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If you can't buy it, Build It

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by snow_samurai, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. snow_samurai

    snow_samurai Member
    Messages: 55


    Here are the first pictures of my home made plow:bluebounc
    6 ft wide by 24 in high
    Manual angle to both left and right
    Snow Bear trip springs
    2000lb winch to lift it up

    The mounting frame was the hardest thing to make, cause the is not a whole lot of room in the front of the Samurai. I ended up going half way towards the the rear to get a mounting location.

    Side view small.jpg

    rear mount small.jpg

    Waiting for the first snow small.jpg
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2006
  2. SNOWMAN0420

    SNOWMAN0420 Member
    Messages: 43

    thats crazy do u have any more pics
  3. JET enterprises

    JET enterprises Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    thats looks pretty cool.. how long did it take you to make it?
  4. danny17

    danny17 Member
    Messages: 34

    Nice job! Tell us how it works out for you.
  5. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    You have to get out to angle it?

    MOW ME OVER Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    That looks like a very manuverable plowing rig there. And I like that cute little exhaust pipe. :)
  7. snow_samurai

    snow_samurai Member
    Messages: 55


    SNOWMAN0420 - I don't have any more of the plow just some more of me "working":) . If there is something that you are looking in detail just let me know and I'll snap it for you.

    Jet enterprises - About 3 weeks off and on, it was my first major metal project. I'm pretty handy so it was not a real hard thing to do

    Danny17 - I have used in in to snow falls so far and it sure beats shovelinging my drive way by hand.

    Antnee77 - Correct

    Mow Me Over - I know, I know it is on my list of things to do, I just got this Samuari put back together after 4 years of sitting in my garage with a busted connecting rod. I bought a Motorcycle this(2005) year and had to make more room in the Garage. The plan is for a 2" to carry away the exhaust from the "massive 1.3L:)
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2006
  8. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Looks great. Manual is better than a shovel!
  9. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Hey thats pretty cool. Id like to see how well it works. Mine works better than I thought it would. Looks like the same winch as mine, did you wire the controller inside the cab?
  10. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    May I suggest a small roller for your winch cable to glide on? Less friction and wear on cable and bumper. JM2C
  11. snow_samurai

    snow_samurai Member
    Messages: 55

    Wagonman76 - that's right, bought aset of boosted cables to use as an extension to get the controller into the cab. It is working really well, I am a bit light in the back end, am working on a heavy skid plate for my fuel tank which should help. Also the guys at my work joking said "all you need now is a sander":salute: Guess I know what my nest project is going to be. Any Ideas on how to do one?????

    Repo man 22 - Yes I have started to notice a bit of wear and am looking to buy/fab a roller
  12. mmwb

    mmwb Senior Member
    from wyoming
    Messages: 114

    "am looking to buy/fab a roller"

    Couple of bushings over some round stock...
  13. tessdad

    tessdad Member
    from S.E. MA
    Messages: 71

    About the roller, It looks like if you turned the winch 180 degrees, so the motor was on the drivers side, the cable would pull from the top of the drum, and not the bottom. From the pictures you posted it looks like that change might keep the cable from rubbing.
    It looks like a great job!! As as with any "one of a kind" project, it will always be a work in progress. You will notice how this or that modification will better suit you.
  14. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    If it is indeed the same winch as mine, then the instructions say to only let the cable pay out at the bottom, not the top. Reason being that it has a spring loaded plate at the bottom which keeps the slack end from going every which way. I mounted my winch on a vertical plate, and the cable goes straight down to where it attaches to the plow, which means no force is wasted in pulling horizontally.

    On mine I just cut the wires at the controller and patched in some heavy gauge wire from the hardware store, and ran the wiring through the firewall. Do you have the large pushbutton controller with 2 big round buttons?

    I dont have any weight balance problems, but Ive got a long wheelbase and wagon back end which adds weight.

    Hmm not sure how to do a sander, Ive thought about it but I almost never need to sand or salt. Seems to me one could rig up an engine (to throw the sand) and gearcase (to drive a feed screw) from an old small snowblower, and then build a hopper. But I have no first hand experience with a real sander so I dont know.