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“Wing” Helps Clear Narrow Driveway
Steve Cunningham lives in the mountains of New Hampshire, where a small snowfall might be 6 in. and a big one can sometimes be 3 to 4 ft. “We’ve got a narrow driveway that’s a quarter mile long, and pushing snow with a single blade leaves ridges on the sides,” Cunningham says. “I built a wing plow for my tractor that works in conjuncton with our front-mount plow. This homemade setup allows me to move those ridges on both sides at least 2 to 3 ft. into the ditch. I never have to worry about the tractor sliding or pulling itself off the driveway in the process.”
  Cunningham made the wing from a 5-ft. snow blade that was originally built for an ATV. The front of the wing mounts to a 6-ft. bar that extends out from the right side of the tractor from the front snowplow brackets. The rear of the wing has two articulating arms that attach to a fitting on the bottom of the loader arm. A cable runs from the rear wing mounts up through a pulley and connects to the quick tach bucket mount.
   “I regulate the height and angle of the wing blade by changing the tilt angle of the bucket mount. When I pull the bucket mount in, the wing is raised. When I move it out, the wing is lowered. Since the pulley holding the cable is mounted on the loader arms, raising and lowering the arms doesn’t affect the wing angle,” says Cunningham.
  The wing has one other feature that Cunningham says really makes it ideal for his use. “I wanted to put it on and take it off without removing the front blade and using the loader to lift it,” Cunningham says. “I made a triangular pallet out of wood and put it on heavy-duty caster wheels. I roll it out my shop door onto the concrete apron, pull up next to it and set the wing on it. It takes me just a few minutes to remove the brackets from the tractor and drive away. With the wing on wheels I can move it anywhere in the shop.”
  The main plow on the front of Cunningham’s tractor is a Fisher model made for pickup trucks. “To mount that I made brackets that extend down and under the front of the tractor. I have chains connected on each end of the blade up to to the loader arms so I can raise and lower the blade. I can turn it side–to-side with the dual-acting hydraulic cylinder.”
  Cunningham says his snow-moving setup is ideal for his yard and driveway. He sprayed high-density polyethylene on the blade and wing so heavy and wet snows peel off and don’t stress the mountings. He can easily remove the blade and wing and attach the bucket if he needs to move large piles.
   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Cunningham, 351 Old Springfield Rd., Sunapee, N.H. 03782 (ph 603 763-4359).

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