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    Default truck plow to tractor plow

    Is there any serious difference between a truck plow and a tractor plow?

    I can get a p/a plow only for cheap. I wondered if it could be mounted to a standard skid-steer q/a plate and then mounted to my front end loader quick-attach.

    The thing I don't know is if the truck plow is "longer" making the plow way too far out front or if the plow to q/a plate is strong enough.

    Seems like a tractor snow plow is just a truck snowplow with a q/a plate on back of the a-frame.

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    Default Re: truck plow to tractor plow

    Builder, I have been pondering doing the same thing. There is really no difference between say a Curtis q/a plow and a truck plow converted to q/a. Size (width) could be a problem depending on the tractor size. I was planning on looking for one between 6 and 7 feet to attach on my GL3240. A larger tractor could handle a larger plow.

    If I find one I would probably weld the angle adjustment solid and only push it with the blade facing straight. I think angling a plow attached to the FEL would create side loading on the FEL frame which is probably not a good thing.

    True tractor plows (be it garden tractor or full size) generally attach directly to the tractor frame (NOT the FEL). My previous B3030 had the Kubota front frame mounted quick hitch and the Kubota quick attach 6 foot plow. It worked very well but required that the FEL be removed to mount the quick hitch. That could be a pain if you also need the FEL to move snow piles around etc.

    Another option is a q/a snow pusher but they are $$$. Probably as much or more than a plow would be.
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    Default Re: truck plow to tractor plow

    I can get a decent 7.5' Myers p/a plow only for $500. Quick attach skid steer mount plates are ~$250.

    If I welded "ears" to the plate, then used the normal mounting pins to mount the plow to the plate, I wonder how rugged it would be. I would think you'd also mount the lift chain to an ear on the upper part of the q/a plate.

    Maybe the plow is better off welded to the plate, but I'd rather leave the plate open to other uses, like welding a ball to it to move a trailer around the jobsite, etc.

    Here's my tractor I'd like to mount it on. rear tires are filled and 3rd function remote is installed on FEL:




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    Default Re: truck plow to tractor plow

    I did that conversion a few months ago and I'm very happy with it. Here's the link just in case you haven't seen it.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/c...apted-fel.html
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    Default Re: truck plow to tractor plow

    Great job! So if that was a truck plow in its' first life, how did you decide how far back to mount the A-frame to the skid steer plate?

    I want to keep mine as "compact" as possible to lower the stress on the loader arms and keep the unit as short as possible. Did you just make it so the plow would fully angle without making cotact?

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    Default Re: truck plow to tractor plow

    I have been looking at doing a similar thing. I have a 7' fisher minute mount on a pickup. I would like to do a quick attach plate with minute mount hooks and run wireing so that I can use the plow on either the truck or the tractor. I like the truck when the wind and snow is blowing and its 3:00 AM. I like the tractor when I am pushing the banks back and stacking it.

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    Default Re: truck plow to tractor plow

    Quote Originally Posted by Builder View Post
    Did you just make it so the plow would fully angle without making cotact?
    Not to speak for someone else, but That's exactly how I would do it.
    I've toyed with the idea but my loader is lighter duty than yours and 4shorts and I'd be worried about undo stress to the loader.
    Your machine looks like it could handle at least an 8' plow.

    I cut a 7.5' down to 6.5' that I rigged to my 3pt, works great having a power angle plow and a loader on at the same time. I might still mount this plow to my fork carrier frame to try it out front, but I will mount it as far back as possible.
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    Default Re: truck plow to tractor plow

    I currently have a Challenger 265B with a Q/A FEL. My father and I built a adapter "plate" to mount to the quick attach system of the 255 which offered the use of forks we made and a truck plow. We cut the parts off which allowed for the quick attach to the 255 and welded a skids teer Q/A plate to the rear of the unit. Now it works on the 265B.

    The plow is an old Fisher plow about 8' from a pickup truck. I have hydraulics running to the FEL to control the angle (I also use these for the Milonzi grapple). The adapater plate is generally shaped as a triangle. The frame material is 2" receiver tube. There are two forward facing 2" receiver tubes which allow for hitch type implements such as the forks or a trailer ball. On the bottom cross member we have two 1/2" steel plates welded in place which surround the back of the plow and a pin is used to hold it in place. The top 2" receiver tube has a hook welded to it and this is where the chain of the plow is held in place. I have a few degrees of motion available with the plow and the normal movement by the FEL. When I have heavy snow I keep the plow straight. But during clean up I can angle the blade and it works great. I don't see much side to side motion of the FEL. I can try to get some pictures of of the unit mounted. I am in the process of up grading the tractor so unless it snows I won't be mounting the plow before I trade the tractor. I will continue to use this plow on the next tractor and will definitely get pictures the next time I use it.


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    Default Re: truck plow to tractor plow

    Quote Originally Posted by Builder View Post
    Great job! So if that was a truck plow in its' first life, how did you decide how far back to mount the A-frame to the skid steer plate?

    I want to keep mine as "compact" as possible to lower the stress on the loader arms and keep the unit as short as possible. Did you just make it so the plow would fully angle without making cotact?
    I wanted mine as compact as I could get it as well. Having it to long meant harder to turn around as well for me. I put it as far back as I could and still be able to get the full angle on each side. It just happened to end up right on the place where the chain used to connect to the plow so I welded it right to the skid steer plate.

    The system turned out so good I'd never put the plow back on the truck. With the blower on the back it's the perfect balance. With the tractor being a HST model she's faster than the truck. I don't have the tires filled and the other day I was out plowing and didn't even have the tractor in 4X4. I'm more than happy with the set up. I'm putting together a little video of some plowing I just did tonight. I'll post on here in about 30 minutes.
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    Here's a little video I did of some plowing tonight. The snow was a little wet and it was a little dark but hey, It's something to watch. I'll do one in the daytime next
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