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Plow Pump

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by jrm123180, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Not sure if this is in the right spot....

    Has anyone ever used a power steering pump for their plow? I was thinking of using a pump off of a '72 buick 350 (not sure what car it was from, maybe a special or something).

    Steve
     
  2. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    I heard it could be used but it takes a lot of work and creativity to build a system for it. I suppose you could utilize a valve body and electric harness from a truck that has a separate hydro system.

    The down side is the pump is already taxed from keeping the wheels in the direction you want to go. It would be very hard on the pump to add another mechanism to the system. If you blow the PS pump you will not be able to steer or finish the plow job.
     
  3. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    I was thinking of doing this as a seperate unit....adding a second PS dedicated to the plow.....would this hold enough fluid?
     
  4. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    It should hold enough fluid since it is a closed loop system. The only fluid exchange would be from the lift cylinder and that doesn't usually use a lot of fluid. If you try and get this going take lots of pictures and notes. Post them here on Plow Site and keep us all informed.
     
  5. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Will do, thanks a mill.....Steve
     
  6. Garagekeeper

    Garagekeeper Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    Power steering pumps work fine for plows and the like.
    You can use a manual valve body as they did on the older Meyer plows with rods to operate it or even use the joy stick cable control that hooks up to the valve body that Fisher used for their under hood units.
    You will more that likely have to add an extra reservoir in line because of the increased fluid capacity your going to need.
    :rolleyes: John......................................
     
  7. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    Why would you need an additional reservoir? The only extra fluid the PS pump will have to accomodate is the fluid from the lift cylinder and that maybe uses a 1/3 of a quart. I gfuess it all depends on the size of the pump.
     
  8. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    I will have to play around with it to see.....Incase it doesn't work, can I get a rebuild kit for my original pump? I have the old school fisher plow setup...

    Thanks for everyones input
    SteveS
     
  9. Garagekeeper

    Garagekeeper Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    Plow Meister you will or almost empty a normal power steering reservoir during the lifting of the plow, plus during the lowering and angling the return can be to great all at once and cause the fluid to be blown out if there is not enough storage.
    :rolleyes: John......................................
     
  10. tvpierce

    tvpierce Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209