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Old 08-15-2009, 09:57 AM   post #1 of 9
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My neighbor has a fisher plow that has rot holes through the plow itself, it looks as if it were stored in the past laying down and collected water, the whole top edge is missing and there is a 10 in hole in the middle right were the a frame attaches, he wants me to patch it. My question is this, are there replacement skins available? It seems like it would be less work and turn out better if you could just replace the whole skin. I've searched the parts sources online and didn't find anything. Thanks Ed
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:23 PM   post #2 of 9
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It is a 5-6 out 10 job I have replaced 2 skins 1 on a 9 ft meyers and 1 on a 6ft meyers. I went to a steel fab shop in Waterford ct. and the rolled the new skins up for about $175. for both. You just need to get your torch out and start cutting and then grinding all the crap off, I drilled a couple of holes in the new skins and put a flat bar across the face and back with a couple of 3/4 bolts so I could draw the skins tight to the plow frame then just welded up the holes after.They turned out very good.
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thanks cubguy, seems like the best way to do it, a little tedious but do able, Just have to find someplace around hear that can roll one out. What was the name of the place in Waterford? Thanks again Ed
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Crown Manufacturing on crossroads st/lane/rd waterford ct.somthing like that.

Yea it was some work I tried other ways of pulling the skin tight but without a large press the way I talked about worked very well. the skins did not fit absolutly perfect so that why I did it. Also you will need a bunch of c-clamps for around the outside and I had them make it a little bigger just in case. then grab your mig and weld weld weld!

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Old 08-16-2009, 02:41 PM   post #5 of 9
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My Fisher has a few small holes rotted in it too,(was MINT 5 years ago,thanks to Calcium Cloride road salt its now in sad shape!)--has a few rips and spots previously repaired that should be welded up--I did try building up the "hoop" the hook on the lift chain goes on,on the lift frame triangle with my arc welder,before it wore right through,but it came out crude and lumpy..

..but since my TRUCK also suffered a lot of rust related damage to its oil pan ,all the steel lines on everything,and the exhaust system,since it wont be UP to pushing the plow until all that is fixed,the plow repairs will have to wait..it'll be lucky to get patched ,but if I ever decided to put a whole "skin" on a plow blade,I think I'd carve up a free 275 gallon oil tank, and use the curved part--I see many given away on CL every week..
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Plastic works great! Snow won't stick either. You pull your cutting edge off and slide it behind then rebolt the edge and a few bolts on top.

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Thanks for all the advice. My first thought was an oil tank, would work well for patches but not long enough to do the whole plow without haveing a seam. If I end up patching it that is probably what I'll use. I'm a burner tech so I can get tanks easily. Were it is not mine I'd rather have him pay to get the correct stock and make my life easier. If it were mine I'd be more apt to try using recylcled stock and makeing it work. I also saw the plastic skins looks like a good idea, but doesn't moisture collect behind it and rot the plow even worse? Thanks I'll let you know how I make out. Ed
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Hot water heater tanks might be long enough if you can score an industrial sized one..they are pretty thick too..

I'm tempted to just scour the junkyards instead of fixing my blade--I got this one in NICE shape free five years ago,A guy told me his friend was moving to Florida and sold his F-250 and the new owner didn't even want the plow frame OR the blade,so I went and got it ASAP!..has a rubber flap on it someone made on the top..its still decent,just has a few "sins" I should fix..has a 10 wheeler cutting edge I'll never wear out on it!..

but I see really decent blades being scrapped often,especially the older "non minute mount" Fisher,Western,and others used on older trucks like mine..so it might pay to go looking around before getting too crazy fixing one..

I gave away a Western 9' blade that was pretty nice,because I got it for 20 bucks,but the spread on the a frame was too wide to fit my plow frame..thing weighed 500 lbs!..another one I got free, a guy gave me 100 bucks for,to use on his Bobcat..
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:32 PM   post #9 of 9
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Yeah, I know as soon as I fix it one will turn up for free or cheap. The guy won't help himself, just expects me to do it for him. You know how neighbors are. I really should not complain he plows me out when I need it. I've been putting him off for at least 3 years on this project hopeing something would turn up. So far they've all been the wrong size for his frame. I might just scab on a couple of crappy patches to get him off of my back, if I do a bad enough job maybe he'll leave me alone! Thanks for all the advice. Ed
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