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Western cable operated question (re: raising the plow)

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by dneiding, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. dneiding

    dneiding Member
    Messages: 36

    I plowed for the first time with my “new” 85 Chevy K20 with a 7.5 Western cable operated plow. There was barley 2” of snow (very wet). Here’s the problem, after plowing a row I would get to the end, with a big pile of snow in front of the plow of course. When I’d go to raise the plow the motor would run but it would not raise. If I put the trunk in reverse and back up just a few inches it would raise just fine. It was as if it couldn’t overcome the weight of a little bit of snow piled in front of it.

    Over the summer I replaced the both cables, put a new filter and changed the fluid. Any ideas? Could the motor be too weak?


  2. TLB

    TLB Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    were you plowing into soft ground and digging in?
  3. dneiding

    dneiding Member
    Messages: 36

    Maybe once or twice but much of the lot I was plowing has curbs around it so I know for sure I was stopping on solid concrete.
  4. jml416

    jml416 Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    cables or lift valve out of adjustment
  5. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    how fast will it go up with no snow in front of it if it aint fast your cable needs adjusting should be 2 sec