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Plow question

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by woodsman, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    I have a 96 f150 with a 7.6' western plow, my question is how tight should the chain be when the blade is on the ground?, should there be some slack in the chain? thanks in advance for any help.

    Jim
     
  2. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Yes, slack in the chain when fully on the ground is normal. This is what gives you float.
     
  3. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Thanks man. Its only my 2nd season with a western
     
  4. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    No problem.
     
  5. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    Actually it should not be loose, chain should be tight. Drop the plow and put it into float mode, and press the ram all the way down. Give yourself like 4 links of chain loose. Raise the plow, and drop again, now you should have a few inches of ram showing and this is what allows it to float. As the plow needs to drop the ram will continue to depress allowing it to "float".
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  6. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Thanks i will set it up that way.
     
  7. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Fawk. My bad. Been a bit since I've tooled with a chain lift but you are correct.
     
  8. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Hey no problem i appreciate you trying to helping out, some folks these days will not give the time of day...

    Thanks again, Jim