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pushing snow with an Ebling?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by excav8ter, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    Hey all, I have had the chance to use my new Ebling this week due to some nice L.E.S here, one place I take care of is a pretty nice sized subdivision with a bunch of driveways and roads. I also used it to plow my church, hoping it will cut down my time there. At the subdivision the snow was lighter and fluffier because the ground seems to be more frozen. At the church and a factory that i do, the snow was much heavier, in some place it was slushy. Now my question .....do you guys use your Eblings (or swing wing) to push snow? If I pull the snow as the blade is intended, by the time got to the end of the lot i had a huge pile of snowcrete that i needed to use my v-blade to try and bust it up. Then I tried taking a few passes with my VXT in the scoop position and then turned around and pushed with my Ebling .....it worked great! But I'm curious of weather or not it is safe to do so? I can imagine in light snow, like we normally get it would be fine. What do you guys think?

  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I think it would be ok with powder/light snow and doing it gently. I would slam into any piles or stack with it.
  3. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    You'll be fine........until you hit something.
  4. Landgreen

    Landgreen Member
    Messages: 92

    The blade is engineered to pull. I would not push with it. Lots of diiferent forces that may tweak or break the blade or worse yet your truck.

    Though I always wondered what it would be like to have one on the front of the truck. Big pusher for sure.
  5. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I know it's not designed to push. I guess i was just curious as to whether anyone did use it to push and how it held up. I am the only one that will use it, and will probably use it as it it intended. But knowing that it can be used in reverse would be nice.

    Thank you.
  6. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    i had a huge pile of "Snocrete"

    Ya, Snocrete can be a PITA!!:laughing:

    Just raise it off the ground slightly to push with it.
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Ebling does not recommend pushing backward but many people do , just use your head. It saves a lot of time instead of turning around.
  8. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I'm suprised Ebling hasn't put a reverse trip edge on there pull plows with the extendable wings. Because the wings are independent of the main edge, they could trip all three edges seperately when the user pushes with the plow instead of pulling. As in the edge tripping towards the rear of the truck/tractor.

    EDIT: As I looked at the Ebling it looks all connected at the bottom of the wing edges and the main edge. Guess it wouldn't be as easy as I thought.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012
  9. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    No, 3 individual cutting edges.
  10. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Yea, but it doesn't look as though they would trip without impingement( is that a word :dizzy: ) I can't see how it all works clearly enough, sorry.
  11. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    I want one bad, i've never seen one down here in C-Bus

    Whats the price tag on one???
  12. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    One thing I try to not do with mine is back over the pile to much. "Packed Snocrete" isn't fun to deal with.

    I try to circle plow with mine as much as possible, or keep the pulls short so I am not backing over a mountain.

    I do get lazy and push with mine sometimes, but only in fluffy snow.

  13. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    I hope we get some "normal" snow around here this year....with all the warm temps we are having it may be a crappy year of plowing heavy wet snocrete.

    The few pushes I made with my 14' Ebling REALLY cut down on the time I spent in that lot. I am thinking that if I don't put much down pressure on it, and don't let it twist when I raise it, and not use it to stack snow, I will probably not hurt it. But I am going to try and NOT make a habit of pushing with it.
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    There is no trip and the cutting edge is totally straight so the edge isn't the problem. The wings are actually less vulnerable going backward as there are relief valves going the other way instead of when your wings are fully extended going forward all you have is a shear bolt. The problem I see with going backwards is the lift linkage would have more of more down force and be less able to ride over something because of the geometry. I'm really just thinking out loud here not sure if what I think is entirely true.
  15. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    F u :salute:

    easier said than done.

    I totally see where your going with that, and would agree.
  16. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 695

    ~60 minute drive and you can see mine. Bring cash and I can get you set up with one if you like what you see.
  17. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I was talking about having the cutting edges trip when pushing backwards, not the whole wing.
  18. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747


    nicely done WIPensFan!
  19. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Keep thinking, this time it's working.
  20. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    He dosent need encouragement Steve.:gunsfiring: