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can I use bolts instead of pins for angle cylinders

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by 00silverado, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. 00silverado

    00silverado Member
    Messages: 47

    I'm having a hard time finding new pins for my angle cylinders on my unimount plow. Can I just use bolts instead
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Don't see why not, but how hard are the pins to find? Quick search has found numerous sites that have them.
  3. 00silverado

    00silverado Member
    Messages: 47

    Around here can't find them . But I do have 3/4 inch bolts that will fit
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Your location?
  5. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,676

    You can but the threads will wear the openings faster than a pin would.
  6. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    absolutely , no problem . use correct point strength .
  7. johnhenry1933

    johnhenry1933 Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    Yeah, the threads will cut into the hole, eventually elongating them (especially if Gr. 8). I would just buy the appropriate pin, widely available online.
  8. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 556

    Funny this post came up... I was thinking of swapping the factory bolts on my BOSS for pins.
  9. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

    McMaster dot com has pins too.
  10. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,353

    I have put bolts in place of the pins. I just buy bolts with a smooth base where it contacts the ram and then cut off the extra threaded length. I also use nylock nuts to be sure they don't come loose and fall out.
  11. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Maybe it's the amount of Captain I've had or I'm completely missing the point here. Did the prices on pins go through the roof over the summer?
  12. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    I know, right!

    If bird would've ask, this post would've had a different tone.
  13. JohnRoscoe

    JohnRoscoe Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    You could always buy a grade 5 bolt longer than you need, cut the threads off, and drill a hole for a pin. Still lets you service without tools, and the grade 5 ensures it's the weak link and will break before the mount.