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Old Diamond Plows

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by wolfie, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. wolfie

    wolfie Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    A long time ago there was a thread about the old diamond V-Plows and i promised to send pictures of the brochure i had when I found it... well I found it so you can see it here: http://www.wolvesdare.com/diamond
  2. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    Nice old brochure. I like how it "Doglegs" to the left and to the right. It would be nice to pick up one of those plows when they pop up on ebay to slap on an old chevy C20.

  3. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Nice brochure.I wonder what the controls were like.
  4. wolfie

    wolfie Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    I can't remember what the cotrols were like... a joystick I believe.. when I first saw that plow at a fair I knew it was a great idea. I wonder why it took so long for the V-Plow to catch on?
  5. hyperpack

    hyperpack Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    Diamond in the rough

    My buddy has one of these plows, It has an electric pump and solenoid valves with 3 toggle switches for the control.
    He wants to sell it, I am not sure what to do with a Dinosaur.
    When were these plows made?
  6. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    That plow in "DogLegs" position looks interesting to me. It does look like an useful blade position for tight turn without spilling snow all over to the side too much. But I would image that the downside would be that it would put extremely amount of stress on the plow center pivot since it is extended so far away. Gotta be careful when swinging wide open as you back-up. :eek:

    Otherwise it looks like a decent plow.
  7. meyer22288

    meyer22288 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    I like that old diamond plow. i always find it interesting how v plows looked in the old days compared to how they look today
    nice brochure:)
  8. snowjoker

    snowjoker Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    I bet they were built to last too. Looks very durable never seen one up close though.
  9. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    hyperpack, I'd put the truck in the picture as a '73 -'75, I'd bet Chuck would know for sure.

    I wonder why they dropped production?
  10. Jerre Heyer

    Jerre Heyer Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    I've seen them in full hydraulic with 3 valves on the dash or floor. I think I still have one of them at the shop. Makes me want to look and take a pict. The electro packs were also avail.
    I didn't wait for the whole pict to drop down but have that literature on file. It's interesting the change in the front end weight for each position. V being the least, Straight, and then scoop. This relation holds true today.

    IMO Diamond was the best of the blades for straight forward rugged construction. I prefer the older style ( pre Meyer takeover ) units. If you look closely at the old units and a Fisher MM2 you'll see alot of similarities. Fisher finally started to double pivot the blade like Diamond did for years.

    I will have to take a ride to see if the one at the County air port was a Diamond or a Western of the same era that was prototyped. The municipal style of the wings made the unit really throw the snow up and out. Saw these used in '78, '79 and '80 storms but haven't seen one complete and working since.

    When I first started repairing plows I got a truck frame in on trade and they kept the V for a piece of equipment. Got the valve unit from an auction with the pump and head gear ( lift frame )

  11. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    We always used Diamonds blades just for the double pivot feature.They were pretty stout.The Fishers would eventually break the a-frame right at the pivot.