Had my first true test of the Sidewing plow today.
In a nutshell: the most productive thing I've added to my truck since the V plow.
Most of my lots it cut the time by 1/3 or more,
Here's a good example, I plow a Pizza Hut which is on a busy street, normally it takes about 5 swipes backing into traffic to clear the front entrance, with Sidewing 3. Sometimes I have to wait it (seems like an hour) 2-4 minutes for a break in traffic, so there's 6 minutes, at 3 minutes/wait saved 6 min X 30 lots= 3 hours!!
The Fisher V on front and the Sidewing are a perfect match, I clear a 12' piece of pavement in a single pass!!
We got about 9" today, and the truck didn't seem to push any harder with the Sidewing down, because it casts the snow to the side, then plowing in the scoop position, and that worked well too, pushed the snow in the scoop position with the sidewing down, next pass was about 4' further then if I didin't have it. As the Fisher is only about 8' wide in the scoop position, I just gained 50% increase in productivity. Piling snow at the end of the run was the same hit the up button going into the bank, except now I hit the up button on the sidewing before backing up.
It does add about 18" to the right side of the truck, which takes some getting used to.
It lifts faster then my main plow, in and out are a little slow, but you don't need to retract it backing up.
Congrats on the Sidewing. I've been seriously considering one, but have a couple of questions. Mainly, does it have a trip edge and what happens if the wing hits an object (like a tree). I'd be using it for small tree-lined roads with the ever-present trees and tree roots.
I spend summer getting ready for winter
The wing is extended with a hydraulic cylinder and it also has a spring inside the tube, first the spring takes some of the abuse, a hard bank, tree etc, for a short distance, and the cylinder like the angle cylinder on a plow has a relief valve that opens at a set pressure which let's the wing collapse. The whole plow trips like a Meyer so if the cutting edge hit a rock the plow trips forward. The nice part you can remove it faster then a Minute Mount, the back cylinder attachs with a standard 2" trailer hitch, and 1 pin in the front, 2 disconnects on the rear cylinder and your away.
It's a super for roads, 1 pass in each direction, about 20 ' wide, and it likes a bit of speed winging back about 15-20 MPH it will throw snow!
This a rural driveway that I do, it's been plowed from the first of the season and the banks were about as high as I could get them with the EZ-V. The Wing is full up, and benching the sidebank. The next pic will show the front of the truck the bank is about 3' high!
Here's a pic plowing a lot, notice the EZ-V is in the scoop position and I'm piling ( always pile in the scoop), the wing is down, but when I take my next run I'n 3-4 feet further to the right then before, about a 40% increase in productivity. In fact today we got about 6" of new snow and normally my run today would have taken about 12 hours min., I did it in 9. Actually I thought I would have to take the wing off to do a couple of lots with lots ot parked cars, but I found that once I got use to it being there, it didn't make a whole lot of difference. I thought I would leave about 18" more on the left side next to a car, but found I was leaving only about 6" Power mirrors left side turned down on the pplow helped. It has exceeded my expections as what it could do to speed up my plowing bty 2 or 3 times. I think it will become the next big thing to hit the plow business since the V-Plow. I van now clear a 12" piece of pavement at 1/2 the cost of buying a Blizzard power plow, and still have my V.
No, when I first installed it I had a 6" drop hitch in the receiver, which I thought would be too low so I changed to a standard hitch, and it hasn't been any problem. ( haven't hit anything with it yet, and I haven't been aware of it hitting anything while plowing)
Here's a site to check out a wing plow made for 1tons. www.hpfairfield.com I ran one of these wings for 5 years doing 7 miles of roads in a private subdivision. Its a very durable unit, basically a mini version of the big boys