V-Blade Snow Plow

My main weapon against the snow of upstate New York is my loader mounted, homemade V-Blade. 

My Father designed and built the V-Blade in 1981. It has held up to some very hard use and abuse over the years, with only a couple of welds cracking and a few coats of paint. 

The loader mounting makes it easy to push back banks and take the top layer off of deep or heavy snow. I have found that lifting the blade while pushing does a very good job moving banks back. 

A V-Blade works very well in crusty or wet snow, keeping the light 8N from being pushed around on the initial pass. Of course you loose half the blowing width after the first pass. But then you never have to tilt the blade either, it is always ready. 

The blade was made from a large piece of heavy steel pipe that was cut length wise. The cut was not made directly in half but instead was two "V" shaped cuts so the pieces were slightly larger on one end. The smaller ends were then compressed slightly and welded on to the center plate. This gives an expanding shoot for the snow to roll off. You can really get the snow rolling off the side with a little speed. 

The top edge is reinforced with flat steel. 

The top mounts have slots so the blade can float over uneven ground. The loader also has a free floating position on the controls so you don't have to compensate as you go up hills. 

The bottom mounts are cantilevered from the pushing frame that is attached to the center plate and the top of the blade. I added some heavy rubber pads between the lower mounts and the blade because of flex that was causing the blade to get creases where the mount was hitting. 

With down pressure on the loader and some tilting of the blade you can push yourself out of some situations that other wise would require another tractor to get you pulled out. 

The bottom edges of the blade are pieces of discarded grader blade edges. 

Note the steel rod that was bent and welded to the out side edges to get more strength. 

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