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Western back drag blade?

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by jsc824, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. jsc824

    jsc824 Member
    from N.H.
    Messages: 88

    Do you have to have a new cutting edge on to effectivly use the westetn back drag blade? it would seem that if the cutting edge was somewhat worn, the back drag would stop the cutting edge from hitting the ground.
     
  2. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    Back drag edge

    Your assumption is correct. The main cutting edge and the backdrag edge wear together. Normally, at our shop, we put backdrag edges only on new plows or at the same time as a new main cutting edge.
     
  3. kingriver

    kingriver Senior Member
    from alaska
    Messages: 217

    When you install new main cutting edges are they factory Western cutting edges or do you make your own ?
     
  4. jsc824

    jsc824 Member
    from N.H.
    Messages: 88

    Just recently bought a used unimount, and the cutting edge has plenty of life left in it, but woldd like a back drag blade, so trying to figure out the best option. The western one seems like it woukd be cheaper then having one made up at a welding shop.
     
  5. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    The hinge type back drag bars work much better than the western ones. You have all the weight on one cutting edge at a time
    instead of splitting in between the two.
     
  6. jsc824

    jsc824 Member
    from N.H.
    Messages: 88

    What do those run to have made up. I have no experience with a welder to be able to make my own.
     
  7. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    That hinge backdrag edge sounds like a good idea, as stated that would put full weight on the active cutting edge. Then they could wear indipendantly. I would like to see a picture of a working model. Do they have some sort of spring to ensure the backdrag flips under when you reverse?
     
  8. jsc824

    jsc824 Member
    from N.H.
    Messages: 88

    From what I can see from pics online, the hinge one sits about an onch lower then the cutting edge. When in reverse the plow lidfs and the back drag is on the ground, when you drive forward it flips up putting the cutting edge on tge ground
     
  9. Greystorm

    Greystorm Member
    Messages: 31

  10. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Westerns backdrag edge is adjustable.
     
  11. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    Mishnick, there is no spring to make the backdrag edge stand up. Just gravity. When you drop the plow it will land on the back edge and once going forward it will fold back towards the truck and fall on the front edge. If you drop it and back up right away you are fine because it will already be standing on it. If it falls forward and then you go back the weight of the snow will push the edge toward the plow and lock the edge against the plow.

    It may be more expensive to have one made but you will only buy it once they were very little. Every time you repalce your cutting edge you will have to replace the back drag as well. Not sure on shipping cost but aspen equipment makes them for 295 and they are located in bloomington MN.