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Dumb question.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by lawncare3, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. lawncare3

    lawncare3 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I have a question! I know this is dumb and please don't come down on me for this. How does a plow hydrolic unit run? Do they rin on a battery or what?
  2. Grshppr

    Grshppr Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    Some pumps are run by a 12V motor on the pump, with solenoids to angle and lift the plow. Others are run off a belt on the motor, similar to a power steering pump.
  3. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Not a dumb question at all.Hydraulics need pressure,which requires a pump.that pump has to be powered by something to turn it.It could be an electric motor,a belt off the engine in the truck,a pto on the trans,or a remote engine,like on a v-box spreader.If your using an electric motor,then yes,it would have to run off the battery.

    Most plows are electric over hydraulic (electric motor turning the pump),and the unit is a complete power pack with all electric controls mounted in a unit on the plow frame,or under the hood.
  4. dangerousdarren

    dangerousdarren Member
    Messages: 42

    it's not a dumb question, all of us has had that question at one time. i one time out of agrivation asked my son(6 or 7 at the time) why he asked me so many questions all the time, his reply shut me up real quick "so i'll know things".
  5. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    the only dumb question is a question that is not asked! remember that!!
  6. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Most plow pumps are gear type which have two intermeshing gears. The oil is introduced on one side of the gears which are spinning. As the oil passes through, it is squeezed out the other side and then directed by valves to do the work. Since the oil cannot be compressed, it will provide a great deal of force to the hydraulic cylinders to move your plow.
  7. MLB

    MLB Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    I love kids

    They cut right through all the bs :):drinkup:
  8. Acorn

    Acorn Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    I know at age 15 I wasn't thinking about hydrolics
  9. wwf

    wwf Junior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 20

    yes you were and plowing too.....:eek: