure rub it in, "a few feet of snow" hmmm albertans so spoiled, wait until your july snow storms arrive , then we,ll see whose smug.

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