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Broke my Fisher Speedcast Push Plate: I am an idiot

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by NHCraigT, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Let me introduce myself:

    I....am an idiot.


    Had a gut feeling that something was going to go wrong. After finishing up plowing my driveway with snow turning to rain, I headed over to fill up on gas, before a storm hits on Friday (6" plus report for now).

    Driving thru down town center, I slam over a speed bump. I have accidently done this a few times before. I live in a "nothing" little "New England Town". (Example: We have 1 fire house with a volunteer dept)

    When the snow gets heavy, you can't see the speed bumps, and A LOT of guys hit it.

    I was only going aout 20 mph. But it was enough to break the front, upper support tab/bar on my push plate (pasenger side). Not the actual push plate section, where it is bolted to the truck frame.

    I limped her home (not far) to find out the damage.

    Anyways, I am going to take the plow off tomorrow, and the head gear. Hopefully the lower portion of the push plate will be able to be "come up" to the upper location (tab) that broke. I think its kind of "racked" right now, because of the plow's weight.

    My buddy (Mechanic and metal guy) is coming by to check things out. I hope that we can weld the break, and also weld some plates on each side of the tab. FWIW - I only plow my 500' inclined driveway with it.

    Any positive feed back will be appreciated. Either way: I would keep an eye out for a replacement push plate, as a back-up. I just hope that I can fix it by welding it =

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  2. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    bummer Rt 31 by chance?
     
  3. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    floor jack it back into place and weld it.
     
  4. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Thats exactly what I was thinking/planning on = I was just hoping for such postive feed back - as my plan could just be - me with my head stuck up my butt = Thanks.
     
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  5. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    You SOB = Were you behind me? :eek:

    .....Very close to it; Main street of the Town (center) runs off of it.
     
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    What year/make truck?
     
  7. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    1985 Dodge Power Ram W250 (Body, engine, trans, cab & bed) on a 1989 W250 Frame.

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Happens to us all at some time, It can be fixed and you will be up and running in no time. Best of luck to you
     
  9. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Thanks. I was feeling pretty stupid. The wife says "she's always aware of where the speed bumps are...."
     
  10. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Those things happen- especially with time not on your side. When my old man got me into plowing with my Dump, we bought a plasma cutter, a welder, and a 6.5KW generator that would run both of them just in case something like that happened...fortunately we never had to perform an operation with them.
     
  11. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Thanks. I am planning on picking up a decent welding rig in the future.

    Thank God for my Buddy tho = he's been a life saver many times over = super talented Jack of All Trades.
     
  12. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    lol no, but I've likely blasted over the same speed bumps inadvertently in my work van. Threw everything all over the place. I used to have a coworker that lived in Greenville
     
  13. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Ha, HA! Too Funny. My buddy that is going to help me with the issue - lives in Greenville.

    I grew up in Billerica, MA. Then lived in Nashua, NH for a while, then moved out to the "sticks" (where I am now) about 3 years ago = Love it out here.......
     
  14. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    I work out of Nashua, the guy I used to work with lives up behind that crazy guys Trebuchet
     
  15. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Yeah, he didn't do the trebuchet thing this year. I heard he was sick, and that it may be over for good.
     
  16. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    UPDATE:

    Plow is allset: Welded up and ready to go. Plowed up about 2" of snow from last night = no problems.

    Thanks for everyone's input = much appreciated.