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$15.00 Snow Deflector, in under 1 hour

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by paponte, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Call me cheap... I can live with that. But I couldn't see spending $125.00, plus tax on a piece of rubber and a piece of flat stock.

    I went down to a local screening yard that we get all of our topsoil from, to see if they had any old conveyor laying around. Guy told me they had tons behind their shop, to feel free and take what I needed. Cost... $0. Went to the steel shop on the way home, and picked up a 10' piece of flat steel for $15.00.

    With about and hours time toying around and taking my time, I have a snow deflector for about $110.00 cheaper then I could have gotten it from any local suppliers. That I can live with also. :cool:

  2. Chuckwk

    Chuckwk Founder
    Messages: 225

    wow, great job!!
  3. ShannonS

    ShannonS Member
    from IOWA
    Messages: 96


    That looks damn good. Wish I could have done something like that for the cutting edges on my mvp before i spent the 160 bucks for the edges and another 90 for the flap kit in the middle
  4. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    looks good but if that truck sees anything more then 10 or so mph the rubber is too short, it should hang down the bottom of the boss logo or 1/3 of the blade. have fun payup
  5. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Nice job paponte! :salute:
  6. ksland

    ksland Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 419

    Nice job, got any rubber left over? I need one too!
  7. gt_racer50

    gt_racer50 Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 484

    Outstanding! I love homemade things. Take your wife out to dinner on the money you saved. or buy a piece of equipement that you want and can't build.
  8. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    I cut the rubber to 8" wide. Wat are we talking about, maybe another 2"? I think I should be fine. If not, I'll just cut myself another piece. :cool:

    ksland, actually I have about a 40'x2' roll of it.
  9. Filer

    Filer Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 61

    Nice Job paponte :drinkup:

    I work in a sawmill and will make mine the same way you did but just a little cheaper :D. I will take the conveyor belt , flat bar, nuts & bolts all from work :p
  10. SWC

    SWC Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 134

    Let's hear it for good ol enginuity.

    I was thinking about doing the same thing for my plow.
  11. gt_racer50

    gt_racer50 Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 484

    Don't take offense, it's a dealer that is critiquing it. Read between the lines, he probably really likes it, but it is after all taking money out of his pocket. I'm not too sure that my insurance man would appreciate it if he thought that I was speed plowing.
  12. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    i was thinking of using an old hard plastic mud flap for mine. Ya it will need to be in pieces but I think to myself so what.......Rob
  13. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    I used the same thing. 1/2 thick conveyour belt but I didn't use flat stock, I used nuts, bolts, and big flat washers. Mine hangs down to the bottom of the Boss sticker.:waving:
    As far as the speed plowing thing goes, I have to many accounts to do to plow slow all night.
  14. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    um, seriously no, after selling over 1500 deflectors I KNOW what works and what dosent. I even have a chart that shows the prefered applications for what sizes. I like that people are thinking out of the box and making their own, it is just when someone makes their own and it is not sized correctly for the application they will not be happy with the end results and will say "rubber deflectors dont work"


    I think I am one of the few business owners that would rather help someone make the part work then sell them another.

    thanks for your assumption Rob

    oh and on a 10' blade I usualy recomend a 12" or a 14"
  15. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Ok, so now the deflector cost me $35.00... had to be different.:cool:

    Last edited: Jan 9, 2004
  16. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Big Nate,

    If I said anything to make you mad I'm sorry. Nothing I said was directed at you.....Rob
  17. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    I'm still wondering how that truck will plow :eek:
  18. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    it was supposed to be Dan not you Rob, sorry for the mixup
  19. IndySnowPlowers

    IndySnowPlowers Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 78


    The decals are awesome on it. OK, now I need to go do something like this.

    I have a 7.5' Boss RT3 and still have the cheapie deflector that came with it.....doesn't work well. I also have the website advertised on it backwards so people see it in their rearview. But this looks MUCH nicer!

    I should have plenty of time to make one. Because it sure isn't snowing here!

    Nice job!! :nod:
  20. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    No harm done, Thnx nate....Rob