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Back dragging

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by wfd44, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. wfd44

    wfd44 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 369

    Around here a number of the plowing contractors have attached a bar across the back of their blades for back dragging. it basically hangs from the blade and does not effect anything when pushing but it kicks to the front when back-dragging and is supposed to make the blade scrape better in reverse.

    The questions:
    Does it actually work (is it worthwhile)?
    Does anyone have any pictures of a set up like this?
     
  2. ebaron

    ebaron Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Do a search, there are pictures , at least for a Fisher.
     
  3. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    I use the old trick of pushing the snow up the driveway first and then backdragging it. This works pretty good and gets most of the snow up.:waving:
     
  4. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    I do the same thing, about a truck or two length, and back up and push forward.
     
  5. apkole

    apkole Member
    Messages: 75

    Just a thought if you are doing alot of backdragging with the front plows. These plows are designed for pushing, not pulling. I've noticed that on my oldest Boss blade, the pinholes for locking the swivel of the blade (hole not used of course) are out of alignment. This indicates wear at the pivot pin hole at the plow sector. On the old Meyer and Western plow, this hole would eventually wear through the nose of the sector, and while back dragging the blade would pull loose, pulling the cylinders loose as well. The new blades may have heavier gusseting in this area to allow for backdragging, but I would recommend disassembling and inspecting this area every season or so just to verify the structural integrity of the pivot assembly.

    An ounce of prevention . . . . . .

    Andy
     
  6. Joel B.

    Joel B. Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 233

    I have a back-drag blade like you describe and it does work well. Of course, a plow is going to scrape better going forward but the BD blade definitely helps.
     
  7. YenkoCamaro

    YenkoCamaro Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    screw that buy a rear blade!! so much quicker back in and pull out!!!:gunsfiring:
     
  8. Patriot

    Patriot Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    doesn't the back dragging blade pack with snow and ice?
     
  9. YenkoCamaro

    YenkoCamaro Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    i have used two different brands and have never had a problem with the snow sticking to the rear plow. the only thing you should be worried about is if your truck can pull the plow while its full of snow:salute:
     
  10. JunkFood331

    JunkFood331 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Hey APKOLE last weekend after reading this thread I looked at my plow and noticed the same thing. :eek: The holes weren't lined up. The pivot bolt was worn considerably and my a-frame was starting to crack. Just wanted to say THANKS a bunch. :D I fixed it before I had a really big problem.
     
  11. zyter

    zyter Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I agree with Yenko. Why mess with back dragging with a blade that is not designed to pull snow. A backblade is the only way to go. There's no need to push forward then pull back. You will not clean near as well. The backblades have down pressure to scrape properly and do the job efficiently.

    We use them in big lots as well as drives. Two blades are better than one. Time is money!!!!!