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    Default Edge for rear blade

    I have seen people talk about putting some kind of soft edge on a rear blade for moving snow. I have a paved driveway so this seems like a good idea. What do you use for this? I saw someone say they used a horsemat? I'm not sure what this is. Also how do you drill the holes? It seems like I would go through several drill bits as the steel on the rear blade is pretty thick. Any drill bit ideas?

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    Do you have a removable cutting edge?

    I recently did this on my front blade. I bought a horsemat from Tractor Supply Company and cut it to the width of the blade and 2" wider than the cutting edge on my plow. Then I drilled holes through the rubber to match holes in the cutting edge (very easy). I then bought longer bolts and bolted the rubber between the blade and the cutting edge leaving 1" hanging below the cutting edge. Doing it this way, I can flip the rubber piece around when it wears out for a second edge.

    It has worked fairly well so far, but we haven't had a real heavy snow yet either. The rubber does fold back a bit because it isn't fully supported by the blade, but this does give it a bit of squeegie action.

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/o...-test-1-a.html

    Lots of details for adding a rubber edge at this link.

    Use the search feature to search for "snow plow edge," and you'll find many more.

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    Thanks guys, I don't have a bolt on edge.

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    Good carbide drill bit, go slow and lots of lubricant suggested and/or heating the spots and then reaming the steel where bolts need to be added were suggested in this thread dealing with spring steel. Or take it to a shop and let them make your holes. http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/b...r-built-2.html

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    I too have been thinking about what material to use for this.

    I just finished cutting and machining a piece of the composite decking material that I sandwiched between the cutting edge and the mold board. I let the composite hang down about 3/4 inch.

    We haven't gotten enough snow to try it yet but I hope it works for the 20 bucks I have in it.

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    Quote Originally Posted by sld View Post
    I too have been thinking about what material to use for this.

    I just finished cutting and machining a piece of the composite decking material that I sandwiched between the cutting edge and the mold board. I let the composite hang down about 3/4 inch.

    We haven't gotten enough snow to try it yet but I hope it works for the 20 bucks I have in it.
    I have a home made rear blade that i was given and doesnt have a bolt on edge and I needed something that wouldnt dig into my paved driveway.. I started to use composite decking but was afraid it would splinter/shred so I went with a wooden 2x4 instead - also letting it stick down around 3/4" or so

    I mounted it using (6) 3/8" bolts for an 84" blade- not sure how overkill that was, but it certainly shouldnt come off..

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    Wood should work fine. It seemed to me the composite was less prone to splintering than wood. Especially after I routed the edge. It is very smooth.

    Time will tell.

    My 5 foot blade has 8 half inch carriage bolts. Yours doesn't sound like overkill at all.

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    Quote Originally Posted by sld View Post
    I too have been thinking about what material to use for this.

    I just finished cutting and machining a piece of the composite decking material that I sandwiched between the cutting edge and the mold board. I let the composite hang down about 3/4 inch.

    We haven't gotten enough snow to try it yet but I hope it works for the 20 bucks I have in it.
    I'm curious to hear how this works. It was one of the ideas I considered, but I decided to try the rubber first hoping that it would follow any contours a little better and almost sweep the pavement.

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    Default Re: Edge for rear blade

    It is not difficult to buy the rubber edges for the rear blades. I found a place here that sold rubber products and bought some pieces from them. I drilled it in the middle (so it is reversible) and bolted it to the cutting edge. I planned for doing this when I made the RB because cement pavers are VERY popular here and this will allow you to clean the snow without damaging the surface. You can just type in "rubber cutting edge" into EBay to see all kinds of examples. I used 2 pieces of 2x10x75 cm for my 150 cm (5 foot) RB. Each piece has 3 bolts which sandwich the rubber between 5 mm backing strip and the RB.

    Drilling rubber cleanly requires a really sharp drill bit.

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