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My new Caterpillar plow!

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by BowTieDmax, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. BowTieDmax

    BowTieDmax Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    Well its a Blizzard 8611 in differant colors! LOL

    Well we have about 2 months in this. The a-frame is all 1/2" angle & plate, I'm sure it weighs more than the plow. But I know it wont break or twist. The angle cylinders were rebuilt and rechromed with a chrome thats made for salt water. The controls are off the cat joy sticks. Its been sanblasted and painted with a 2 part poxy. The when we got it back we put a couple more coats of cat yellow and black on it. Today we are gonna replace the 4 wing hoses with some new ones that have some 45deg bends coming off of the cylindes so they point up a little off of the a-frame. And Im having a piece of stainless cut to cover the a-frame. We also need a piece of flat steel to hold the deflector on. And yes the deflector is mostly for looks. Because at 10mph snow isnt really coming over the plow! lol.
    And new tracks are coming from santa this year ! !



    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014
  2. SDP Hauling

    SDP Hauling Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    nicely done
  3. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    That is a thing of beauty!
  4. schmol

    schmol Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    WOW! that looks amazing:nod: I really like the way you built the whole A-Frame up to handle the pushing force, the best i've seen bar none.Color matching the plow really makes a professional looking setup. You should put on some blade markers IMO.
  5. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    That is really nice!
  6. skidooer

    skidooer Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    very nice setup looks great. How do you like the tracked machine in the snow, can you compare to a wheeled machine?
  7. Potomac Lawns

    Potomac Lawns Member
    Messages: 91

    Looks good
  8. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    I KNOW your'e going to put the Caterpillar Logo Decal across the blade!?!?? Right?....

  9. Elite Property Services

    Elite Property Services Senior Member
    Messages: 230

    Very nice looks great
  10. BMB Plowing

    BMB Plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    very nicely done, that plow looks like it can push a lot of snow!
    But how do the tracks handle in the snow? I've heard horror stories about plowing in tracked machines.
  11. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    That looks great. I realy like how you painted it CAT yellow and black.
  12. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 477

    That looks sweet! Kinda looks like a blizzard
  13. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    That's becouse it is a Blizzard. He said it was.
  14. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    That looks great!
  15. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Wow! That's awesome!

    I was thinking of putting an 8611 on our 257B but dont know if it would handle it or not.

    How did you manage to run the wings off the Cat controller?

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    Cat/ASV tracks work great in the snow, my 247 will out push my 252.
  17. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Now that's a sweet looking machine! Very nicely done!
  18. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    Beautiful work.
    Doing it right the first time will give you many years of reliable service....
  19. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    That is a sweet plow and set up.
  20. BowTieDmax

    BowTieDmax Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    Thanks everyone, I'm a firm believer in doing it right the first time. So I tried on this and time will tell. Atleast if it breaks its not because I cut any corners. This machine has probably the biggest work load. We have been using a 10ft push box but it just didnt work fast enough. You kinda loose the big advantage of plowing in both directions because his return push would be a trail off clean up. We really needed to angle because it pushes some big lenghts at a couple of the propertys.
    As for tracks over wheels? Tracks hands down (cat/asv). There is no comparison! I used to rent a wheeled 262 and I was always disappoined in it and almost gave up on using skid steers. Then I bought the tracked machine and I couldnt be happier. Im really gonna try hard to by another machine. There is so many unseen advantages to the tracks. You can push out into the grass without doing damage. You can stack snow ( i mean ramp up the pile and push off the edge) this does take skill and the right snow but it has amazed my clients and left no lost parking areas.
    As for the controls? Ive got 4 pins with power. So the left and right angle are the 2 buttons on the left joy stick. The left trigger (2 speed) is the wings out. And a aux 8 rocker switch brings the wings in. I had a plan to seperate the wings but we figure he will be scooped most of the time unless going down the road. If we find we need it differant we will change it later.
    Well gotta go do some more work on the equipment and stake some more propertys.
    Thanks again for the kind words!
    Oh yeah, cat stickers are coming!!