Mini Skid plow upgrade

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Daley Construction, Feb 11, 2020 at 12:58 PM.

  1. Daley Construction

    Daley Construction Member
    from Airdrie
    Messages: 39

    Hey Guys,

    I currently plow with my Mini skid and a 50” blade that at full angle gives me 48” for sidewalks.

    I picked up a free Polaris 60” blade and I am trying to figure the best way to make wings. I was thinking of splitting the new blade in half and then bolting it to the back side of my blade on each side to give me some extra width but the option to take them off for sidewalks.

    Does this sound crazy?
    Current plow
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    New blade
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    Would a bolt through the bottom flange and than another two at the outer edge of the current plow be enough(one in the flange and one at the top
     
  2. cjames808

    cjames808 Senior Member
    from SE WI
    Messages: 609

    Nice. Maybe sliding/slide out wings?

    Oof the back woodnt be as strong as the front.
     
  3. OP
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    Daley Construction

    Daley Construction Member
    from Airdrie
    Messages: 39

    I think sliding might outside my fab abilities.

    In front might be easier to since the new blade is a little shorter. Although if I go behind I might be able to add a pivot and make it a containment too

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  4. OP
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    Daley Construction

    Daley Construction Member
    from Airdrie
    Messages: 39

    Any additional thoughts before I start cutting this blade apart?
     
  5. EWSplow

    EWSplow PlowSite Fanatic
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    Maybe cut it apart and make wings similar to truck plow wings that could be removed for narrower walks, etc..
    If the wings are angled in, like most truck plows, you can contain more snow as well.
     
  6. cjames808

    cjames808 Senior Member
    from SE WI
    Messages: 609

    Google diy plow wings for some ideas.
     
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  7. OP
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    Daley Construction

    Daley Construction Member
    from Airdrie
    Messages: 39

    So I started messing around with the wings today. Split the plow in half and then removed some of the blade up to the support so I could keep the flange on the bottom.

    initial setup is straight but I might make them angle in a bit. I would prefer a full metal edge and if I angle them I would have to add a rubber edge so the blade and still trip

    As they sit they add 2ft each side for a total of 7’. Probably way to big
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  8. EWSplow

    EWSplow PlowSite Fanatic
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    7' is too wide. For one thing, it probably won't scrape properly.
    If you look at plow wings angled in, the side that fits into the plow would have to be curved to fit the curvature of the existing blade. You should be able to scribe it to fit.
    Play around with some luan underlayment to make a pattern 1st.
     
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  9. OP
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    Daley Construction

    Daley Construction Member
    from Airdrie
    Messages: 39

    If I do make then angle it would do both straight and angle with so I would add some conveyor belt to let the joint flex
     
  10. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth PlowSite.com Addict
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    I ththink you might want to use some square tube on the back side of your blade. You could use tube that fits inside those tubes on the wings to slide them on/off and pin them on
     
  11. OP
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    Daley Construction

    Daley Construction Member
    from Airdrie
    Messages: 39

    I might need to add some. Problem I have is welding it to the blade. I only have a stick welder and haven’t had much success welding thinner material.
     
  12. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,586

    Might be a job for your local welder. Might put some angle pieces top and bottom of the tube to join them tube to the blade.
    I'm much better with my arc welder then my wire one. Get some thick wall tube, and angle, if you do attempt to do it yourself. Always spark and start your weld on the thicker piece and pool out to the thinner piece. Go slow and let it cool often.
     
  13. OP
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    Daley Construction

    Daley Construction Member
    from Airdrie
    Messages: 39

    Did some more work the wings today

    Going to keep them straight for now.
    They come of and can be stored on the back of the blade in 45seconds each.

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  14. EWSplow

    EWSplow PlowSite Fanatic
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    So, they're removable?
    Maybe, have a couple pieces of square tube on the existing plow and smaller tube on the wings that could slide into them to keep it from folding back .
    I'd do it on top and just above the cutting edge.
     
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  15. cjames808

    cjames808 Senior Member
    from SE WI
    Messages: 609

    Eggzactly. 1/2 way there.
     
  16. OP
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    Daley Construction

    Daley Construction Member
    from Airdrie
    Messages: 39

    You don’t think that the factor angle on the back of the wing that extend into the blade 6” with two bolts would be enough to keep them from folding back.

    I pushed a little snow in my alley with them and the worked well.
     
  17. EWSplow

    EWSplow PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,845

    They're lapped by 6"?
    I think I'd opt for something a little more rigid. I'd also go as far as the 2 vertical framing members on the plow. You also need something to hold them in.
    If you're using angle, weld a piece of angle or something on the frames to hold them for back blading.