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pro wings or bigger blade?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by wileythecoyote, Dec 16, 2001.

  1. wileythecoyote

    wileythecoyote Junior Member
    from indy
    Messages: 8

    86 gmc 1ton with a 7' meyer. should i buy a pair of pro wings or just replace the blade with an 8.5? or even an 8 with wings?

    tia,
    wiley
     
  2. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I would replace the blade so that you actually get the full 8 or 8.5 of cutting edge. Wings would be my second option if I could not locate a bigger blade.
     
  3. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Agreed with CT18.

    A 7' blade when fully angled (such as when windrowing) is only going to give you a little over 6' of cleared path - 6' 2" is shown in a Fisher brochure I'm looking at.

    Even if your truck has the narrow duals, they are still about 6' 8" across the outside tire treads (I just measured the welding truck - '79 Chev dually)

    For that truck I definitely suggest a wider blade.
     
  4. wileythecoyote

    wileythecoyote Junior Member
    from indy
    Messages: 8

    anyone else?
     
  5. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Wider blade for sure. I would go with the widest blade your truck can carry. Even a 9' . Of course cost will be a determining factor I would guess.
     
  6. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    Well, CT18 & 75 summed it up best (& Dave too). But I'll add a little to the bigger blade if possible, if not wings answer. Bigger blade AND wings. If you do get the bigger blade, keep the other as a spare and set up hardware for the wings that are going on the bigger blade, then you can interchange them if you should need the back up. Good luck.
     
  7. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    If you don't want to spend coin on a new blade,you could rework your old one.A lot of blades all use the same harness,a-frmae etc,so they will usually handle the larger blade OK.Check first to see.If you are handy with a torch and welder,you can make them yourself,or find a welder to do it for you.I have done lots of them,and they hold up fine.Here are a few pics of a removable setup for a 9 ft western (is over 11 ft with extensions on),and one of a snoway 6.5 ft permanently extended to 8.6 ft.

    plowext.jpg
     
  8. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Didn't realize only one pic per post,so here is pic 2 of the western extensions
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2001
  9. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    lets try this again

    remext.jpg
     
  10. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    3 rd pic,of the mounts for the extensions.If anyone wants more info,just e-mail me

    extmount.jpg
     
  11. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    That's a good idea wyldman. Not sure why I never thought of it. :) I just may make some extentions for an old 7 footer.
     
  12. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I read an article in a landscaping mag about 3 years ago. It tolds of a contractor in CT who had made Fisher 8 foot blades into 10 foot blades. He claimed that the weighed significantly less then a 10 footer from Fisher. His were permanent though. He had been using them for a couple years and had no real problems. I will have to find that article.
     
  13. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Yea, I would like to check it out if ya find it. If ya do, maybe you could scan it and post it here. hint hint.
     
  14. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 315

    wiley,

    1986 GMC 1 ton.
    Worth $5000.00

    Option 1: Plow wings $200.00
    Option 2: New plow assembly $3000.00

    ~ Guess what your banker or finacial consultant would say?



    Okay, option #3 (Here's where this forum is priceless)
    Buy a 9' cutting edge (bolt pattern the same, but double check.)
    Bolt that on and add 12" HMWPE (High molecular weight poly ethelene: fairly common, cheap product.) to form your plow face and bolt it to the cutting edge and face of plow. It'll bend to form the same curvature of the plow.
    Total cost: $300.00 cash. 2 hours time.
     
  15. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    He doesn't actually need a new plow assembly. Just a bigger blade. 8-9ft blades can be had here for $200-400 depending on condition.
     
  16. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Yea, but a brand new plow is pretty. :D
     
  17. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 315

    Let me know where I can get a 9' Meyer with A-frame for $400.00. It would have to be a HM9, not a C-9, the C-9 came in the mid-90's and has the short A frame.

    I've got a guy in Ohio who will pick that up tomorrow.
     
  18. wileythecoyote

    wileythecoyote Junior Member
    from indy
    Messages: 8

    so where can i find a 9' blade that will bolt on? anyone have one laying around?
     
  19. OBRYANMAINT

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    i like the extension idea here is a picture of one of my western setups i have two like this and they measure tip to tip 10' 6"....(.8 foot plow)

    08_06a.jpg
     
  20. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    OBRYANMAINT, that's a nice setup. Pushing the limit on width aren't you.