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Direct lift plows vs. Chain Lift

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Pinky Demon, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Been wondering this for a while, you are seeing a lot of companies having direct lift vs. chain. Probably the most prominent rivalry in this fight is Boss vs. Western.

    My assertion is, a chain lift system will always give instant float when needed, and when stacking snow, you can basically push to the limits for the frame. In the event of a failure, you can hike the chain up to carry the blade home. However, a chain plow will bounce all over the place when driving over bumps and whatnot.

    Now, I am less familiar with the direct lift cylinder setup, so please help me out here. How does a direct lift provide instant float over rough patches, and how does it work when stacking snow high?

    I have always been partial to the chain setup, the simpler the better, but I am interested to learn how the direct lifts function as I might have a choice between the two coming up soon. Please fill me in people. Thanks! :waving:
     
  2. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    not this again...................:sleeping:
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
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  4. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Do a search. B+B just gave a great answer to this yesterday or the day before. Direct lift is better.
     
  5. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Thank you :drinkup:
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Direct lift the plow is in float if you set it. It glides over the lot just like a chain lift.
     
  7. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Thanks guys, appreciate responses. Searched but really didn't see anything.
     
  8. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,552

    ....................
     
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Let me put it this way. Converting my chain lift plow to direct lift is on my list of mods to do.
     
  10. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    whats wrong with the chain lift? :popcorn:
     
  11. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    You going to give it DP while you're at it?
     
  12. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Eyes on your own paper. :D
     
  13. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    LMAO :drinkup:
     
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Mostly this......

    Plus, I hate the delay waiting for the slack to take up at the end of a push. With the direct lift, just take it off float, blade will stay where it is so you can go across the lawn without tearing it up.

    In addition, the lift arm is another source of noise, and problems. Mine will likely have a substantial crack in it before the end of the season. The chain gets hit by the trip spring bracket and needs to be replaced every couple of years.

    Also, I like to be a little different......
     
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    That has been discussed......:rolleyes:
     
  16. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Hmmmm................never noticed that :rolleyes:

    At least you are different in a good way :nod:
     
  17. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Tom...will you make some more popcorn...lmao
     
  18. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    How is a cylinder lifting an arm to tighten a chain simpler then just using the cylinder itself? Saves a little weight too.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2010
  19. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Excellent post Basher, couldn't have said it better myself. :salute:

    I never understood the need to buy a plow with the ability to "short chain" being one of the selling points. :confused:
     
  20. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I would think that would be a big selling point for plows with no up pressure. :laughing: