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Question about cutting edges.

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by watchamakalit, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. watchamakalit

    watchamakalit Member
    Messages: 65

    Are they made from any thing special? Or can I just get the proper size steel and drill the mounting holes and bolt it up? If it makes a diff. I have a meyer ST90 7.5'
  2. Midnight

    Midnight Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I just use 6 x 1/2 cold roll and it works fine.
  3. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I've bought them at Parts Plus before, cheap enough for me when you figure in how long it takes to drill holes through 1/2 inch stock.
  4. JTW

    JTW Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    I made one last week for the 10' blade on the 6 wheeler. Used 3/4x6 cold roll and it took me about 30 minutes to drill the 12 3/4" holes in it. Of course I also work in a machine shop part time ;)
  5. Acmemechanic

    Acmemechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    I ve been fabricating my own for years and let me say about a $100.00 saved is just like earning it.payup payup
  6. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Well, how much is 8 feet of cold roll? I was figuring on my time with a 1/2 electric drill and a couple bits, versus I think it was around $70 last time I bought one. Is a cutting edge actually cold rolled steel, or is it a little harder? Best idea I ever heard was a buddy of mine put a carbide edge on with a steel one over it. That way the steel kept the carbide from cracking or shattering, at the same time the carbide kept the steel from wearing down fast.
  7. watchamakalit

    watchamakalit Member
    Messages: 65

    Thanks for the input guys.:drinkup:
  8. Mowerpan

    Mowerpan Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    I went to the local scrap yard and got a 5x 3/8 inch thick piece of steel. Torch it to 7 feet, and had my friend drill holes with drill press. He said the steel musta been hardened or something as it bound up there Huge drill press and he had to sharper the bit after every hole and the bandsaw even leaving it go for an hour barely scratched it so he had to torch it. Total cost of mine=14 for piece of steel with a lil rust on it, and 4 bucks as i bought my friend a meal as a thanks. For less then 20 bucks i was happy:p
  9. ta3834bbl

    ta3834bbl Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    I was going to make my own at work as I have 3/8" and 1/2" hardened steel, but those square carriage bolt holes made me think otherwise. At work I have access to a 12 foot shear and other large machine tools but for $93 bucks for a 8' x 6" x 1/2" cutting blade that will bolt right up in 10 minutes, CPW was an easy decision for me. Not to mention CPW is about 1 hour away from me and only about 15 minutes from where I work.
  10. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    There is definite difference in hardness in a "real" cutting blade. I had to drill 1/2" holes and went through numerous, different size, "new" drill bits,to complete the job.
  11. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    you dont want the hardest steel you can find, cutting edges are made of high carbon steel

    considering how long a cutting edge costs- unless you have a fleet of trucks I would just spend the $65-$100 or so on one and call it a day

    maybe if your getting the steel for nothing and you dont value your time I guess it pays to make your own.
  12. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    i would have to say that if i spent 150 for a cutting edge,that i know will last a few winters vs $75 for 6x1/2 flat stock that in about two storms will be about 4 inches.. its a no brainer!!!!!!
  13. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    So what's your time worth then? If it costs you 3 hours to cut and drill it, and the steel stock was free you paid yourself $33/hour. Now figure the standard cost of steel to buy the stock at about, what, $65 for a 6x10x5/8 and you spent more in time than the edge cost to buy.

    If you have a cheap source of stock and the shop, and the desire to constantly resharpen drill bits (even hss will dull a 3/4 bit pretty fast) have fun- I'll buy mine It's $100 well spent IMO
  14. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    dont forget a new cutting edge includes the new carriage bolts,washers and nuts:salute:
  15. Mowerpan

    Mowerpan Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    Sorry guys but I can't see paying around 100 bucks for a cutting edge.
    Lets see:
    10x3/8x6 inch piece of steel with a light coat of rust=14.00
    Buying lunch for the friend who drill holes with drill press during school=5 bucks
    Total cost-19 bucks.
    Tell me where I can get a cutting edge for that price, then I just used bolts that were round, no need for the square head ones.
  16. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    who is cutting that steel for you?
    I guess the friend with the drill press doesnt pay for his drill bits either?

    BTW- its $100 with shipping to your door, it retails for $65
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2005
  17. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    14.00 dollars for a 10ft piece of carbon steel goes for alot more than that !
  18. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    I ordered my new edge from Mill supply while sitting in my warm house in my sweat pants, came like 3 days later, new bolts, even gave me a free quart of hydrolic oil with my order.

    raised the plow up a few inches, zipped the old nuts off with the impact gun and put the new edge on, all in all it was about a 10 minute job with cleaning the rust on the plow when I got the old one off.

    Bolts lined up with the old holes, fit perfect

    well worth the $65 plus $25 shipping anyday versus asking people to drill and cut it for me, driving here to get the steel, there to get it drilled, another store to get the bolts, somewhere else to install it, etc...

    penny wise nickle foolish
  19. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,362

    What about cutting edges with curb guards??? :dizzy:
  20. Rondo

    Rondo Member
    from 54166
    Messages: 52

    A different kind of cutting edge

    I just saw a cutting edge made of rubber 6x1-1/2" thick. You can buy them from Angelos Supply. They have plastic ones also!!?? Has anyone ever tryed one of those?:confused: