Snowplow mounting

Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:38 pm

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I have an opportunity to import snowplow to UK from California - something that probably does not exist within these shores.
I am interested to know if the standard Cub snowblade can be fixed independently of other implements (permanently) without preventing use of say rear plow or cultivator.
Are any additional fixings required in mounting to tractor.
Many thanks for any help.
Andy
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Re: Snowplow mounting

Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:03 pm

Although obviously a little different mounting/pivot frame, it's basically the same a standard Cub blade. Not sure it's worth the trouble to import, but to each his own.

As far as permanently mounting, yes, I gues anything "can" be done. Unfortunately, there is only one lift mechanism on a cub, the center rockshaft, which also controls the lift for the snow blade, cultivators, plow, etc. You can affix the lift rod for the snow blade to the frame of the tractor somewhere by fabricating a mount, thus locking the blade in the up position. However, the hanger for the snow blade still uses the front tool bar mounting block, (under the engine/radiator) so you couldn't use the cultivators since they use the same mounting position.

You could mount and lift a rear field plow with that setup (snow plow locked in the up position) however, the snow plow mount hangs down pretty low under the engine and I'd bet that it would hit the ground once you got the front wheel down into a plow furrow, thus bottoming out the tractor, and would make it pretty difficult to plow a field. You can see this lower mounting point in the photo below from TM Tractors:

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So, yes, anything can be done, no, probably not useful or practical at all.

Re: Snowplow mounting

Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:11 pm

If you haven't already, have a look at the Cub 54 Leveling and Grader Blade manual at the PDF manuals link above. If all you are getting is what is pictured, you will have to procure or fabricate a large number of other brackets/lift rods to mount that plow to the front of your tractor and have it function as intended.

Re: Snowplow mounting

Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:09 pm

Andy, The pictured blade is also the earliest version that was later modified to beef it up and make it more forgiving to the tractor if you hit a rock, etc. You should be able to find a complete blade on the east coast and not have to pay the additional shipping to get it from CA to there. They can be assembled/removed in pieces and it's not that bad a job once you have done it a few times.

Bob

Re: Snowplow mounting

Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:29 pm

The one shown in the photo in the original post is quite incomplete- as are many that are offered for sale. Mine is the earliest model and was modified by a previous owner due to either missing or broken parts. It works-- sort of. Some of the parts are different from any original parts in design and dimensions.
Any Cubbers who have built from scratch a front-mounted Cub blade of any design? Photos or plans?

Re: Snowplow mounting

Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:41 pm

For all practical purposes, you have to resign yourself to removing the entire grader blade any time you want to use another implement.

While you can fabricate a hold-up bracket for the front blade, both the blade and its mounting frame will interfere with moldboard plowing. Unless you plow very shallow, they will hang up on the edge of the furrow, and stop you in your tracks.

The front blade also makes the tractor more difficult to steer.

Fortunately, the whole assembly can be installed/removed in about 15 minutes once you've done it the first time.

Re: Snowplow mounting

Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:08 pm

Thanks for the responses. Reason for shipping from California was for inclusion in container already destined for UK.
Looks as though it is going to be more trouble than it's worth - therefore the forum has once again more than adequately fulfilled its role, for which I am much obliged.