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First time Blizzard owner. Any advice on things to avoid?

Discussion in 'Blizzard Plows Discussion' started by SSS Inc., Jan 18, 2011.

  1. SSS Inc.

    SSS Inc. PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,376

    Just bought a used truck with an 8611lp. Plowed two storms so far in the past week and think its the greatest thing since sliced bread. Saved 30-40% of time versus a western 9' straight blade. We have Western straight blades on all of our other trucks. Just curious if anyone has any good advice to avoid problems. Anything that maybe simple but avoids costly mistakes with the wings and everything would be helpful. I'm sure I could search as I already have but I would be reading for days. Plus I would miss out on any new tips some of you guys might have.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    Add frame stops so the angle cylinders dont pull apart. Grease pivot pins on the plow where it meets the push beam regularlly.
     
  3. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    You really dont add those to keep the cylinders from pulling apart. Its to keep the pins from bending. These plows have no stops for the angling. It uses the rams as stops. So adding them will add life to it.

    If your edges are close to new, get carbides and add them to the edges on the wings. These plows burn through edges fast. The carbides will give them 4x the life.

    Also dont plow with the wings full extended. Not in the scoop, but out. Pull them in a few inches, this will keep them from bending back.
     
  4. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Yes, you do add stops for both those reasons
     
  5. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Also drill an 1/8 inch hole in your wing pivot tubes and use a grease needle to fill those tubes with grease.
     
  6. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    You know i never thought of any of these.
     
  7. Pinky Demon

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

    Raised manholes.
     
  8. getsum

    getsum Senior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 220

    lmfao this one is the best. sorry but i couldn't help but laugh.
     
  9. SSS Inc.

    SSS Inc. PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,376

    Thanks guys for all the good info.
    The cutting edges are brand new. What is a good source for the carbides. Is that a dealer item or aftermarket?
    As far as the frame stops where are these being positioned. Any Pics?
    I already kind of adjusted to plowing with the wings not fully extended(straight), but what about back draging? Does everyone bring the wings all the way in? I started with them out a ways but they would flip forward so I brought them in about halfway and it seemed to work fine. If the everyone says bring them in I will go that route.
    Lastly, do I have to be scared to death to bump a curb or anything or just be cautious? We run lots of plows and every once in a while you hit something, it happens. I guess what I'm getting at is it total destruction or is it just worse then a straight plow for obvious reasons.

    Thanks again,

    Rick
     
  10. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    Adding a second spring in the slide boxes will help keep the wings from folding forward when backdragging. I back drag with my wings fully extended for maximum width.

    The Winter Carbides (google them), can be had through most dealers either local or online. If all else fails, Call Jerre in Erie. he'll ship them out to you.
     
  11. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Yeah, forgot about the second spring. Makes a big difference, I've still got one with only single springs, and gets a little floppy backdragging heavy, wet snow.

    Also use threadlock on manifold mounting bolts, and antiseize on the slidebox cylinders and slidebox stop pins.
     
  12. steve_robert

    steve_robert Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Buy a BOSS
     
  13. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    Why? I think he's looking to increase his productivity....

    :popcorn:
     
  14. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Good one :salute:
     
  15. Pinky Demon

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

    Sorry, I love Boss and all, but even I'll admit that was stupid.
     
  16. SSS Inc.

    SSS Inc. PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,376

    I just sold it and bought a Boss. What should I do now? :realmad:

    Working on getting the extra springs. When I used it the first time and the wings flopped forward when backdraging I was hoping there was something that could be done. I liked the idea of backdraging 11' at a time especially the light stuff(big time saver).

    Thanks again.