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turn your plow into a forklift and more

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by pegleg, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. pegleg

    pegleg Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I have created a product that will allow anyone to convert there snowplow into a forklift, rake , loader and many other pieces of equipment.. This is done by removing the plow blade and installing a 3 point hitch in the same way the blade is removed.
    This product is patented . If enough people think this is a good idea I will have them manufactured and make them available. The cost is expected to be around $300 dollars.. The address below is a video of this hitch being used in 4 different ways.. Please watch the video and tell me if I should risk investing a large amount of money to have them manufactured.
    I made this for myself and when people see what it does they ask where to get one and how much is it.

  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    The pallet forks looked okay but how do you dump the dirt scoop? And your truck was taking a beating while using that box blade :dizzy:

    You definitely get an A for effort...
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I agree you get an A for effort but I see a very limited market for it.
    I tried something like that with a Western blade a few years ago for moving boat lifts and it worked but the weight is way too far out in front of the truck and kills the front end.
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    way to much time on your hands:dizzy:
  5. pegleg

    pegleg Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    There is a trigger on the dirt scoop to dump the load. thanks for your opinion
  6. pegleg

    pegleg Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I dont want to lose alot of money so thank you.
    I think anyone who owns a plow could use there equipment the whole year.
    There are hundreds of different implements that will fit in this hitch. I have a tractor but for small jobs Ifind it faster and easier using my truck. Thank you
  7. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    looks interesting, but the thing is ... around here, we dont keep plow blades laying around or attached to the truck , we take them off... well if im ginna take the time to put the attachment on , and hook up the plow. ill just do it with a skid steer

    and frankly, i have tried to grade gravel with a snow plow blade....its super hard to do any kinda of a decent job... so i would vote no on this on

    but good try
  8. murphyslaw

    murphyslaw Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    I like the concept, but im not sure if the usefulness is there. I really liked the forks but again how often would someone use it.
  9. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    great idea but not sure how many people would buy it. i think the landscape rake if it was wider like the size of a plow that would be a better idea. the dirt scoop is cool but not worth the time because i could have a worker do it faster with a shovel and wheel barrel. thw box scraper was alright but why not just use a wider one like the size of a back plow blade? the forklift idea is good but only if it could lift alot of weight, like about a skid of sod of interlock. be hard to do that with it unless you redo your plow mounts and brackets. maybe a tiller attachment? maybe a bigger dirt shovel?
  10. jkitterman

    jkitterman Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    If i want to use tractor implements, I would fire up a tractor or skid steer instead of the truck. I just don't see any advantage to using the truck.
  11. E.D.

    E.D. Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I like the idea that you've come up with. Personally i dont think that you would do to well trying to sell them, simply because your truck would take a beating that it doesnt need to because their is already equipment designed to do this task, i.e. tractor, and skid steer. But if you've got the motivation and can stomache the costs why not give it a shot and start your own business. You could not make any money and go belly up, or you could sell lots of them and have a good business, or if big brands see you doing good with your design they'll want to buy your patent/sell your product<< in which case you may not have to work again :) might be a happy ending, might be a bad time to be you.. you'll never know unless you try though, goodluck
  12. pegleg

    pegleg Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I thonk you are right but most people who own a snowplow dont own a skid steer. were I live we use the snowplow for 4 months to plow snow and dont use it for the other 8 months. With this hitch you can use hundreds of implements. I can drive my truck on the interstate with an implement and do small jobs withou looading a tractor on a trailor and hauling it 50 miles to use it for 15 minutes.
    Thank you for your reply, I dont want to lose money so I appreciate your thoughts
  13. pegleg

    pegleg Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    There are hundreds of impklements out there for different tasks. I use my snowplow for 4 months and it works great.
    With this hitch I use
    booms for lifting trussess
    and many other implements.
    I can even go pick up new implements a tractor supply wihout using a trailor.
    Thanks for you opinion
  14. pegleg

    pegleg Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    There are currently rakes and other implements available of different sizes.
    I can attach the dirt scoop in 5 minutes and have it full in seconds. There is also a trigger on this dirt scoop for dumping. My wife likes planting a garden. We have friends who live 5 miles who have cow fertilizer. I am able to pickup a load of fertilizer 5 miles away and bring it home and dump it never touching a shovel. The forks can lift washers, dryers and anything that weighs less than the plowblade removed. I think it is a gteat benefit to homeowners,
  15. m.williams

    m.williams Member
    Messages: 52

    ha cant get any better then the old fords, did the same thing with a western setup on a 1986 ford 250, work truck, beat to hell cant kill the thing, wil post pictures when i get em, but u cant kill this thing
  16. Krieger91

    Krieger91 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    Like others have said, A+ for effort, but that would be MURDER on your front end.

    I see a very limited market for that.
  17. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

  18. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    Great Post Sir. +1
  19. artic429

    artic429 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    I am thankful every year when i finally take my blade off the truck. I give a nod and a tilt of a beer to the good lord that my truck made it through another 4 months of pure hell that i put it through. I couldnt imagine beating the crap outta my truck year round. Good way to be at your local parts dealer every other day. The weight capacity in the front isnt set up for doing them kinda chores all the time. Great idea. Just not feasible in my opinion. I hope you can make some money off of it tho, someones gotta make some money in this "booming' economy! :dizzy: payup