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Wheel-Supported "Floating" Snow Blade
Jake Clark of West Richland, Wash., didn’t want to spend the money for a new bucket-mounted blade so he built his own for less than $300.
  “It attaches to the bucket like a giant C-clamp. I looked at a lot of other designs before I built it,” says Clark. “I use it on my Kubota B20 20 hp tractor.
  “It mounts on 8-in. caster wheels so that it can float. That’s important because the road I plow is part gravel and part asphalt and I don’t want to tear anything up by letting the blade ride too low.”
  The blade measures 6 ft. wide and 16 in. high and was cut out of a 24-in. dia., 3/8-in. thick steel pipe. There’s a 4-in. bolt-on cutting edge on front and a 4-in. “rollover” plate on top.
  The blade’s mounting frame is built in 2 parts and attaches to the bucket floor with a pair of 16-in. long all-thread clamps. Both parts hinge at the back on a metal pin. The bottom part slips over the lip of the bucket, and as the bucket is raised it lifts the top part. The angle of the blade is adjusted by changing the position of a pin that goes through a flat bar welded to the back of the bucket. A big double-nutted bolt forms the swivel point for the bar.
  The caster wheels ride on a pair of vertical supports. Stacked washers on the supports are used to adjust the blade’s height off the ground.
  “The bucket is 54 in. wide but the blade is 6 ft. wide, so even when the blade is at an angle it’s still wider than the tractor’s tire tracks,” notes Clark.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James Clark, 3100 Clark Ct., West Richland, Wash. 99353 (ph 509 967-3277; clarkhomestead@yahoo.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #2