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Plow keeps tipping

Discussion in 'Hiniker' started by BlueOvalBoy, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. BlueOvalBoy

    BlueOvalBoy Member
    Messages: 40

    I must be doing something wrong. I have a steel C-plow that I bought used. I've used it twice and both times the plow tips as soon as I start to move with it angled to the right or left. I'm running with the shoes on it with a 1" gap between the cutter blabe and the ground. I have no more adjustment on the trip springs. Any ideas?
     
  2. dhendrickson

    dhendrickson Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Tighten the springs

    I think the springs are adjusted too lightly, go to where the springs are on the plow and using a crescent wrench tighten up the springs. I would make a bet that someone let the pressure out of them for summerizing the plow. I would tighten them up until it no longer tips under normal plowing conditions but not to such a point that it won't tip and break something.
     
  3. BlueOvalBoy

    BlueOvalBoy Member
    Messages: 40

    There is no adjustment left in the springs. There are only 2-3 inches of threads on the rod and they are fully exposed. I'm wondering if I should try different springs or make up some kind of spacer to put more pressure on the springs.
     
  4. fatboy

    fatboy Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Is you truck lifted? it sounds like you my have too high of an approch angle on the plow.
     
  5. BlueOvalBoy

    BlueOvalBoy Member
    Messages: 40

    No the truck is not lifted. I did crank the torsion bars to level the front but that should not be enough to cause this. I'm no plowing expert but I have used a western 8' and blizzard 7' on other vehicles and not had this issue this bad. I'm starting to think I should have bought a new western instead of this used c--plow.

    Thanks for the responses guys, keep 'em coming.
     
  6. fatboy

    fatboy Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    put some pics up here and we'll see if we can help.
     
  7. tsmith

    tsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    My first thought would be that the springs need replaced.
     
  8. BlueOvalBoy

    BlueOvalBoy Member
    Messages: 40

    I read on let's talk snow that there is an inner and outer spring on the steel c-plows. I have 2 horizontal trip springs, one on the left and one on the right side of the plow. There is only one spring on a side and it looks like a coil spring fron a small car. Should there be a smaller inner sping also?

    I'll try to get pics up this weekend.
     
  9. BlueOvalBoy

    BlueOvalBoy Member
    Messages: 40

    I was finally able to contact Hiniker and found out that I should replace the springs and add the inner springs that come on the staight blade. Now all I need to do is find a dealer in the Kalamazoo, MI area.
     
  10. golden arches

    golden arches Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    I had the same problem initially with my C plow.. Added the inner springs & adjusted per factory specs .. the factory will tell you where to put them.

    Get ready to work a bit..but it's worth it.

    The new C blade comes with the trip edge, which I understand eliminated the problem.
     
  11. BlueOvalBoy

    BlueOvalBoy Member
    Messages: 40

    Goldy- Did that solve your issues? So far I like the c-plow but it's a pain in the rear when these things happen.
     
  12. BlueOvalBoy

    BlueOvalBoy Member
    Messages: 40

    I was able to find and order the parts I needed from Central Parts Warehouse.com. Thank god for the internet.
     
  13. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    please post pics of the truck anyway! ive never seen a hiniker C plow on a chevy
     
  14. BlueOvalBoy

    BlueOvalBoy Member
    Messages: 40

    Sorry about the pics, I was busy this weekend helping my son with his pinewood derby car. I'll try to get pics soon.