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PostSubject: T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project   T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project Icon_minitimeJanuary 14th 2014, 11:24 am

Well, I got this plow as a freebie from a friend.  It's a Craftsman plow that is supposed to hook to the tractor in the rear pin (pintle?) location.  That was the easy part!

Here's a pic of the frame under the tractor.  There was no way of lifting or steadying the plow frame.  So I needed to figure out how to restrain it from moving left to right, but also lift it vertically.
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I gathered some brackets and some angle from an old bed frame and started fitting and looking.  Imagination is key here.  still not quite sure what to do...   Never seen a LT plow lift mechanism up close before.
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Top plate + two brackets + a piece of pipe + Toro RER steering column = an idea...
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Putting the ideas together and using some more imagination...
I want to be able to disconnect the entire thing easily and simply.
The pipe will be pinned through the lift rod by bolts.
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Mount the top plate to the stamped steel frame (hope it's strong enough)!!!
And add the next channel links to connect the two mechanisms.
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Welded and pinned.  I used 1/4-20-UNC bolts as pins for now.  Nyloc nuts so I can hand tighten and they won't fall off.
Used a torch to form the lift bar.
Used 1/2-13-UNC nuts and bolts for pivots.
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Used the handlebar from an old Ariens snowblower for the handle.
Took a while to get the position right for raising / lowering from the sitting position!
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How do I hold the plow in the upright position?  Welded a hook onto the handle to hook under the fender.  I hope the fender is strong enough and doesn't fatigue after some use...
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And DONE!  No snow around here anymore, but she does plow mud pretty well!   cheers  Laughing 
Plus, I can pull two clips in the rear and remove two hand tightened nuts / bolts in front and leave the entire thing behind.
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PostSubject: T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project   T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project Icon_minitimeJanuary 14th 2014, 11:28 am

good job! maybe you could use it for a bulldozer!
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PostSubject: Re: T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project   T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project Icon_minitimeJanuary 14th 2014, 11:39 am

Very well done! If I got a plow for free I'd def stab it on my mower.
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PostSubject: Re: T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project   T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project Icon_minitimeJanuary 14th 2014, 11:41 am

Thanks Man! Yeah, I was pushing around a big leaf pile and some pretty thick mud the other night. Still running an open Diff, so it doesn't push too much dirt.  Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project   T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project Icon_minitimeJanuary 14th 2014, 1:53 pm

Nice fab work. A locked rear end makes a big difference plowing.
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PostSubject: Re: T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project   T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project Icon_minitimeJanuary 14th 2014, 2:04 pm

Stretch44875 wrote:
Nice fab work.  A locked rear end makes a big difference plowing.

I can imagine. This thing is still the "Family Garden Tractor" though haha. So I'm worried about tearing up the lawn etc while doing chores and whatnot.

I'll report back after I get to push some snow.  Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project   T-Dub's Snow and Mud Plow project Icon_minitimeJanuary 20th 2014, 12:55 pm

It finally snowed a little up here in the Northeast.  My GF took a couple vids of me playing with the plow with her cell phone.  Next time I'll get better vids with sound.

Plowing 1

Plowing 2

Edit: Hey! The sound came through. That's funny. Cool! Still running a stock muffler can.  Rolling Eyes 
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