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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by torence20, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. torence20

    torence20 Junior Member
    from dixon
    Messages: 14

    when a plow is on the ground does the a frame have to be level or can it be at an angle? if its perfectly level i think the rear of it will hit the ground everytime i hit a bump while its up
  2. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    The A frame needs to be perfectly level.
  3. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Mine isn't perfectly level, and I've had no issues plowing whatsoever. It's not out by much, but still not level.
  4. torence20

    torence20 Junior Member
    from dixon
    Messages: 14

    thanks guys
  5. Mems

    Mems Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 202

    Yeah, it doesnt need to be level. You have to be careful that you're not pushing over the top of the plow if it were to hit something or driving the cutting edge into the ground unnecessarily. Think about when you're using a shovel and scraping hard on the ground. Too much upward angle and the shovel digs into the ground, to much downward angle and you lose all your gathering abilities.

    Your cutting edge allows you to be a little bit off but logically speaking pressing forward directly in the middle of the plow with your A-frame does afford the best efficiency of both the blade and the truck pushing it.
  6. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Took it out today...

    It's not level, but only a few degrees off, I'd say..

  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Short answer; Yes it needs to be level.

    long answer; It's basic middle school geometry, very degree off level further decreases your efficiency. When you angle if the a frame isn't level, the forward corner will hit the ground before the rest of the edge. Every blade that has an A frame above level will have a "smiley face" the outside edges of the wear edge will be worn more then the center. Raise the truck end to the Aframe and the blade trips much easier, more often and you change the designed attack edge of the blade.