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Murph
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I bought this blade today and when I got it home and looked real close I seen where the guy had hit something really hard and bent the mounting bracket....:banghead3 I can't believe I didn't see it before forking over the cash. I decided to go ahead and switch the blade with my single cylinder blade that I've had for awhile, fortunately both cylinders work good, I can't believe they could take a hit like that and not get damaged, it actually bent the bolt that attaches the angle cylinder to the blade. My question is, can this be fixed and if so how?
 

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Maybe a little heat and some TLC with a big hammer??? Just looked again - OUCH! Hopefully someone has a better idea on fixing it...
 

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Torch and BFH might wind up being your best bet. That combination can be very effective as long as you take your time.
 

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Might be cheaper and easier to have a welding shop build you another bracket that mounts to the blade. The blade part looks ok.
 

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Looks like some type of press or hydraulic bender would be in order to straighten it. you might want to see if a frame shop could square it back up for you for a reasonable fee.
 

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The way I see, you can separate the mounting bracket from the blade right?

If so a good work bench vise with heat and pry bar can put that strait again.

Of course if you can use some kind of workshop press that will be lot easier.

Check with your local body shop.
 

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Heat, Time and BFH is all it takes, our warehouse guy hit this battery charger with a forklift and threw it in the dumpster, 15 minutes with the hammer and it was back in good enough shape to work for another 10 years.


 

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That is about how mine looked after about the 3rd of 4 times I broke mine last year. I just purchased the new mount from JD and then added some strength to it. That is not that hard to do if you lock the blade from tripping.
I cut my old one apart and a welder friend of mine tried to straighten it but was way more work than we realised. The new piece is still availble from JD.
 

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Murph
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That is about how mine looked after about the 3rd of 4 times I broke mine last year. I just purchased the new mount from JD and then added some strength to it. That is not that hard to do if you lock the blade from tripping.
I cut my old one apart and a welder friend of mine tried to straighten it but was way more work than we realised. The new piece is still availble from JD.
Do you remember how much it cost?
 

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That is about how mine looked after about the 3rd of 4 times I broke mine last year. I just purchased the new mount from JD and then added some strength to it. That is not that hard to do if you lock the blade from tripping
I just have to ask, how do you go about breaking it that many times? snow or dirt? I thought the trip mechanism was to keep it from breaking?
 

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Wow! He must have nailed something with that!!!!
 

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Murph
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I took it over to a friend of mine that does lots of metal work, he says it can be easily straightened, time will tell. I told him no hurry so whenever he gets around to fixing it I'll post some pictures.
 

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Last year the snow was so hard that I could drive my truck up and onto the drifts. If I had left them they would probably still be there. I knew it was wrong to use it as a battering ram but it was all I had at the time. I had to lock the trip mechanism and that is where ALL of the damage comes from. With the trip lock on one side and the angle cylinder on the other it's like it was made to do that. Don't remember what I paid for it but don't think it was that expensive. Probably cost me more to strengthen it.
I don't have that problem this year tho'.
I have a hard time believing that charger still works. Good score. That is some kinda' damage.
 

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Got it back today, after some heating, bending, cutting, welding and a quick shot of yeller paint and even though it's not perfectly straight I'm still pretty happy with the results.
 

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