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Grade 8 or better hardware near Albany, NY

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by aloe, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Does anyone know where I can find grade 8 or stronger hardware near Albany?? I'm tired of shearing off my cutting edge bolts! Last Wednesday i sheared all but one off. Managed to limp home, luckily I was close
     
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,534

    DO SOME RESEACH HERE BEFORE BUYING HEAVIER BOLTS

    sorry, cap lock was on
     
  3. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Ok, done. Grade 8 can be too brittle....grade 5 will bend. I have grade 5 & they all sheared off. I'd like to try a set of grade 8 bolts. So, anyone in Albany, my wanna point in a direction??
     
  4. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,672

    Do you have Fastenal up there? And how exactly did you shear them all off?
     
  5. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Not sure...I know I picked up 3 new accounts & the entryway, near the sidewalk was anything but smooth. Trip edge worked, ect. I started raising the plow around those areas tho. I usually lose one-two during a good storm. But seven in one night?!
     
  6. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Never sheared one. Ever.
     
  7. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,672

    I am with Bean, have never broke a cutting edge bolt. I have even hit hard enough to have plow jump up against stacking stops.
     
  8. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I take it back...sorta. never busted a plow edge or bolt. We have sheared cutting edge bolts off loaders. Hitting curbs that weren't there last time of course lol.
     
  9. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,689



    Also use a washer then the nut....Ran into this issue last year.....
     
  10. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Tractor supply sells grade 8.
     
  11. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    If you want the VERY best hardware,go to your local Cat dealer.Cat has even stronger bolts than a grade 8 designation.
     
  12. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    May try that!!!
     
  13. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    They all had washers....not so much this time as the slush had packed every crevice.
     
  14. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Well....plow model may have something to do with it. It's a homesteader. With the rubber trip bands. Yes the plow trips but never really springs back. So you actually have to back off whatever edge you're stuck on! Perhaps that is causing too much strain on the edge bolts and weakening them. Idk?!? Saw a guy in mass on CL had designed a reinforced horizontal center tube that has regular metal trip springs attached to it. Considering a little upgrade for this plow as I e gotten quite busy this year. Not sure a new plow is in the budget till next year tho
     
  15. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,672

    What are you plowing with the homesteader?
     
  16. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    What or why?
     
  17. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,672

    What, homesteader is not built to put up with heavy plowing. They are for home owners to do their own driveways. May not be able to hold up to the type of plowing you are doing.
     
  18. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,534

    Omg ..........
     
  19. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Possible yes....most of my lots are flat & smooth. But these 2 new ones have some serious cracks in the concrete pad. Maybe that's why.
     
  20. snoworks1

    snoworks1 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Aloe,

    It is more than likely that you are using this "light duty" plow for a commercial application. If I had to guess the problem probably has to due with plowing speed and the angle of the mold board and cutting edge.

    Slow down and see what happens.

    Sincerely,

    Chuck B.