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I'm working with a John Deere 955 tractor with a 3 point hitch. I'm trying to design a snow plow that extends out the right side to clear a 4' sidewalk without driving the tractor on it. I need to figure out a way to retract it as well so it can be driven down the road. I can always add weight to the left side to counter balance the tractor if necessary for a heavier snow. I'm also thinking about making it so the blade can be removed to be reversed for driving forward or backward.
Has anyone ever done anything like this ? Any help would be appreciated
If you know what a scraper blade looks like for the back of a farm tractor, thats pretty close to what I'm trying to build except I want it to slide out so I can drive beside the walk and lower the blade onto the walk to clear the snow off.
The walk is 4' wide and 1000' long on a bridge with Amtrak trains underneath. Cannot use a snowblower without getting fried to a crisp and too much to shovel.
Not sure I'd want something sticking out four feet that was hooked to my 3-point. If you hit something that won't move, I'm guessing you'll hurt the tractor pretty good. The arms on the 3-point aren't the strongest things, and they don't flex well.
No front bucket? I'd be a lot more comfy designing something that could replace the bucket to do that kind of work.
There is no possibility of hitting anything. The other side of the walk has a 4' high concrete wall, solid concrete walk a foot thick, no joints other than tooled joints in the wall. Bridge has metal expansion slots but the plow wont be touching the bridge deck and that is also a smooth concrete surface. Also a JD 955 will not fit on a 4' sidewalk otherwise I could use the front plow I have.
The unit itself would only weigh around a couple hundred pounds, an 18" - 22" high blade, 6' - 7' long maximum.
I'll be building the final design so the frame can be made stiff enough or made to fasten to the frame to stabilize it if necessary.
Check this video out. I know this one is big, but you can get some ideas from this unit and even see how it retracts. Maybe an ATV plow blade or even a gravely plow blade will work for what you are trying to accomplish with your tractor with fabrication and hydraulics of coarse.