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Plow LOCKS for the dishonest ..........

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by FisherVMan, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    I saw some plow locks this past weekend and then heard another bad story about some guys taking a plow off one truck parked in a Walmart parking lot and sliding it over to theirs parked right next to him while another guy followed him around in the store to make sure he wouldnt be coming out. They moved it sidewise over to their truck, drove into it with their plow front; and left with it! Ouch!!!
    I decided to build something to deter them somwhat, as I dont know that anything can really stop a professional.
    Anyway after some head scratching I wanted to build something that would lock the plow on; or off; the truck, so here is what we cam up with, and of course this is just a prototype............
    it locks it on the truck or sitting in the driveway so that you cannot pull the pins back at all ! The inside fork we had to mill out on the Bridgeport,the outside will not let the head of the pin move outwards?????

    Comments invited.................. :)
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
  2. highlander316

    highlander316 Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    i don't see a pic of the lock?
  3. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Thats why I prefer to live in the middle of nowhere :nod:
  4. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Not sure why Highlander??

    I have no idea why??? While I am reading your post I see it fine ??? Lets see if anyone else has trouble??? Send me an email at parkerguns at yahoo dot com and I will email ya one if you cant get it to show it ???:confused:
  5. c.schulz

    c.schulz Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    Sometimes the obvious is right in front of you.
    The lock looks good from what I can see. Can you take other shots at different angles??
    Sorry to hear about the guy having his plow stolen. I keep a good eye on mine and might be interested in a locking system. Would this work with a straight blade??

  6. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Plow locks

    These are made from 3/8 X 2 cold roll that I had here for making up staggered ice chiesel heads.................... I just stick welded this first one up .
    This lock will work with any FISHER Minute Mount TWO hook up.................. and would NOT work with anything else. I will weld up the next ones with MIG . Bottom line here is I really think it would stop the avg theif and if a pro has his eye on your plow he is coming back with torches and bolt cutters and 4 other guys and they will literally lift it onto the back of their truck and leave so I dont know how to stop them[actually I think my old 12ga pump with #4 buckshot would get their tires squeelin] but I think this would stop the unprofessional guys...............:dizzy:
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
  7. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Which does have its advantages, like maybe fewer thieves. The disadvantage is that there will also be less human activity to interrupt the thieves.

    That is one rugged-looking setup, FisherVMan. The "professional" thief might have more tools and accomplices, but unless he just absolutely has to have a particular plow, he's probably going to decide that trying to get that off of there is going to involve too much time, noise, and risk of getting caught.

    For a little different protection, with or without FVM's lockbox, try a MURS Alert™ Transmitter or two. (These probably won't work when the plow is on the truck, and the truck is away from home. Around the ol' ranch, they're great, especially for those of us who live kinda in the middle of nowhere.) Hang up one or two (or more) of the MATs where somebody would have to walk in front of it to get at the plow, turn up the volume on the base radio, and sleep soundly. :sleeping:

    Then if the thieves show up and start with the serious tools, you can lean out the window with the ol' 12 gauge. Maybe with some Dragon's Breath rounds, you might be able to follow the drizzly brown trail all the way to their hideout. Like the guy in the video says, "Not towards the cars, please."*

    *Note: I am not a lawyer, and the preceding paragraph does not constitute legal advice or an all-inclusive interpretation of proper use of firearms to thwart property crimes. Check your local and state laws before proceeding. And if you're pretty sure you can get away with it, then put The Fear in them thievin' bastiges. :salute:
  8. snoway63

    snoway63 Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    I just leave the blade in the up position when out at the stores cant steal it then
  9. bacwudzme

    bacwudzme Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    FisherVMan You seem to be quite crafty with all your gadgets:D
  10. highlander316

    highlander316 Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    it's there now. When I originally posted, it was a pic of the truck.
  11. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    "Quite Crafty"

    Well thanks for the compliment................ I have had some dam good mentors..........
    We have a small machine shop here and I am a gunsmith by trade [wanted to be a porno star but thats another story] and we actually do authentic restorations on early american firearms here during the winter months to include real bone and charcoal Casehardening, and Nitric Acid slow rust blueing, and Nitre blueing to reproduce the actual finishes that would have been on an early Winchester rifles or a Parker shotgun:) I am a commercial pilot and spent most of my life in Alaska and New Zealand flying "sports" around from Sporting Camps so you might say this aint our first "snow job".............:cool:
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
  12. bacwudzme

    bacwudzme Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    [wanted to be a porno star but thats another story]
  13. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    quick work with a wrench to bleed down the lift piston and your plow is gone.
  14. TJ Fed

    TJ Fed Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 48

    My plow always stays inside our shop and if I have to run into say walmart or a big store I always get in and out very very quickly. I hate thieves.
  15. sjosephlawncare

    sjosephlawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Thieves are thieves. They take anything they want. If its locked or not. The only thing locks do is ease you since of mind, and make the rookie thieves look for something else. Trust me. My sht was stolen two years ago. Locked, parked in my back yard, and stolen around 12:00 pm in the afternoon.
  16. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    x 2. A lock can be cut or picked. I locked my self out of my skid steer once on a weekend and had no spare key. Called a lock smith he picked it cost me $200. Bought a bunch of keys after that. Today the machine got stolen during the day.
  17. JeepCreepn01

    JeepCreepn01 Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 331

    you can only slow them down, if they are going to steal it they will get it
  18. flatlander42

    flatlander42 Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    a saying that I heard once is ......."Locks only keep honest people honest."

    A lot of people I know don't even lock their cars....they figure that if somebody wants in they'll get in. This way they don't break a window. It kinda makes sense, but I still lock my cars.
  19. wdcs1

    wdcs1 Member
    Messages: 74

    good thinking. Did you try putting the lock on the jack leg.
  20. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn Senior Member
    Messages: 728

    A ford dealer in my area welds a 3/8 chain in a loop from the trucks frame or tow eye around the frame of the plow to any of there trucks on the lot with plows and only cut it off with a torch when they sell the truck