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Washboard plowed surface, help!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by bigred85, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. bigred85

    bigred85 Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Hi guys. I tried out my Moose 60" straight blade on my ATV yesterday and it went great! However, after closer inspection of my plowed driveway, I get what can best be described as a "washboard surface". There seems to be a washboard surface in a short, rhythmic pattern, like every six inches or so. It's almost like the plow is bouncing up and down. Do you plow experts know what could possibly be causing this to happen, and how to fix it? Thanks a lot!
  2. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Its likely that its just real lite and is bouncing. Also you can drive a little slower and that will help.
  3. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    You could also see if you could add 10 or 20 lbs of weight to it too and see if that stops it.
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Yep, too light and too fast. See it around here all the time.
  5. bigred85

    bigred85 Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Thanks guys, I really appreciate your help. The thing is, Moose plows are by far the sturdiest and heaviest ATV plows on the market. I have seen cheaper, lighter plows with perfectly smooth results.

    Come to think of it, I was going pretty fast after I got used to driving with the plow. It's hard not to go fast when plowing with an ATV. I'll try to take it slower next time and see if that makes a difference.

    Thanks again.
  6. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Put a heavy cutting edge on your Moose plow. This will do two things. The edge will last longer before getting into the frog, and also it will add a bunch of weight to the plow right where you need it. When I say heavy, I mean twice the steel thickness as stock, twice as tall so that you have more surface to wear, and also make this out of AR (abrasion resistant) steel. Good Luck.
  7. bigred85

    bigred85 Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Is there a place where I can buy such a cutting edge or do I have to build it myself? Thanks for the tip.
  8. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    Take two weights (the kind from a weight bench, about 20lbs each) and chain them together with about 4 inches between them. Make two sets and just "hang" them over each end of the plow. Quick, easy, and CHEAP ! :D
  9. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    80 lbs is a bit much especaily when a lot less may do it to.
  10. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Thats alot of weight to be hangin off of the front of your quad. They arent made to have all of the weight up there...Rob
  11. bolensdriver

    bolensdriver Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    Be sure not to go too fast. You can be thrown from the machine at high speeds when you hit something. It can be fatal.

    I'd only go about 5 mph for a top speed on it.

  12. rclay11541

    rclay11541 Member
    Messages: 56

    we use kawi prarie 650's to plow, they all have cycle countrys on em and that washboard effect only happens when your going to fast or if your quad is lifted by adding bigger tires and such that will do it to. It changes the angle of attack. Go slow!
  13. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    Slow down and plow in a different direction next time. If you angle the other way or push in a different direction it will help get rid of the washboards that are already there. I learned that on this site last year. A couple of roads I was plowing were getting very wash-boarded. Making a pass down the wrong side of the road angled the other direction eliminated them all.
  14. bigred85

    bigred85 Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    So if I plow in the same direction, but starting from the opposite side with my blade angled the other way, it should eliminate some of the washboard effect? Thanks, I'll try that next time...
  15. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    Yes and good luck..