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pro wing corners bending

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jrodgers, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. jrodgers

    jrodgers Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Last year I bought a pair of Pro Wings for my plow. They work great but I am having a problem with them bending where the rubber scrapers attach to the wing. They bend right on that outside corner so I take off the rubber piece and bang it back and put it back on. I was thinking of beefing it up with steel ,Ill see. Anyone else had this problem and if so how did you fix it?Thanks JR
     
  2. tovoninc

    tovoninc Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    add a steel backing just like you are thinking. we stayed about 2 inches off the bottom and it solved the problem
     
  3. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Are you hitting curb corners or such. They warn you in the pro wing installation instructions to stay away from the curbs. We use a truck without wings to do the edging around the curbs and such, but we still occasion bend one. Reinforcing might help or you might break something else instead of just bending the edge. Hammering them back is a small price to pay for the time they save. We just consider it normal plow maintenance.
     
  4. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I seen a plow last night that he had hit so many curbs the wings were bent so bad they now are extensions of the mold board. No more arch to them,bottom rubber no longer touches the ground. Guess it's $180 down the drain!
     
  5. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Guys ....Another reason I went with Turkey Wings instead
    of pro wings..................geo
     
  6. OBRYANMAINT

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    same as jmr here ....bend them back and keep going.......re-inforcement may help......we use poly on ours instead of rubber and extend the poly out the side a few inches ...that helps a lot
     
  7. jrodgers

    jrodgers Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Where do you get the poly for that? And how do you make them? Use the rubber as a template?
     
  8. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,830

    what about some back bracing let a welder do it then install some curb guards if you can
     
  9. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    OK guys I finally got tired of straightening my Pro Wings after every event. Here is what I did. I took a 4" angle iron 1/4" thick cut it to fit on the back side of the wings. It goes from the top side of the lower hinge out toward the edge. Welded all the way around with the MIG welder. I will try and post some pic's. 2 events so far and they haven't bent at all. If you have a torch and a welder its an easy modification. Took me 30 minutes to do the pair.
     
  10. iski3d

    iski3d Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    could we see some pics of that? Mine are bent after one storm. No curbs either. Thanks.
     
  11. tired

    tired Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    why reinforce

    when you hit something like a curb or rub a post hard something has to give!!! would you rather spend 10min with a press or fix something major? as for curbs set the steel just above your highest curb and let the rubber fold back so on your shorter curbs the rubber doesn't fold as far.You can then rub your edge of the plow next to the curb and the wing works as a squeegee.IF you break it ya got to fix it!!:dizzy:
     
  12. PROPJCKEY

    PROPJCKEY Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    I bought the pro wings and I love them!:yow!: its like anything else, you have to get use to how they act with your set-up.
    -Doc-
     
  13. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Here is a picture of my reinforced Pro Wing. So far so good. Nothing bent, nothing broken. Two storms over 40 hours of pushing. I used to have to bend them back after about 12 hours of pushing. I going to do this to our other set, but maybe a little differently. I should mention that the mounting brackets are weld to my blade frame, NOT bolted. The blade is a 7 1/2 Meyer poly.

    pro wings 015.jpg
     
  14. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Here is a picture before the modification.

    pro wings 002.jpg
     
  15. Henry

    Henry Member
    Messages: 55

    JMR,

    Can you show a pic of how you mounted the brackets to the frame of that poly plow? I used a meyer poly blade for my skid steer plow but it's only 6.5' and I can get alot more done with another 20".
     
  16. EJK2352

    EJK2352 Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    I have Pro-Wings on my 7.5' Meyers poly plow. I welded the brackets to the vertical rib on the back side of the plow.

    vivatar 045.jpg
     
  17. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    How easy are the wings to take off and put on? I plow alot of different areas and they would just be more trouble then they worth in some places. They do good on slushy snow, rounding it up? I see curbs tend to bend-em, guess no more curb bumping?
     
  18. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    They come off in about 30 seconds. Since my modification I have had one bend yet. If you do lots by the push you can't afford not having them. They will save you a ton of time. They work great in all snow conditions. They are a GREAT investment. I bet I cut 25-35% off my time with the wings. You make your blade almost 2' wider and cant in at the ends. When you get in one of those positions where you are trying to move a pile of snow some distance. Imagine instead of making 6 -7 passes if you could do it in 4, that would save you a lot of time, right. You will be amazed. Best money I ever spent. Buy yourself a pair and see, you won't regret it. Pro Wings should be giving me a commission for pushing these things.payup payup