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Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby ricky racer » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:14 pm

So as much as I like using my Cub for plowing snow, there is one thing that really is a pet peeve of mine. When the plow is angled the snow should always pay off of the trailing edge of the blade and only the trailing edge of the blade. However, snow dribbles off of the leading edge as well. Not a lot but enough that I need to go back and clean it up, again and again….

After giving it some thought, I decided that wings added to the plow blade would be my best bet to stop the trail off that was driving me nuts (and that’s a short drive :lol: ). Looking over the internet I couldn’t see where anyone had added wings added to a Cub 54 blade so I was on my own. Not quite sure what style of wings I wanted, I spent some time making different templates out of cardboard, trying different sizes, angles and mounting styles. My intent was never to increase the overall width of the blade. There are times when we get a 12” to 18” snowfall that is wind packed or wet and heavy, it’s all the Cub can handle pushing the 54” blade through it.

I ended up with what you see here.

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I made a template for the sides out of cardboard and transferred that to a couple of pieces of 10 gauge steel.

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The base plate is made out of 3/16” plate that I formed into an arc by working it between blocks on my press. Once the plate was close to the curvature of the blade I clamped it in place and using a transfer punch, transferred the mounting holes onto the plate.

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Once the base plate was bolted up to the blade, I angled the blade and positioned the wings so the leading edge of the wing would be facing the direction of travel to slice through the snow as I travel forward and tacked them into place. To stiffen up the wings and to add to their strength, I formed a couple of gussets from some more 10 gauge steel and welded them to the base plates and wings. I could have just used a couple of ribs but felt that the ribs would have formed shelves that would hold snow while the formed gussets would more likely shed snow.

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To allow my trip system to work, I needed to have the solid wings mounted high enough to let the blade pivot forward when it meets an obstruction. To bridge the gap between the wing and the ground, I used some ½” thick rubber held in place by some carriage bolts. The painting didn't go so well in the cold Michigan weather. I'll probably sand blast them next summer (if I get the ambition) and give them a decent paint job. At least they won't rust this winter. :lol:

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Will it work? Will it do what I had in mind? I don’t know but they are calling for 2”- 4” of snow this weekend so, stay tuned…..
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby Bob McCarty » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:37 pm

Wow! How soon can I place an order? Can't wait to see pictures of it in use.

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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby dgrapes59 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:41 pm

Yet another great fabrication job! It looks like it should do the job.

I will stay tuned....
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby Peter Person » Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:41 pm

Ricky,
That is AWESOME!
The last snow we had, about 2" of light powder, was leaving behind a trail no matter what I did.
I just need to get Aron to convince his boss to start making Cub accessories.

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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby randallc » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:27 am

Ricky Racer, as always beautiful work. Looks like they came from the factory or better. But a question from a non-snow-pusher. Won't that become a block for the snow on the trailing side?
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby ricky racer » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:17 am

randallc wrote:Won't that become a block for the snow on the trailing side?


We'll see. I think that because the way the snow rides up the curvature of the blade and curls like a wave, I think the snow will pass over the the top of the wing. Time will tell.
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby goldencub » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:01 am

I'm with Randallc on this one. I think that for sure, the wing on the trailing edge will prove to be a huge barrier to the movement of snow off the blade. You won't be able to go fast enough forward to get the kind of curl that you expect - up, over, forward, to the side. over the wing and then out. Especially with heavier, wet snow. I'll be super interested to learn how it works out! Al D
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby BigBill » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:27 am

Ricky your on the right track. It's still in the development stages? We as fabricators have to start somewhere. We do have to tweek it sometimes too. What about using hydraulics or mechanics to turn the two added wings as the plow angles?
I hate it too when the plow leaves that runoff too.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby gitractorman » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:47 am

I have a thought on the issue of the trailing edge wing causing the plow to build up snow. What if you loosen the top bolt just slightly, then remove the bottom bolt and use a dowel pin and cotter pin to hold it in place? Then when you angle the blade, whatever the trailing side is, flip that wing up out of the way and pin it in place upside down. Not sure from your pictures, but it looks like you could drill a hole in the blade extension for it to pin to upside down. Anyway, just a thought.

I love fabricating that kind of stuff. I just did a weight bracket for the back of my Cub Cadet, that I threw together from scrap steel laying under the work bench. It's just way too much fun! Great work Rick!!
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby Dusty B » Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:20 pm

I usually only angle my blade one way when I plow snow so would only mount one on the leading edge anyway! Dusty B
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby Scrivet » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:31 pm

I don't know why y'all are worried about that thing plowing snow. After all that work he did, it ain't gonna snow another flake anywhere near Ricky this year, so he will never get the chance to try it out. :D :wink: :lol:

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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby Denny Clayton » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:23 am

Scrivet wrote:I don't know why y'all are worried about that thing plowing snow. After all that work he did, it ain't gonna snow another flake anywhere near Ricky this year, so he will never get the chance to try it out. :D :wink: :lol:

Scrivet, I sure hope you are right. I've had enough winter already and looking forward to spring. But I ain't takin' the snow plow off just yet. :roll:
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby cub.bub » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:05 pm

Great job Ricky! I see a lot of engineering and time went into your project.
It's snowing as I write this, so you might get to test it out. :D
Keep us posted.

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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby ricky racer » Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:29 pm

Well, I got to use the blade with the new wings added, twice tonight. The first time, we had about 8" of snow on the ground, the second time we had about 6 additional inches.. The snow was fairly heavy and slightly wind packed but it still pushed okay. The wings greatly improved the trail off issue that I was trying to address but didn't eliminate it. While the blade is angled the snow would ride up the face of the blade and pass over the downstream wing so the wing on the downstream side was not an issue. If enough snow built up in front of the blade it would spill out over the angled face of the upstream wing leaving some trail off that I was trying to eliminate.

One major plus the wings add is I can push much more snow over the standard blade. Between the additional snow I can push and the reduced clean up of the trail off, it's probably cut my plowing time by 25%. One place I can really notice the difference is when pushing the snow across the road to pile it up on the other side. When I push the snow across the road, I keep the blade straight. Our country road is fairly well traveled and the passing traffic usually drives by at 55 or 60 mph. As I push the snow across the road, the snow trails off both sides. Some of that trail off can be pretty heavy and cause damage to a car traveling at those speeds. Before, to clean that all up, it seemed to take dozens of times to clean up the road in front of both of my driveways. All in all, I'm very pleased with the project and results.
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Re: Cub 54A Snow Plow Wings

Postby randallc » Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:19 am

Great job and your work always looks top stuff. Love your projects.
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