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Sod Pipe?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by gdsmith17, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. gdsmith17

    gdsmith17 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi everyone, new to the industry here and hopefully someone can help me out. I am going to be plowing a small condo complex this winter. The owners asked me to use a sod pipe for the first couple months so the lawns do not get damaged.
    Has anyone ever heard of one of these, and is it something you can buy or is it something I should make.
     
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    You can make one easily enough. Just take a piece of 2" black iron pipe the length of your blade, and cut a slot through it. The design an easy way to attach it to your blade. A little warning for you, you will not get the lot as clean, because you are covering your cutting edge so it will take more salt to clean it down to bare pavement.
     
  3. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    pipe

    it is a piece of scedule 80 pipi with a slot big enough fot the cutting edge to fit in cut in it with a plasma torch or if your good enough a oxy acty torch but the plasma is faster .then weld mount plates to the end and bolt to the blade .it will save a fair amount of the grass and limit how much gravel it pushes into the grass buy riding over it .
     
  4. gdsmith17

    gdsmith17 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks Rc. That is what I was thinking. Any ideas on how to attach it?
     
  5. NickT

    NickT Senior Member
    Messages: 707

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  6. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    wow, I had never even heard of this, thats a neat thing, do you make them to come off easily or do you leave it on for everything?
     
  7. NickT

    NickT Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    I know there's some pics on here somewhere, I'm looking to do the same, probably only used on gravel, so you don't dig into it I haven't figured out how to attach the pipe, maybe something with a pin and cotter to remove it easily
     
  8. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
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  9. NickT

    NickT Senior Member
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  10. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I had a job a few years ago that required one, and I just drilled through the cutting edge, and put a pin on each end. Simple and easy. It took about a minute to install it, and another minute to remove it. I just threw it in the bed of the truck for my other jobs.
     
  11. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    I put mine on like RC does but a friend of mine uses the plow shoe holes welds 2 pins on the pipe then he can adjust it up or down or just take it off.
     
  12. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
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  13. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    I could not tell if they had tabs welded on the back side but I have found if you don't have the tab that the pipe will chatter and break the front tab off.
     
  14. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Why are you plowing the lawns?
     
  15. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    I agree. They will send you just the pipe and let you weld whatever tab or bracket yourself as well.
     
  16. jkski

    jkski Member
    Messages: 86

    Could you utilize a piece of schedule 40 PVC or would the weight of the plow crush it?
     
  17. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    PVC and heavy snowplow and cold do not go together well..