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The little plow is still going, started 6th season today

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by wagonman76, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Snow finally. About 8 inches or so of fairly packy snow. First plow of the season.

    Done at the far end, starting a good push area for the seaon
    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/wagonman76/Plowing 12-06-09/?action=view&current=Done1.jpg

    Done by the house, parking area
    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/wagonman76/Plowing 12-06-09/?action=view&current=Done2.jpg

    The plow wagon
    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/wagonman76/Plowing 12-06-09/?action=view&current=Plow1.jpg

    Didn't get any pics last season, but it did pretty well as usual for what I use it for, which is for my own driveway.

    At the start of last season I had a fuel leak somewhere either at the tank or sender lines, so I came up with a quick and dirty fix. I made a homemade fuel cell out of a 2 gallon gas can, fuel pump and filter, steel plate, and some conduit fittings. I strapped the gas can to the radiator support with metal strapping. I spliced the lines into the existing lines under the hood. I tied the fuel pump wiring into the fuel pump relay that is right behind the the passenger side headlight. It's fine since the car never goes on the road anymore anyway. Worked great all last season and is still working great.

    I started out without chains and plowed for years that way and it plowed just fine, but a couple years ago I found some at the Salvation Army for something like $4. They let me cut through the big snowbanks at the end of the driveway with one push, but I had a lot of problems last season with them falling off. So finally I ditched them for this season. Still plows just fine and much less hassle.

    Looking forward to another good plowing season. I love my little plow.
  2. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Neet little rig. It's a pretty good idea for plowing your own drive way IMO. The only thing is that it sits so low it must be realy easy to get it stuck.
  3. LEVE

    LEVE Member
    Messages: 79

    I've really enjoyed watching your plow work over the years. Keep up the good work. It's been a lot of fun watching a completely DIY plow do the job.
  4. TerrForms

    TerrForms Member
    Messages: 80

    The continuing episodes of Wagonman! I think it's great! Keep it comming. More vids please.
  5. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Thanks guys.

    It does sit pretty low to the ground, but rarely gets stuck. I put on almost 200k road miles before retiring it to the driveway, and it was amazing in the snow. About 7k of those miles with the plow too so it is roadworthy. I've only been stuck about once per season. Once I got stuck when pushing banks back during a thaw, I drove up on one and the bottom gave out. Other than that, it's only when shaving this one bank back that is 3 feet high and if I take too big of a chunk the whole side of the car gets wedged against it.
  6. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Snow is still piling up in northern Michigan. Pushed about 8" last night and about 8" tonight. Have gotten about 2 feet so far. A week ago it was nice out, no snow, and I walked to the gas station for lunch.

    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/wagonman76/Plowing 12-06-09/?action=view&current=1210End.jpg

    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/wagonman76/Plowing 12-06-09/?action=view&current=1210Bank.jpg

    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/wagonman76/Plowing 12-06-09/?action=view&current=1210Area.jpg
  7. sublime68charge

    sublime68charge PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,090

    Glad the Wagon is taking on another Year of Old man Winter.

    for your chains a trick I due on my ATV tires is to let all the air out of the tire and then put the chain on as tight as I can get it and then air the tire back up and haven't had problems with them when trying that approach.

    Just an Idea for you also just popped in my head. put the chain on and then run a ratchet strap around the tread of the tire and then tighten up the ratchet strap with the tire flat to suck in the tread some more to get the tire chain tighter. I have no idea if this would work or not and if it would be better to run the strap on the tire first then add the chain or put the chain on then add the strap to tighten it down. I would think running the strap on the tire first get it tightend up which should pull the tire in and make it smaller. You'd need a strap that has an end with no hook so you can pull it out from under the tire chain.

    just thinking out load.

    but like ya said you plowed for years with out the chains and done fine.

    sublime out.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2009