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Broke A Mount (with pics)

Discussion in 'Hiniker' started by NBI Lawn, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    I know I am not the first one and I don't have hard feelings...just sharing what happened. We got about 2" of wet slop last night. First few passes are between two semi trailers so wasnt going fast. You can see by the pictures I didnt hit the curb and I didn't hit the bank hard or push into it. The funny part is because I was between the trailers when I hit reverse and raised the blade I was already looking behind me, no sign of a break at all. You can imagine my surprise when I made it to the other side of the lot and went to drop the blade and it wasn't there :jester:. I laughed to myself for a second, then got mad for a second, went to the shop, grabbed a different truck and plow... life goes on :drinkup:.




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  2. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    In the last picture you can see it looks as though its been cracked for a while. I'm just glad it didn't happen while driving. It's also funny they both broke in the same spot at the same angle.

    EDIT: The truck is a '99 Chev 2500 classic. Bought the 8.5' v-plow used last year but we typically run a 9' scoop on it.


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  3. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Did the electrical connections disconnect without damage?
  4. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Pulled out straight, no damage to the truck or plow...just the mount. Thumbs Up
  5. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Lucky. Ya, that would be scary to have happen to driving down the road. Might be a good candidate for the new heavier forks.
  6. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    The new forks are a new design so they wont work on older plows...thats how I understand it. Maybe if I complain enough Hiniker will start "monitoring" this forum and just send me a new one ;) .

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  8. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    You can retrofit a new plowside receiver to work with the new style forks, according to my dealer. I just swapped trucks and was gonna put the new style on my truck. But, it was more money than I wanted to spend already, without swapping the plowside. So, I stayed with the old style.

  9. exmark

    exmark Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    I have heard a lot of stories about the mounts breaking off. I have never seen pictures or anything to prove it, but thats crazy. I always wonder what if it were to break off driving down the road...
  10. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    I had heard many stories too. I was amazed when this happened. Still havent fixed it... Maybe Hiniker will just send me a new one. PM me for my address :laughing:
  11. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,582

    That's what happened with my 8 Foot straight. Pulled up to the building to back drag and when I looked up, the plow was still by the building. Our plugs also unplugged without any issues or breaking them. Forks broke just like that. I have never been a fan of Hiniker until I went to the Snow Show here in Chicago over this past Summer. They beefed up there Forks and I love the 9 foot Scoop. Oh yeah, Hiniker actually replaced our Forks for FREE!
  12. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    did you say some one stole my plow y i was using it its getting ruff out here
  13. topdj

    topdj Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I dont see this upgrade anywhere
  14. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    They totally changed them including where the locking mechanism hooks in on to the plow, they are alot thicking and heavier now and won't interchange with the old ones.

    Welcome to the club of breaking one! Hiniker will not cover it unless it's in warranty that was what we ran into with them
  15. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    We had one fall off 3 years ago broke in the exact same place, it was a V-Plow on a 2001 Dodge that broke off at 50 mph ended up totalling the truck and plow from the damage
  16. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    I wish your pics where bigger...hard to see what happen..
  17. scottydosnntkno

    scottydosnntkno Member
    Messages: 87

    What year did they start doing the new forks?

    My new plow I bought this year was a leftover from last year I'm pretty sure. Is there some way to decode when it was built from the serial number?

    My forks seem beefy enough. Their either 1/2 or 5/8" plate
  18. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    They just came out this year, if you have the notch cut in the center for the locking mechanism it's the old style fork and mount system. The new one I believe is only available on the V & Scoop models right now as well
  19. scottydosnntkno

    scottydosnntkno Member
    Messages: 87

    Yep I have the notch so I have the old ones. Luckily i made a pair of extras just incase since i hear about them breaking off.

    Good thing I can do my own fab work and have access to a full metal shop. We had to modify the mount since my truck is lifted 6" and has 35s. Just ground off the weld on the vertical pieces that attach to the square tube and the truck brackets and made new extended pieces out of 1/2" instead of 3/8". Then we welded them on the inside and outside around the square tube as the factory only did the outside and switched to grade 8 bolts to secure it to the truck to deal with the extra force.

    Everything worked perfect during the first storm here, plowed 19 hrs straight over some pretty rough pavement and it held up just fine.

    I figured while we were doing the rest of the work that I would make up new spades in case one ever broke in the middle of the storm it would be a lot easier to just grind and weld instead of trying to fab up one as well.
  20. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    I did talk to Hiniker about this and they said "sorry". Still haven't fixed it, probably watch CL for a used one.