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Future snow plow improvement

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LaVern Skarzenski

02-09-2018 12:27:18

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Hi All, This is going to be a long one. I have a 1963 or '64 MF35. I have a very old Western snow blade that I use quite extensively in the winter. It is getting old and tired, just like me. It has only raise and gravity lower on it. Come summer time I would like to get another blade and hopefully one with from the seat angle adjustment along with the raise and gravity lower. Right now I have an isolator valve which locks out the 3 ph arms and the same control valve that we used when my dad and I used it on a haybine. The haybine had a two way cylinder on it so we could raise and put down pressure on the cutter head. I am using the same valve that we used back then. I don't recall doing anything different to the valve when I quit using it on the haybine and started using it on the snow blade on the one way cylinder.
Okay here comes the questions. Can I get a double control valve that one lever would raise and allow the blade to drop, and the other lever be used to rotate the blade left or right? Seems that I should be able to get one like that, but what kind do I actually look for? Seems that it was much easier to figure this out when I was younger. Also would the new double control valve be supplied with just one line and returned also with a single line? I actually hope to pick up a used truck blade that already has the rotating cylinders on it. Oh well I think that is a start. I wanted to get some information before the warm weather gets here so I can start planning this project ahead of time. Any ideas or suggestions that you may have are most welcome. Any changes to my plans that I need to make now?

Thanks for all your help. Also I do have a few photos of the tractor on here that I posted back when I built the sub-frame for the Massey. Before that the plow was on my dad's Farmall 504. Thanks.


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02-10-2018 10:40:36

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 Re: Future snow plow improvement in reply to LaVern Skarzenski, 02-09-2018 12:27:18  
I've ordered from Surplus Center a few times, and was very pleased each time. Each order was packed VERY well and shipped promptly.
It appears they only have the one location, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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LaVern Skarzenski

02-09-2018 21:34:46

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 Re: Future snow plow improvement in reply to LaVern Skarzenski, 02-09-2018 12:27:18  
I never thought of that. If I understand you correctly I would have to switch from lifting to swiveling not being able to do both at the same time. The only diverter valve I am familiar with is the diverter/ Isolator that I have already. On the one I have now all pressure has to be released by disengaging the lever that normally raises and lowers the 3ph. I suppose there is another type that switches while under pressure. I will have to check up on that possibility. Thanks.


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LaVern Skarzenski

02-09-2018 21:25:34

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 Re: Future snow plow improvement in reply to LaVern Skarzenski, 02-09-2018 12:27:18  
Thanks Dave,
I don't have their catalog but I do have their website in my favorites and have been looking through that. Guess I need to study up a bit more.


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caterpillar guy

02-09-2018 19:42:53

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 Re: Future snow plow improvement in reply to LaVern Skarzenski, 02-09-2018 12:27:18  
A diverter valve would be just the ticket. Put the pressure line in to it then the lift line on one side with the swivel line the other swivel line could go in the other side of the tractor coupler. Only needing the diverter valve switched from one circuit to the other.

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Dave Sherburne, NY

02-09-2018 17:20:00

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 Re: Future snow plow improvement in reply to LaVern Skarzenski, 02-09-2018 12:27:18  
Sounds like you need this catalog. All the hydraulic stuff you will ever need.

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02-10-2018 09:27:34

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 Re: Future snow plow improvement in reply to Dave Sherburne, NY, 02-09-2018 17:20:00  
I live 20 minutes from the Surplus Center. I find them friendly and helpful to deal with in person, and I've bought a fair amount of stuff there. I've obviously never had reason to order anything online from them but I'd assume they'd be the same going that route.

BTW, you can wander around their showroom at will without being pestered, also.

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