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How to break in a new edge?

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by shep28, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. shep28

    shep28 Member
    Messages: 84

    How do you break in a new cutting edge?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    On your 1st night out plowing will wear it in fast.
  3. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 944

    Go plow!!!!!!!!
  4. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,353

    Step 1: Make sure new cutting edge is mounted securely to plow
    Step 2: Take truck out of garage and find a safe place to drop the blade where you wont hit any other vehicles, pedestrians or obstacles
    Step 3: Drop the blade onto the road and drive back and forth until the paint is worn off the bottom edge

    Seriously now, there is no special break in procedure for a cutting edge. Just find some snow and push it. The road will do the rest. I have been breaking mine in for three years now.
  5. shep28

    shep28 Member
    Messages: 84

    My old edge started to wear in the middle- looked like a slight frown. Had it on the truck for three years. The new edge was freaking loud and chattered when I hit my drive tonight after the install, which was a pain. Just wanted to make sure this was normal. Had to cut off the old bolts with a grinder in 22 degree garage after breaking two sockets and an adapter trying to break the map gas heated bolts. Storm bearing down on northeast Ohio tonight. 8-12 inches.
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    find a nice smooth asphalt road.
    raise the shoes
    speed up to 30-40mph
    drop the plow.

    go 1/4 mile
    stop raise plow
    take a look is the squareness worn off to a edge yet
    yes, your done
    no, repeat,
  7. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,353

    If your old edge wore unevenly u need to check your a-frame to see that it is parallel with the ground. U didn't say if it's uni or ultra but either way if the a-frame is not straight it will wear the outside faster than the center. V-plows r even more sensitive and will wear both wings edges round.
  8. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    Sounds like it might be time to buy some better tools. A good tool will break a heated bolt before it breaks itself.