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Do you guys flip your cutting edges?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PapaSnowPlow, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. PapaSnowPlow

    PapaSnowPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I have three older western blades that look like they need replacing. the holes are not near the center of the cutting edge so this is why Im wondering if they can be flipped? If the holes were near the middle it would seem like flipping would be a great option. However, I dont want to make new holes because Im worried it will cut the strength of the edge down and I don't want to break the edge. Have you ever flipped your edge? did it work out?
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Nope, don't think you really can.

    If you do, you'll end up wearing into the trip edge more than you would like.

    I had a shop make me a cutting edge that I could flip, but end up having to cut it down as the welds and skin on my moldboard wasn't going to allow the trip edge to come back to normal position.

    EDIT: OOOPS. I thought you were talking about a fisher for some reason. If it's a western then take measurements and just make sure when you flip it, you won't be eating into the moldboard.

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  3. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    we have taken a worn out cutting edge and welded it on to another wore edge to get extra life out of them..rather than throwing out 2 worn edges...works fine if you can weld good,
    Steve
     
  4. blee1ash

    blee1ash Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    It's not worth the hassle - put a new one on.
     
  5. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,312

    Don't you have less or very close to the same amount of material (if you wore your edge way down) above the bolts?
     
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,002

    All the ones I have ever seen were not able to be flipped. Agree with blee, new edge
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    For your next cutting edge you could always have a local machine shop make you a cutting edge that you can flip around and get more life out of it, and usually at the same cost as buying an OEM cutting edge.

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  8. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    This just occurred to me a few months back so I'm going to do this on my 810. I don't know why I didn't think of this years ago.
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,002

    Me either,,,, but gunna save the old ones from now on after reading this
     
  10. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Skip the flipping part have the machine shop make you one out of 5/8x 8'' will be cheaper then the OEM cutting edge
     
  11. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Agreed. You could also have them make and extra plate on the ends (basically like curb guards) for pennies extra. When I had my cutting edge cut, I had them go 1/2 past the ends. Next time I'll have them go at least 1.25" past the end of the moldboard.

    But, I will it's nice to get that nice strait new edge by flipping it. Sometimes the edge wears so much on the end that you don't get a good scrape at no angle.

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    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  12. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Have to watch how much you add the old western plows pump couldnt handle alot of weight
    One way to fix it if your western cant lift the extra weight of the edge Put in a snatch block and cable It will double the lifting power
     
  13. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,997

    Fisher mc plow edges are flipable. Got my moneys worth out of this setThumbs Up

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  14. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Ya, I guess I'm pretty spoiled having central hydros on my truck. Lifting power isn't an issue. If anything it's too much. If I don't feather the valves when angling the plow, it will slam it side to side.

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  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,002

    Lucky you :)
     
  16. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,312

    Now take the old edges and weld them right below the bolt holes on the new edge
     
  17. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,997

    If we don't get some snow soon you might see them in the shopping cart i'm pushing,
    picking up scrap metal and bottles and cans:eek:
     
  18. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,312

    :laughing::laughing:Now that is hilarious but scary and true we've only had 3.8", just had a dusting this morning went out but everything was wet from residual salt and it's going to be 34* today and 38* tomorrow
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  19. PapaSnowPlow

    PapaSnowPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    got the old edges off. Im not sure whether or not we will flip them or just get new edges. I see the nice straight edge that was on top, and may drill some holes to see if it works out flipping them. I hate to drop 500$ on 3 new edges when it hasnt even snowed yet.
     
  20. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Maybe i had cheap bits but drilling through the hardened cutting edge was brutal....eventually torched the holes