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Arctic Sectional pusher 12ft LD with bent frame

Discussion in 'Arctic Sectional Sno-Pusher' started by JD Dave, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I was looking at our 12ld pusher today and I notice the main frame of it was all bent. We've had trouble with bent section, broken rubbers and now a bent frame. It says on thier site good for machines under 18,000 lbs and I'm running it on our telehandler which weighs less then 12k. I'm sure it's operator error but the guy running it has ran a Horst pusher for the last 5 years before we got the Arctic with no problems. We can still use the blade but it doesn't impress me. Think I'll stick to Horst now.



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  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    sorry dave im not sure what is bent, the middle or the end???

    do you have pics of the other side?
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    It is harder to see in the pics. The main tubing is bent, you can see how it's wavy. Also the ends are bent up, I should have taken a pic of the other side. It's bent but not as bad. We have a 14ft to compare it to and it's fine, different operator.

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554

    was that the first year that it was used also?
    its not like we had much snow last year.
  5. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    atleast 2 years i think....
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    They are 2 years old about 120 hours of plowing. I really like the concept but I'm afraid of the durability now. I should have bought the HD's.
  7. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    yea its a little hard to tell
  8. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745


    2 of mine are like that. They still push fine.

    Don't get to worked up about it.

  9. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    I'll trade you for a 12ft Avalanche.
  10. DellDoug

    DellDoug Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Sorry to see your bad luck/problems. I checked our HD units and they are all straight but last year was light. I will keep an eye out and report if anything like this happens to the future. We try to never buy a std duty pusher (any brand) of any kind for just the reason you have listed here. We had very bad luck with a different pusher manufacturer years ago. They used to have a tendency to break in half!! :confused:
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I'm not worked up but I have blades that my dad bought new 25 years ago that we still use and are not bent up. I also would have bought the HD units but when Arctics site says their good for an 18000 lb machine I'd thnk a 12,000 lb farm tractor would be perfect for them.
  12. pusherpro

    pusherpro Sponsor
    Messages: 85

    Bent or abused?

    One of the comments I have made since working at this company is the Sectional is an operators plow, that hands down is superior to any on the market but like anything else in the wrong hands it suffer damage. As Dave said one plow with one specific operator bent, one plow with another didn't. That in itself has said volumes to me. Our company spends a lot of time training, guiding and directing our employees in proper plow techniques before turning them lose. With hot dog operators just a bent plow is a blessing.
    We run LD-12's and LD-14's on Cat 906 without these issues. One of the things we have done is put a recommended speed limit on our plow like other manufacturers do with their plows. 15 mph x 18,000 lbs into a frozen pile = bent steel I don't care whose plow you run. Dave I will gladly discuss getting your frame replaced.

    IDOCTORTREES Senior Member
    from MONTANA
    Messages: 792

    Wow ---Thats the kind of dealer we all want.....Good for Artic plows
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I appreiciate you responding. I also agree that the blades are operator plows. The operator in question isn't a hot dog operator as he's plowed for us for almost 10 seasons and this is the first problem he's had. I'd assume a Horst Snowing would be considered an operator's plow also that he ran previous to this. After looking at the HD's I don't thnk this would have happened but I could be wrong. I think I'm leaning to selling the LD's and buying HD's. Nothing scrapes better then an Arctic, no question. I will PM you about the frame replacement.
  15. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    You can pick up the replacements from your dealer friend in Erin. LOL.
  16. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    That's good to know. (still laughing) John that 12ft LD was on the telehandler at Rockwood. In your honest opinion would you consider my guys at that job cowboys?
  17. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    I'd be willing to bet the guy posting this is the one who bent it LOL... He's the biggest cowboy ;)
  18. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

  19. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Those operators are the furthest thing from cowboys. Wish some of mine were that good.... and that my honest opinion.
  20. plowinli

    plowinli Member
    Messages: 59

    Hey Steve, how about getting us some material on the proper plow techniques including the video you guys were working on so we can train our employees. That would be a lot easier for us and you the the trial and error method we are doing now for these pushers.