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Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by 1978K20, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. 1978K20

    1978K20 Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    I read your post about a "flip down" back-drag , and I can't help but
    wonder what this thing looks like. Can you post an image of it, or give
    me a link, or maybe describe what it looks like ? I'd like to fab one to use
    on my 7 1/2' western.

    Thanks :drinkup:
  2. BDB

    BDB Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    I will take some pictures for you today. I haven't found a link to who sells them. A dist. here makes a kit. Or you can have a welder/yourself make one.
  3. 1978K20

    1978K20 Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Hinged backdrag scraper

    Does your scraper have a piano hinge, or several hinges, spaced evenly?
    Is it made from 1/2" cold roll ?

    I thought about this today, and I think I'm going to make my own
    at work. Only problem is, it may take too long ( have to sneak it
    in on my own time ).

    I'd like to make mine so that the bottom part that actually contacts
    the pavement can be removed, and a new scraper bolted back on.
    The hinge will rust, so I thought about adding grease zerts to aid in
    I wish I would have found out about this "backdrag" scraper thing
    last summer, or fall, so I had enough time to fab one up!

    Looking forward to seeing those images.

    1978K20 Oh yeah, it's snowing like crazy here right now.
  4. BDB

    BDB Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    Here you go...It's 1/2 plate with two brackets on either side. It's got all grade 5 hardware. When it folds down it rests against the back of the plow frame for support. In my experience you want to try to have the angle vertical or slightly forward. If it's angled back to the truck it will chatter. This one is one snowfall old on my pro plus. I don't think you need grease zerks. It's fairly simple. See If these help you out...:drinkup: cheers.




  5. 1978K20

    1978K20 Junior Member
    Messages: 22


    Nice ! Very simple set-up. Looks like it works good, too.
    Thanks for sharing. I'm working on a design for my 7 1/2'.

    I want to retain the use of my shoes (when needed), so I need to
    figure out what to do there. May have to move them back a little.

    I also want to be able to replace the scraper edge quickly, when worn.
    For the edge material, I'm considering using a hard plastic ( UHMW).
    This should not make very much noise when dragging on concrete.

    Everything is in the planning stage right now. This is going to be for my
    personal use only. Too labor intensive to market.

    I like your set-up though.

    Thanks, again.

  6. BDB

    BDB Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    I lift up the blade and put the shoes on when I need them or do not want to use back drag. On gravel you don't need to use the back drag anyways. Possibly use pins like on snowplows for easy hook up and removal.
  7. Rgory

    Rgory Member
    Messages: 64


    Hey BDB?

    Do you have your wear edge on the front of the blade? If so it must be wore real thin...

    Nice set up though, couldnt help but wonder about the front cutting edge though.

  8. BDB

    BDB Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    I still have an inch or so left. A new one in the garage too. The corners are wore from running curblines. Going to get all I can out of it...
  9. RTW5150

    RTW5150 Junior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 24

    Nice set-up! :drinkup:
  10. Alaska Tim

    Alaska Tim Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 42

    Back Drag

    Nice design, what a sweet idea !! I see Western now is applying them to their newer models. I like your idea because it swings up when you go forward.
    And back down I take it when you go backwards. Noticed too your wear bar is about gone though. Good thing you have an x-tra. Great pictures !! Thx
  11. 1978K20

    1978K20 Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    BDB, here's what I came up with..........

    I fabbed up a backdrag scraper, and just installed it. Only now there's no
    snow anywhere around to try it out !! Go figure. It's raining outside!
    I'm going to try a poly edge.
    Thanks, a lot, for your help, by giving me an idea to build from.


    western backdrag.JPG

    western backdrag 2.JPG
  12. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    I wish you luck but I would rather see a steel cutting edge on that set up. Seems to me there's no support for the U edge so it won't ride flat on the ground. Plus, if you back over a tall manhole or something you won't have any way to trip the blade, thus breaking an expensive U-edge.

    I do hope it works though. Let us know when you get to go out and play with it.
  13. BDB

    BDB Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    Looks good. You will have to let us know how it works/scrapes. It would be great so it won't get ding up the the concrete. U edge for the cutting edge and you won't reck any surface. Get us some "action pics" when it stops raining! It's doing the same here:cry: