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Substitute for Hydraulics?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by snowhaulers, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. snowhaulers

    snowhaulers Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Hello All, just joined. Doing snow for my second season (although only had 2 snows last year). Over the summer, work has been good and I bought a skid loader. Not too large, but It helps me clean up the work area...

    I fabricated a plow to fit my skid loader, 6.5 ft. I can manuver the thing all over the place. The only problem? Articulating left to right. The plow was in good shape, but missing ALL hydraulics. Not a big deal for up and down and tilting on the skid loader.

    I've decided to use two toplink bars to articulate the plow. Any thoughts on this? I purchased the strongest one that would fit my size. I used this product:

    http://www.dealsinapinch.com/3013_1500_p/3013-1500.htm

    I've also attached a picture. I understand this will be a pain to change from side to side http://www.plowsite.com/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif. I do have a quick release for one top link, so I will not need to be synchronized in making the adjustment.http://www.plowsite.com/images/smilies/sport-smiley-018.gif Also, everything fits well, not sloppy. I'll send some pictures of the completed plow when everything is together.

    Thanks for any feedback!

    http://www.snowhaulers.com/IMAG1013.jpg
     
  2. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,403

    hyd cyl are only around $75 each for what you are doing....used plow cyl are cheap....save the pia of getting in and out, more efficient when in use, will cover the cost of control from the cab
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,929

    Your skid should have an aux hydro system. As was mentioned buy some cylinders that are the right size and install. Along with the proper hoses and fittings of course
     
  4. snowhaulers

    snowhaulers Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Thanks for the replies. I forgot to add, I don't have auxiliary hydraulics. I may put something together for next year, setting up a separate valve system that tees of the main for the lift. It would be to complex to do for this year. Are there any concerns for pressure (pull/push) forces? I have a case 1825, which is an older model, but I purchased very reasonable $3500, and it had 1000 hours. It weighs about 3000 pounds, and I've got chains for the front (if needed).
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,929

    The top links ate gunna be a pain to do. Might almost be better off boxing the plow and not worrying about an angle setup
     
  6. snowhaulers

    snowhaulers Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Feedback on strength

    Thanks for all the feedback. I'm still back to my original question: Do you think the top link bars would be able to handle the stresses of pushing snow?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,929

    I will say yes. Keep them lubed. One they rust there gunna be impossible to turn
     
  8. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,403

    use a cyl replacement bar then
     
  9. snowhaulers

    snowhaulers Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Ok, Thanks for all of your input. I'll probably keep the plow on angle for initial plowing, then use the bucket for cleanup.