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Headgear too heavy to push when mounting MM2

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by BeaverFood, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. BeaverFood

    BeaverFood Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 23

    I have a MM2 and am finding it increasingly difficult (due to age and a recent bowel surgery) to push the headgear in order to get the pins to engage. I have about all I can handle to push it. Are there any tricks/tools to make this part of the process any easier? Many thanks!
     
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    Wish I could help you. Maybe call a neighbor to give you a hand when mounting it?
     
  3. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    either keep the headgear only on and then you can use the pump to mount plow by lifting plow chain up w/ pump and align/swing into clevis or keep the whole unit on for the winter. :nod:
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2014
  4. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    just put your shoulder into it and push up not sure if that will hurt your surgery but I do that some times .
     
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    What about just a stupid rope you can pull from the cab. Once it's up just pull the rope off. Other than that, look into another plow, something that loads itself basically, like a BOSS or Blizzard.
     
  6. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,652

    Make sure you have lift ram all the way down. Mine is not hard at all to push.
     
  7. Buswell Forest

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

    With some thought and ingenuity, you can design and build a simple set up where you use a small bottle jack to lift the frame up. Perhaps with the jack braced on the A frame and pushing on a tab welded to the headgear?
     
  8. Buswell Forest

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

    The mounting system on Fishers is by no means user friendly. They need to design a better system for sure.
     
  9. BeaverFood

    BeaverFood Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 23

    Thanks everyone for your thoughts/help. I may dig into the bottle jack idea. If that works, no more pushing/lifting! I'll let you all know how it works, once today's potential storm gets out of here; up to 10", so the plow is currently standing by, hooked to my truck.
     
  10. Buswell Forest

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

    Good luck chummy!
     
  11. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    make sure the blade and truck are on somewhat level ground. make sure the lift ram is all the way down, a block under the plow frames jack so it can't sink into soft ground and, have the blade up on on 6x6's or cinder blocks etc. since i got my dad to start putting the blade up on the 6x6's he doesn't have the trouble with the headgear that he use to
     
  12. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Ratchet strap. Anchor at hood latch or core support and reel it in :)
     
  13. NHresident

    NHresident Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    I agree if u drop it on 6x6 and the length of ur chain is good (ur trk don't have a lift kit ) and make sure the cable that draws down ur lift arm automatically isn't to short the headgear should be pretty easy to push up 2 other things IF u want while the plows on the trk measure and cut a board to length and jam it one side on the plow the other on the upper tower so u have a shorter pushif any when go to remount the plow and lastly make sure when u drive in ur burying the push plate into the plowside receiver BEST of luck to u
     
  14. jimbo64

    jimbo64 Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    good advice especially being on level ground, the lift ram completely down and a board or something under the jack.
     
  15. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD Senior Member
    Messages: 420


    the setup was bought new in 8/2002 and, we're still trying to perfect getting it on in a minute :laughing: what hurts our cause tho is not having any blacktop or concrete. we're all dirt and gravel but, when everything is close to level one side will generally lock right in then we just woggle the other a bit or get the small floor jack to lift it up the titch it's typically off.
     
  16. snowymassbowtie

    snowymassbowtie Member
    Messages: 75

    simple and cheap, use a board. put it on the ground under the frame and push up. leverage is a great thing. I have real bad back problems and there are many times that I cant push it and just use a 2x4 6-8' long on its side and it works great.
     
  17. Brian Simmons

    Brian Simmons PlowSite.com - Sponsor
    Messages: 196

    Depending on the age of this plow the pull down spring can be adjusted. If it is to tight you have to push harder to overcome the spring. The other option similar to the 2x4 is our 8551 release rod. It was designed for the MM1 but will also work for the MM2. Basically a long rod with a little nipple on the end. The nipple gets inserted into the holes on the jack leg and you push down using the aframe as a surface which will actually lift the assembly so the pins can engage.
     
  18. snowymassbowtie

    snowymassbowtie Member
    Messages: 75

    Yes that works too,I have one that I kept from my old plow. It`s easier for me to use the board, it`s good leverage and much easier on my back.
     
  19. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    i don't think i've ever seen that rod. i'm familiar with the one for the speedcast set up tho. the one i have has a ton of mileage on it and, not all of it from pulling plow pins either lol
     
  20. BeaverFood

    BeaverFood Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 23

    Lots of great ideas folks. My plow is now off the truck after dealing with the freak Nov. 1st FOOT of snow. I'll be trying the suggestion about using a 2x4 for leverage next time I mount it. If it works, it's free.

    Thank you all!!!