I am going to try and keep my road going up to the top of the hill this year broken open all winter, and really dreaded the thought of pushing snow for a half mile. I knew I needed a way to push more snow, but hoped to use my Kubota to do so. With all our driveways circular in shape, a v-plow made sense there as well.
I wanted something big, rugged and cheap, so I ended up laminating 2x4's together to get me what I needed. This was only a test run, but it is (4) 2x4's high and really worked out well. In fact it knocked about 2 hours off my normal plowing time.
It created (2) beams 4 inches wide and 8 inches high, with horizontal supports weaved into the lamination to make it really rugged. I also laminated the hitch area so that it would hold up to the stress of being pulled. It is heavy enough so that it stays against the ground and does not ride on top of the snow, yet is light enough to be pulled by my small tractor. Its long length keeps it flat to the ground as well so that the back does not try to flip upwards as it is towed.
It is not going to work for 2 foot snowstorms of course, but we normally get more 6-8 inch storms and this would be good for that. Just one pass is needed. In fact that is its downfall if it has one. There is no side-loading one side and widening the roadway. It is 100% self-centering so what you get is what you get. Mine is 12 feet wide, so anyone who is going to make their own, make it as wide as your road/driveway.
(It is sitting on blocks of wood in this photo so that it does not freeze to the ground when parked)
Trace Oswald wrote:What a great idea Travis. Well done.
Hey thanks, it was pretty simple to make and only took an hour of my time. Sometimes I even surprise myself when one of my abominations actually works.
I may, or may not...I have not decided yet, to add a little height to it so that it can plow deeper snow.
We only had 6 inches upon the ground, but it never rolled up over the 8 inch high plow. I was thinking about nailing on another 2x4 flat ways, but before doing that, nailing one on top of it to get me a 14 in high plow.
But I am not sure. Right now it works, and with deeper snow, not only would my tractor have to paw its way through it, it would be doing so dragging a heavier plow, pushing more snow. If it rolls up over the top now, I can just make an extra pass to get rid of it.
Oh, one more good point about this plow. I can plow in a pretty high gear because there are no real shock effects like plowing with a front end loader. I plow in 6th gear, out of a 8 on this tractor. Considering the speed, and a 12 foot path, that is clearing quite a bit of snow quickly.