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“No Power” Snow Plow Has Dual Angle Attachment System
He made an 8-ft. wide, 2-ft. high snow blade with a dual-angle attachment system. “It uses a pair of horizontal pipe sections that are unequal in length. I can switch the blade angle to the left or right just by pulling a pair of pins from receiver tubes mounted on front of the vehicle and swapping the pipes,” says Scheibengraber. “I leave the receiver tubes on the Blazer all year long because they only stick out about 1 ft. I don’t know of anything else like it on the market.”
He used 2 by 4’s and steel Unistrut sections to make the blade. It’s equipped with a heavy-duty, 3/4-in. thick rubber scraper and is supported by a push frame that attaches to the frame on his 2000 Chevrolet Blazer 4-WD SUV.
“No power is needed to raise the blade. It hinges up and down on U-bolts and slides on the driveway when backing up,” says Scheibengraber. “The rubber scraper doesn’t damage my asphalt driveway or grass alongside the driveway.”
He made the blade by sandwiching 2 by 4’s on top of each other inside an angle iron frame and using Unistruts to fasten them together. He painted the 2 by 4’s with a high gloss paint so snow will slip off them.
He fastened 2 large U-bolts to the top edge of the blade and bolted the rubber scraper along the bottom edge. The U-bolts ride freely on 2 upright pipe sections that brace the blade and attach it to the pickup’s frame. To make the upright pipe sections, he fastened 2 horizontal pipe sections of unequal length to a pair of “T” pipe connectors.
“The design allows the upright pipe sections to slide into horizontal receiver tubes, which bolt to the Blazer’s frame in place of the vehicle’s tow hooks,” says Scheibengraber. “Hitch pins hold the pipe sections in the tubes and orient the openings of the T-pipe connectors vertically in order to hold the upright pipe sections. Two more shorter vertical sections that brace the blade are screwed into the bottom remaining holes of the T connectors.”
The receiver tubes are reinforced by a length of angle iron that’s held in place by the same hitch pins. “The horizontal pipe sections are unequal in length, which lets me switch blade angle to the left or right just by swapping them in the receiver tubes,” says Scheibengraber.
To switch the blade to transport position, he can suspend the blade off the ground by inserting the U-bolts into notches on top of the uprights.
He built the blade about 6 years ago and has been improving on the design ever since. Last spring he traded the Blazer for a 2008 Ford Ranger and mounted the blade on it. “The tow hooks were spaced a little differently on the Ranger so I had to re-mount the U-bolts accordingly,” says Scheibengraber.
He notes that his snow plow design could serve as a prototype for a heavier-duty, strength-tested version.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Karl Scheibengraber, N74W27476 Howards Pass, Sussex, Wis. 53089 (ph 262 501-4567; email@example.com).
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