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Recycle Edges

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by john r, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 239

    I need to replace a couple of 3/8 edges. Rather than throw the old edge out I want to weld it to my new edge. Any problems with doing this?
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    Nope not at all
     
  3. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,248

    I'd rotate the old edge 180degrees so you can plug weld the two edges by using the old mounting holes to the edge, then lay 3-4" beads spaced about 5-6" from each other along the top of the old cutting edge/new cutting edge.
    Do all this with the new edge mounted to the blade because it will pull/warp and you'll struggle to get it mounted.
     
  4. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,643

    Where do you plan on welding it to the new cutting edge? Small pieces on either end is coming practice, welding the entire old edge to the new edge not so much.
     
  5. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,248

    I've only added 10-12" pieces to the end of the edge and had good results. I'm also running 1/2" edges and didn't want the added weight of a complete edge.
     
  6. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    welding about 10" of the worn edge to the ends of the new edge is what i do. this significantly increases the edge life.

    350edge.JPG
     
  7. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,956

    Can I MIG those corner sectors on my edge ? Looks like a good way of freshening up my blade ends...... which are the only place they're wearing..

    Or do I need to stick weld (or other) weld them ?
     
  8. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    i use mig. but you need high heat - we're talking about welding two 1/2" plates together. a 110 volt mig isn't going to cut it.
     
  9. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 239

    Iv'e seen the edge build up before. But by only welding piecses on the ends won't the center of the edge wear first and not evenly across the whole edge?
     
  10. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    The center can't wear until the edges do. Think about it, what wears out first on a cutting edge? It isn't the center, and they most certainly don't wear evenly the whole way across
     
  11. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,248

    Adding the plate on the end of the edge takes care of a rounded edge and increases the life of the edge. Since we typically windrow the ends of the edge is the first to see any deviation on the surface being plowed. By adding steel at the end it reduces the rounding of the edge which also reduces the wear of the edge too. I was seeing about a 35-40% increase of the life of an edge. At the time I had my Meyer I was plowing 5miles of private road at speeds hitting 25mph which creates a lot of heat.
    This what I did when I was running a Meyer, I use what ever I had laying around and believe this was 6"X4"X1/2". I drilled 3/4" holes in the plate, plug welded and welded the plate on 3sides (not the bottom). Ground a nice chamfer on 3sides of the plate, also ground a trough in the edge and I used my Lincoln 120 Mig at the highest setting. I felt with my experience and prep work I'd get enough penetration. I never had one come off or weld failure on the 4 edges I did this to.

    edge.jpg

    edge2.jpg
     
  12. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,956

    You've given me something to do this weekend.... or next..... whenever I come across a hunk of steel that thickness...

    Thanks MR. High plains drifter......:waving:
     
  13. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,643

    What size do you want? Got part of an old edge laying around.