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building my own snow push, advice?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by buckwheat_la, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    excuse me that i have two threads on this going on, but i realized i should start a new one for my other questions. So i am building a snow push for my 910 cat wheel loader, i think i am going 11 or 12 feet, now i need to decide if i am going to go with 1/4 sheet metal and 2x2 box or if i am going to go with 3x8 sheet metal, and weither i am going to make it attach to the bucket or make a quick attach for the loader and then quick attach the bucket and the snow push seperately. anyone else ever done this before, i have done many box blades/snow pushes on smaller tractors but never on a wheel loader, all advice is apprecitated, and if anyone has questions for me please ask.
     
  2. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    Look at a snowdogg pusher. By the time you get done building yours, the snow dog would have been cheaper.

    J.
     
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    I agree or a used one. We have made a few pushers and we have found it's cheaper to buy them,
     
  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    if you do build your own , it'd be great to follow along with some pics
     
  5. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    Thats the advice I would give. I had plans to build mine this year and found the Scoop Dogg to be within $200 of what it would have cost me to do it myself. Plus, it comes with a warranty.
     
  6. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    well, as of right now, i am looking at about, $300 dollars in metal so far (got a great deal on 1/4inch sheet metal, and using 2x2 by 1/4 wall for bracing, about every two feet. To get all the material cut and the the groves for the side skids i am looking at a additional $320 dollars, and if i decide to get a second snow push they well not charge me for the extra time, so right now, with two pushes, decided to make one for my skidsteer too. my total costs are
    materials $540
    machining/custom metal fabrication $320
    +time/cost for me to weld it

    so i am looking at approximately $1000 for two pushes, 1- 12ft blade for my loader, 1- 8ft for my skidsteer

    so all i need is a cutting edge for both boxes, and.......need to design a trip system. so anyone with advice on the trip system please post, would love to hear ideas, and i promise pics soon (i should have metal by the end of the week)
     
  7. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    for everyone waiting in anticipation, i have pics coming up on monday/tuesday, i am looking for opinions, so please let me know as i go along with this project
     
  8. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    We have made a couple, they turned out good. They where for skid steers but it was cheap! My fav is the one we built the night before a snow. It was a 10 foot high way truck blade. All the material was rusty and free. Its still around and is on its 3rd season.
     
  9. randym99

    randym99 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Hey,I know it would not suit all conditions but a quick easy way to install a bottom would be to get a old tractor or loader tire and cut out a section to use as a blade.Most don't have much steel used in the sidewalls,just lots of plies.It might be a slick way to get started useing the pusher and you could always add something differant (steel or poly blade later) when you see a set up you like.They use a halfed tire attached to a steel frame to scrap barn floors down in some places( so they are toughJust a thought.
     
  10. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    i am going to convert a 10 foot rubber edge pusher to a trip edge but probably after this year. i think rather than re-inventing the wheel i might get 10 foot BOSS trip edge parts and assemble the trip edge that way. i think JD Dave may have built a trip edge pusher, probably bigger than 10 foot so he might be able to say better, but i was thinking i might also cut the 10 foot trip edge in half so that in the event you hit something the whole 10 foot edge isn't tripping...seems brutal to have an edge longer than 10 feet in one single piece that trips,...also someone recently posted pics of a nice looking yellow pusher that was homemade (can't remember the forum or who did it) but if you find it, it looks like he made the cutting edge perpendicular to the surface, in other words i don't think it had any angle of attack.maybe it won't matter but i think it will, otherwise plow mfgrs would simplify their methods and build basically box blades. not to take anything away from whoever built it by any means,
    steve
    steve
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2009
  11. dodge2500

    dodge2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    I built a 10' pusher out of a John Deere snow blade for a backhoe. I made it quick attach to my John Deere Tractor loader and installed a rubber edge that I ordered from plow rubber. The side plates are 3' by 3' and are 1/4" the skid shoes are made of snow plow cutting edges and the braces for the side plates out of used 3" by 3" 1/4" angle iron. The whole thing cost me about $750.00 after including the purchase of the plow.
     
  12. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    a lot of great ideas, i think i have decided to make it not trip for now (although the design should allow for it to be added at a latter time), also i had one of the metal fab companies here in town, bend the metal along the back for me, so i have a great angle on this thing, should be getting the material tomorrow, really excited, shoud be awesome, i am hoping when everthing is said and done it well look professional, decided on the 10ft blade for my loader, based on being able to move easier on roadways, 12ft seems a little wide to be taking down the road from job to job. should have pics of the material tomorrow, i am wanting to see how fast i can build these, so i well try to do updates.
     
  13. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    here is one i had made out of a dot plow...double thick cutting edges and trip edge.... it has 11/2" rubber at the bottom by the shoes...just didn't have it on at the time...

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  14. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

  15. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    i see the trip edge is cut in half...did it come from DOT that way? btw..nice job!
    steve
     
  16. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    You can build em cheaper than buying . Built a 12 foot wide 4 foot h igh pusher for the front of a big ol Case 1070 tractor plowing a 5 acre mall site. Installed will 2 inch pins in order for it to tilt forward but the 3 foot sides keep it sitting right and when your pushing a 1/2 a dump truck worth of snow it aint gonna move to much forward.
     
  17. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    yep, they came like that.......we use 4' and 5' cutting edges on our plows too...
     
  18. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    got all the metal in for my snow pushes today, going to tack weld them tomorrow and take pics, always happy to hear advice or comments.
     
  19. hyperpack

    hyperpack Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    I have a 910 with a homemade pusher it works well mounted in front of the bucket.
    I sent you a PM.
    Hyperpack
     
  20. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    does anyone want to talk design on my snow push, i have a idea for a metal trip, and i want to run it by someone