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old style western cable plow

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by psehunter007, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. psehunter007

    psehunter007 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I bought a old style western cable plow, now when I go to raise it my lights dim really bad and my rpms drop, looking for possible cause, I have replaced my controls and cables ,solenoid ,battery, replaced plow oil and cleaned the screen on the pump. Someone told me that I don't have enough grounds
  2. Rusty Silence

    Rusty Silence Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    Have you had your alternator tested?
  3. psehunter007

    psehunter007 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    No I have not, I think it's a bad motor ,the positive motor lug gets really hot when I try to raise it and my plow isn't even on the truck
  4. Rusty Silence

    Rusty Silence Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    yeah probably the motor. I would take it apart and have a look inside. You might get a better response posting in the western forum too.
  5. MattR

    MattR Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    First thing I would do is recheck ALL connections, positive and ground. Clean them really good and make sure they are getting a good connection.
  6. psehunter007

    psehunter007 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Yea I realized I posted in the wrong forum, I've triple checked all my connections, thanks for the input guys
  7. Plow-jeff

    Plow-jeff Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Had this problem on 2 different occasions. First time it was bad alternator and one of the dual batteries was bad. Second time it was a fusible link and the plow wasn't grounded properly. After I grounded the plow to the battery and the battery to the frame, I also ground from the frame to the motor. Upgrading to a 100 amp alt from napa helped.
  8. Dakota Dave

    Dakota Dave Member
    Messages: 44

    Why don't you load test the motor. Mine did that last year for a couple weeks than it quit completly. I put a new motor on did a flush and fill and its worked great eversince. I think a motor was only about a hundered bucks. You know the cable plow has been in service for decades. and its probably saw alot of use. I know mine has been in use since the early 80's.Im pretty sure I got my moneys worth out of it.