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Homemade Skid Steer Blade and QA specs

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Grisi24, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    I really want to make my own skid steer plow and add the features that I want. I have a few questions however:

    What is the best way to go with down pressure? I want to make the plow semi rigid like on a spring or coil over strut... Or just make it hang on a chain? Ideas?

    And for all you guys with skid steer plows two things... What are the specs for the skid QA plate. I rent my skid steer every year and do not have the bucket yet to measure.

    The other question is I am getting a good condition Curtis 8' plow that I am going to break down and clean and repaint but I was thinking about putting removable sides to make it a box blade as well... Ideas, Comments?

    I just want to hear what works well from everyone that uses them. I have done many projects like this before so that doesn't scare me. I also have read about the relief valves and pressure reducers and Yes they will be included!:cool:
     
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i would just buy the premade plate that you weld on the back of a bucket to start with I got one for $105 and its a lot easier than trying to build that part

    the weight of the plow should be enough i dont think you need a coil spring but i am not sure what you had in mind

    i just set up a plow for my skiddy and made it optional chain lift or it can be pinned solid so i can use it whochever works better for the situation

    heres a link there a few pics

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=68256
     
  3. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Crete, great job. That looks very strong and should work good. I'm going to be building a box blade out of a used 8' western (sometime)

    The chain and pin option is nice. I always thought that they were only direct connected, there by not having any "float" and using the float feature of the skid steer.


    Good Luck, grisi. I'm sure those pics helped.
     
  4. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
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    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  5. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    That will help greatly! I am getting the old blade this week and I will keep you up todate with the construction and I think I am going to draw it all out in CAD and I will put them on here if anyone has a use for them..

    I know I need two parts.. the relief valve and the cushion cross-over... Part numbers or where to get them anyone?
     
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    should be one piece and try Force America
     
  7. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    A freind of mine riged an old 9' Fisher blade on his JD 240. And for down preasure I would just push it down by picking the front tires off the ground a little.
     
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    its a little more complicated than that
     
  9. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

  10. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    :confused:what do you need an electric control block for
     
  11. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    you only need one pair

    you shouldnt need any switches just to run a 2 way plow
     
  13. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

  14. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    Can I just hook each cylinder to each connection on the skid... I thought I could at first but then I have seen Boss and others using a control box
     
  15. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    yes but then you wont have any protection if you hit something some guys on here say you dont need it but for a $150 it is well worth it

    the valve in your link is where the 2 hoses will go to
     
  16. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
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  17. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    I take it the orifices are there to reduce flow?
     
  18. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
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  19. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    yes sir:nod:
     
  20. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162