We use farmer lodgic, when in doubt...get a bigger hammer!! I actualy wouldnt worry about bracing the sides. Its better to have the side bend alittle rather than an arm on the loader, Bhoe, or Ssteer break or bend from an impact. Bending a side back is "relativly easy" and can be done multiple times, if its a real bad one that affects the pusher, then a couple grand and youve got a new box (or if your like us, you have 8 boxes & 2 loaders, so theres more than enough backups), compare that to a very costly fix if the arms get messed up. Its kind of like trip spriings on a plow, I knew a guy who hated them and actualy took them off and rigged the plow so it wouldnt trip, needless to say he tore the plow right off the truck a couple times after that.toyman;460250 said:Ok so the side on my 10' pusher is bent in just a little. What do you guys do to straighten them back out, also any good ideas to brace the sides. I see on the Pro Tech website the new pushers have huge braces on the ends.
Best hammers out there are the ones that cost over a 100k!!payuppayupwesportwesportMike S;519610 said:We just fixed a pusher with bent sides with a D3 and a 320 Track hoe. It was funny! Are other choice was a D6 and a D3. It was a last minute deal and it was a homemade pusher. It is not to out of wack now. The guy that built it forgot to put braces on the wing to the blade so it was not a big deal but funny a $250,000 hammer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark, who is it that you use over there to make your shoes, I'm only an hour away. In fact I have to go to Grandville to get ProTech shoes anyway! Please share the number with me.Mark Oomkes;461266 said:As for the shoes, we have our local fabricator make up new ones, much cheaper than ProTech's. Unfortunately, he's a little anal and won't tell me what steel he uses. Not like I'm going to start making them myself, he does almost all my work.
Ebling & Sons Blacksmithtoyman;563639 said:Mark, who is it that you use over there to make your shoes, I'm only an hour away. In fact I have to go to Grandville to get ProTech shoes anyway! Please share the number with me.
I don't know how or where your box is bent at...... but here is what I did to my 8'2" boss this last weekend. Well, first off the right wing was tweeked pretty bad and I'm guessing it's from somebody blasting a curb, which in turn cracked the brace on the rear outer edge that supports the radius of the plow, which in turn was wearing the cutting edge out to almost a curve. So I took the the cutting edge off and hogged out a couple of the holes that hold on the cutting edge and screwed in a couple of 3/4" eyelets, using a grade 80 trucking chain and a couple of chain binders, pulled the plow up to a solid object and hooked the chain through one eyelet at a time and pulled and pulled until the blade was straight again. Then I welded in a new brace and releaced the chain binders and installed new cutting edges. And I did use a BFH.toyman;460250 said:Ok so the side on my 10' pusher is bent in just a little. What do you guys do to straighten them back out, also any good ideas to brace the sides. I see on the Pro Tech website the new pushers have huge braces on the ends.
the entended shoes are not all that they're hyped up to be.toyman;461260 said:I understand what you're saying about bending the arms, but I hardly hit the curb. I guess I will try bending it back this season and rework the useless brace that they put on in the spring/summer. I like the way brace looks on the new scrapers, it can easily be fabricated and the blade needs a coat of paint anyway.
The main reason for wanting it straightened (to me) is the shoes on it are not running true anymore. I just put them on this year and went with the superduty ones, those are not cheap.
Has anyone ever run the extra long shoes, do they work better? It looks like the box would level out easier.