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Old 11-16-2011, 10:16 PM   post #1 of 36
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Default My snow plow issues

I just bought a plow for my 16G this year and I repainted it, not the right color. I will remedy this at a future date. To all you Gravely enthusiasts with the rider snow plow, can I drill two new holes in the middle plow braces to get more ground clearance. I have a steep driveway where it meets the street and need a couple of more inches (No laughing) of lift.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:32 AM   post #2 of 36
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Do you have a manual lift or hydraulic? Is it currently lifting up until it hits the front axle?

Rasing the plow on the frame as you suggect is an intersting idea, not sure how that might work out. I will take a look at mine and give you my thoughts.

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Old 11-17-2011, 08:46 AM   post #3 of 36
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You don't want to raise the rear or middle of the plow frame. You actually would need to lower the rear to get the blade higher. The closer the frame is to tractor chassis, the less lift you will get. Or are you talking about just moving the blade itself up?
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:44 PM   post #4 of 36
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Lack of blade ground clearance with the plow in the up position is one of the biggest (and most obvious) design flaws of the Gravely rider, IMO. With all the experience we have on this site maybe someone has come up with, or has seen a practical solution? I'd love to see it if it's out there!
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:54 PM   post #5 of 36
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...back up the hill instead.

With the factory setup you will only be able to raise the blade until the frame contacts the underside of the front axle.
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:11 PM   post #6 of 36
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Lack of blade ground clearance with the plow in the up position is one of the biggest (and most obvious) design flaws of the Gravely rider, IMO. With all the experience we have on this site maybe someone has come up with, or has seen a practical solution? I'd love to see it if it's out there!
It's only a design flaw if you have a hill with a steep angle of attack, but that can be a problem for a lot of automobiles as well.

Relocating the plow on the existing frame might gain an inch, not much more, and has a number of issues to overcome.

Designing a set of offset axle brackets could maybe gain an inch.

No matter how steep a grade is, it is always better to transition into it rather than having an abrupt angle - I might consider some driveway improvements if it was mine.

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Old 11-17-2011, 10:31 PM   post #7 of 36
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Fla Don, that is exactly what I'm talking about. If you look at the large pin that runs through the two holes in the blade supports. If my theory is correct I can drill two identical holes approx. 2-3 inches lower (not looking at plow now) and this will give me that much clearance off the ground. It appears that the stop will still hit the reinforced plate on the back of the blade. I will try to take pics tomorrow to show you guys what I mean. I really don't want to start drilling if you guys can think of a reason this won't work that I have not thought of.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:00 PM   post #8 of 36
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The only things I can think that might give you a problem is that it may render the snow blade safety springs useless and making sure the plow will go low enough when you are done.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:27 PM   post #9 of 36
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I did think about the springs and I may have to add longer bolts but I believe that due to the angle of the frame, it won't change the lift attachment by too much.
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You could put larger diameter wheels and tires on the front.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:45 PM   post #11 of 36
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We need photos!!!

I was at the local tractor dealer Wednesday, they had a Kubota blade, very similar to the Gravely one I have that I do not know what it fits.

ANYWAY, the Kubota frame is bent about 18" from the blade!!

This causes the frame to be close to the ground at that bend point when the blade is down, but gives much more lift height.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:35 PM   post #12 of 36
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You could put larger diameter wheels and tires on the front.
20" tires are available....no need to change the wheels. Carlisle Turfmasters come in a 20x8-8.

A 2 ply Turfmaster 18x6.50-8 has an OD of 17.2"

A 2 ply 20x8-8 has an OD of 19.1"

That will net nearly one additional inch of clearance.
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20" tires are available....no need to change the wheels. Carlisle Turfmasters come in a 20x8-8.
2" radius increase at the tires, 3" increase at the blade!! Sounds good!!
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:42 PM   post #14 of 36
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Here are the tire specs.

http://www.carlisletire.com/products...ver/index.html
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:23 PM   post #15 of 36
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If I remember correctly you are not mowing with this tractor correct? I do not think that 20" tires will clear the front of a mower, even on a long frame. I know that 18" will not clear on a short frame.

Anyone with a long frame want to chime in???
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