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My Latest & Greatest Sidewalk Snow Machine

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by QuadPlower, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056


    Above is my latest and greatest sidewalk snow machine. It is a 1993 Suzuki Carry. It has a four stroke, liquid cooled, 660cc, 3 cylinder engine. 4x4 with axle lock, 4 speed manual trans, heater, A/C, radio, wipers, turn signals, brake & head lights. I have had it up to 90 on my street! (killometers) 58.5 mph. The steering wheel is on the right hand side, but that has not been an issue for me.

    I made the plow and winch mount. That is a Polaris V-Plow that I have re-welded all of the areas, that from experience, I know will crack and break. I added a rubber cutting edge to the bottom and snow deflectors to the top. It is 56" wide. When in V- it is 48". I have the winch control switch mounted to the shifter lever which makes it very easy to operate. I have pushed 8" of snow during this last storm and it didn't even know it was there. It had trouble with the 2' of wet packed snow on the over passes only because there was no place to push it. (that is why I have the Kubota with a 50" front mount blower)

    My quad is 48" wide. This is 52" wide outside to outside of the tires. There are around 5 areas where it if VERY tight to get through on my route. With the quad it use to take me 5.5 hours to do. Now with this, I am done in 4.5 hours. My route is 40 miles of driving and 5 miles with the plow on the ground. It has a 10 gallon gas tank and I think I average around 20mpg.

    I am 6'4", 240 lbs and I fit. I do have to leave the door open in order to turn the key to start it.

    I have a large strobe light on the top, Slow Moving Vehicle triangle on the back, and stickers with my logo, phone number, and web address made out of refelective vinyl that I have to put on today. When on the street I play it smart, keep it under the speed limit, and I have not had any trouble with the Police.

    Now if I can keep getting the 1 storm a week like we have been, I will be all set.


  2. yamaguy

    yamaguy Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    That's awsome! The best sidewalk machine around! I would like to have one, but there is no need right now. Are you going to set it up with the power angle like on your ATV?
  3. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Thanks yamaguy.

    It actually has an A/C compressor driven by a belt off of the crankshaft. I am considering (building in my head right now) either using that as the compressor to run the air operated system like I had on the quad, OR taking that off and mounting a clutch driven "centeral hydraulic" pump.

    The air system works really good and is cheap to build, but the cylinders aren't as strong as hydraulic ones. A hydraulic system would be nice, but the cost might out weigh the benifits. If I do a dump bed later, I would have to mount a electric/hydraulic pump anyway to run that.

    The winch up & down and manually changing the V works fine. One nice thing is that the battery & alternator is much larger than the quads and I have not had any problems with running out of power to operate the winch.
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Cool truck. My only worry is getting parts in a hurry when something breaks, cool little unit though!
  5. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Sweet little rig! How much did you pay for it, if you don't mind me asking. Looks good!
  6. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    It took 3 hours to find a chain for a Kubota blower. It takes a day or two to find parts for the quad. A lot of the parts come from NAPA. The place I bought it from has a bunch of extra parts. And I have a welder.

    I hear what you are saying though. I have back up equipment incase something fails.

    I gave $4,150 for the truck, $440 for the plow, $140 for the winch. Half the price of the Polaris quad & double the cost of my F-250.
  7. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Where do you buy mini trucks like that?
  8. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I got mine in Indiana, but if you do enough searching on the internet you can find someone close. Google "mini truck" The place I got mine had an add in the Auto Trader magizine.

    NEWLAWNS Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Hey there. Can you show me where you reinforced that plow with some pictures? I'm going to order one right now for our Grizzly. We'll weld it to our Moose push tube setup. That would be great for our needs.
  10. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Got parts?

    We have one too. We custom fabricated a plow and added a hydraulic cylinder to make the bed dump -works great for large mulch jobs. The problem is finding parts. Do you have any good connections? Also, we need a mechanic who can read the Japanese owner's manual!
  11. dunlaps lawncare

    dunlaps lawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    verry nice my cusin has one of them
  12. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    those little mini truck are the new thing around here, they are cheap and are sold everywhere, except pepboys. :D
    do they have a 4wd Low range also?
  13. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    Thats a nice little rig!
  14. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    That is the way to do it! Especially on a budget. I have seen a few of those things on here for sale as well from time to time.
  15. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Where the blade meets the V. )V( It is welded by the factory. I re-welded front AND rear. Go as far to the end as you can. I also welded where the adjustment pin goes in. This is only welded in a couple of spots. Also the tabs that hold the straight part to the piviot tube. Basicly everywhere they welded, you are going to want to re-weld. I also put triangle pieces of steel on the back side top and bottom.

    If you do any kind of distance, the replaceable wear bars will wear out. They are pricey to buy them. I just welded 1/4" x 3" x (54"/2) cold rolled steel bar to the replaceable bars on the quad. This one I used rubber cutting edge, held in place behind the plow with the replaceable wear bars. They had to be trimmed about 3/4" so the V would go to V all the way.

    I will snap pics when I can.

    Someone asked about LOW range. Mine has 2,4hi, neutural, 4 Low. Just like any other 4x4