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HI. from UK

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Tacr2man, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    Hi, and merry christmas to you all, I am based in England, not far from Oxford.
    It sbeen on the news here re the big snow that just hit the midwest, I am hoping that its a omen for a snowy winter here.
    I am just fitting up a plough to the front of my Land Rover Discovery V8 , its a UK made plow ( I think Ill use your spelling from now) I'll post some pics as soon as I get it fixed up.
    I have found the info on this site most informative :salute:
    One thing I noticed you dont seem to have castor wheels beind the blades to regulate the height why is this?
    all the best:waving:
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617


    to help with the weight when the plow is down or up between jobs?
    I was thinking it might be nice for when the plow is up.
  3. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    I believe the caster wheels was an option on certain Western plows back 10 years ago. I've never seen one used - probably not popular here. Does the Land Rover have frame rails?
  4. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Welcome to the Forum! It will be interesting to learn the differences in plow(plough)ing across the pond.

    I guess the first one is the caster wheels...Often we are plowing concrete or ashphalt and want to scrape as much snow off as possible. The entire weight of the plow is useful. But if you needed to plow gravel or grassy areas, you might want to regulate the height.

    You mentioned that you have a Land Rover, what are the other typical vehicles used for snow removal in the UK?

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    We use the edges of the blade to scrape the surface clean. Due to the colder temps the snow will adhere to the asphalt and friction is required to remove as much as possible. Less snow to melt equalls less salt used and less of a chance for a slip and fall. I know the Highlands of Scotland gets its fair share of snow but Oxford!! Had no clue.

  6. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    Its poly plow with rubber bottom edge which is spring loaded . It has hydraulic up/down and left /right controlled by a little joystick. The frame mounts to the end of the chassis frame, where the bumper bolts on. There are two long bars made of 2" square tube that go back under the front axle and bolt up to the chassis where the gearbox cross member bolts on. The plow mounts to the frame by three pins two at the bottom and one on the up/down ram at the top of the frame. Its made by Eagle Airfield Equipment, and was made for Min of Defence,
    The local councils usually use their genaeral works trucks with a 10ft angle plow .
    On the motorways(like freeways) They have a dedicated fleet of 6X4 trucks usually Foden(Paccar) 430hp with bulk salting bodies on the back. If the snow comes in bad, they rely on farmers, and contracters with tractor shovels etc. I had a wrecking firm about 15 years back and was on call to local council for snow clearance, using two of the wrecker trucks I had, one was a Bedford ex army 4x4 recovery weight about 9000lbs, with a 10ft angle plough. The other was Leyland Martian 6x6 weight 49000 lbs with straight 8 rolls royce engine, this had a V plow 9feet wide 6 feet to top of wings. The only trouble is the snow is very unpredictable, you might go two or three years without a decent fall. Hope that gives you a bit of insight . T2:cool:
  7. ppandr

    ppandr Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    Well there is your problem right there....Sorry couldn't help myself :jester: Maybe we could have a Jeep/Rover plow off...what do ya say plowmeister.
  8. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    Landrover Discovery with plow

    Hi, I have got my plow mounted on the discovery now so here are a couple of pics:eek:



  9. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Wow, it's essentially a Snoway! Looks like it might have some good down pressure
  10. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    well thats a sight you just don't see every day:D

    do those casters help you move the plow around when not hooked up to the truck? Since your running a rubber edge you need to set the height just like a pusherbox and its set of shoes. I assume you plow pavers and not just asphalt and that is why you run rubber and not a steel cutting edge.

    Welcome to the site.
  11. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Thanks for the pictures! Let us know if/when you get a storm and maybe get some pics then too!
  12. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Welcome To Plowsite>>>
  13. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239


    welcome from a former immigrant came to the big island in the late 1740'S from england /Scotland .look's like your ready to tear up some snow .
  14. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    The casters are to set the height for the rubber edge, and it has a trip out on the rubber edge as well, the reason for the rubber edge, and trip is it was designed for plowing runways, so it wont damage runway lighting, also on the highways we have ''catseyes'' down the centre, and on slip ramps , they are like little reflectors, down the centre they are white, on edges say curves they are red, and where you can turn off they are green, so they get upset if you plow them up:nono:
    I imported some hideaways,from USA and fitted them in the roof spots, and a couple of orange strobes facing the rear, with some of the idiots you have driving these days you need all the protection you can get:dizzy:
    We had rain yesterday evening which turned to snow in some higher places and then froze, there was flooding at one level then it was ice , caused quite a bit of traffic chaos
  15. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    That looks like a great set-up.
    I have been to England a few times and I just love it there. My Uncle used to own a Pub in London and my Aunt lives in Wales.
    Everything is so expensive there, I am not sure how people make it.
    Where in England are you?

    Good Luck with the plow.tymusic
  16. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    man i know this is plow site but that hedge of arbortivae looks so cool. The rover is also SWEET. I moved here from England 15 years back
  17. NCass31

    NCass31 Member
    Messages: 90

    Welcome to plowsite, I think the H2 and Escalade guys better watch out for this rover...
  18. DUMZ

    DUMZ Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    welcome to plowsite :salute:
  19. RipT

    RipT Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    One interesting aspect to that Poly plow is the minimal framework for the moldboard. I have a standard Western PolyPlow and it has much more steel behind the poly sheet. But if it works, it works!

    And for probably the seventh time, Welcome to the site !!
  20. Tacr2man

    Tacr2man Member
    from England
    Messages: 57

    I cant state categorically that it works as I havent used it yet:)crying:) however they were built for MOD (RAF) so would have been put thru evaluation test before a quantity was ordered ( I hope):dizzy: