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Swing Gate Spreader Brackets

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by millsaps118, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    I just bought a used SnoWay OptaFlow with the swing gate. I don't want to drill holes in my box to mount the brackets. Are there other swing gate brackets out there that don't require drilling holes in your box? Even if the brackets were from a different brand spreader I'm sure I could make 'em work.

    Thanx
     
  2. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Bump TTT..........
     
  3. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    BUMP....Anyone have a suggestion?
     
  4. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    The only thing I can tell you is to fabricate a swing gate that will hook into your receiver hitch. I know that billygoat or one of those companies that make the vaccum system to suck up leaves and shred them that go on the tailgates of pickups makes a mount that hook to the vaccum system and then slips into the receiver mount. It still allows access the bed of the truck, and you dont have to drill any holes in the bed or the bumper. I am sure you can find someone to fabricate a set up like that for you.Just a suggestion. I also dont want to drill holes into my truck and that is why I went with the regular receiver hitch mount, but if i could find someone to mock something up like I described, Then I would go ahead with the swing gate option.
     
  5. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Thanks...I never thought of that one. I'll consider something like that.
     
  6. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    I know that Buyers makes a swing mount and a hitch mount for the tailgate spreader. Should be able to hook one to the other.
     
  7. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Yeah I know. I have the swing away mount, I just don't want to drill holes into my truck box to mount the brackets. With the Buyers swing you still have to drill. I was hoping there was another type of mounting bracket for swing aways that do not require drilling holes.

    Thanks for the reply though Streetfrog.
     
  8. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    i have a buyers hitch mount that flips down to open the tailgate if needed.
    I also built a mounting bracket for my leaf loader through the hitch(swing mount) to allow me to still tow the trailer, but you wouldnt want to go down the road with weight i dont think.
     
  9. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Millsaps I meant that you can get the hitch mount and then mount the swing away setup to it. That way you have both options that you are looking for.
     
  10. zappalawn

    zappalawn Member
    from pgh
    Messages: 56

    i seen a hitch mount the folded down to open the gate i think buyers makes it
     
  11. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    I ended up making my own receiver mount. I'll post pics later, still putting the final touches on it.
     
  12. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Update Pic's

    Well here's the receiver mount I fab'ed up. 5/16" mild steel plate with a pintle receiver welded to it. I drilled 6 holes thru the plate, 3 on each side and bolted it to the Hopper frame using grade 8, 7/16" bolts. This thing is VERY solid. Added about 50 lbs to it. For added stability I used a ratchet strap to pull it tight so there is not play or movement.

    I was just going to weld the plate to the hopper frame, but liked the idea of being able to unbolt the plate. If for what ever reason I decided to sell this, the new owner has the option of using the swing away mount or the receiver mount.

    resz plate.jpg

    resz plt.jpg

    resz plt sideview.jpg

    resz plt on trk.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2008
  13. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    One more view.........

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  14. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Turned out nice.
     
  15. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    Looks good>
     
  16. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    i like that i think it works nice.
     
  17. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Thanks:drinkup:
     
  18. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Thanks:drinkup:
     
  19. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    That's going to work really well for you...I wish I would've seen this thread earlier because I have an extra swing away mount from Snow Ex that I would've sold to you. Oh well, it looks like you've got a better design anyway.
     
  20. 76CHEVY

    76CHEVY Member
    Messages: 51

    how much would you want for your extra swing away mount. Could you ship it to michigan? I have been looking for one for a Meyers. I beleave that the Snow Ex and meyers are pretty much the same.
    and meyers want something like 500.00 for a new one.