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    54" Plow Wings

    Not sure if I should have put this into the existing "wing" thread or not, but here we go any way...

    I received my Artillian extension wings from Chris just in time for last week's snow storm we had here on the east coast, so I didn't have to wait long to try them out. The installation was fairly simple. The only thing I didn't have handy was some yellow paint to touch up the inside of the holes I drilled. The wings worked really well, adding a total of 12" inches of width to the plow. My 4110 has a pretty wide foot print for a compact due to the fatter turf tires being set in the wide position, and with the wings I was able to go full angle to either side and still clear a path for the rear tires. Without the wings, the plow is just wide enough to clear for the rear tires in the straight position, but ANY angle and I was running over fresh snow in the path of it. The wings are pretty stiff when mounted and pushed the snow well. I only saw a little flex in the bottom outer corners when pushing the really heavy stuff, but it didn't seem to affect the clearing path at all. I'm not much of a picture taker, but I did remember to grab a few.

    I managed to get the plow mounted just as the snow was starting. The timing couldn't have been much better! My plow already had the factory (I am presuming anyway, I bought the tractor used) rubber edge on it which hangs down lower than the wings. It squeezes down pretty good when lowered to the ground, so the resulting difference was minimal when plowing. I know Chris sells his own version of the rubber edge, and I am assuming that it is closer in height to the wings when installed.
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    We got a good bit of snow. This was what my deck looked like the following morning, and it was still coming.
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    These are a couple of shots I took from the cab when plowing.
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    That all being said, the wings are a terrific improvement to plowing snow with the ridiculously undersized 54" plow Deere cursed us with. I can't thank Chris enough for coming up with such a cost effective solution to this problem. It's certainly much cheaper solution than the Arthur Randall plows, and a lot less hassle than modifying a Jeep plow. I would only consider those options if I needed to push a lot of dirt. If you are just looking for the extra width to push snow, I would certainly recommend a set of the Artillian Wings.


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    Looks good Erik, thank you for the post and pictures, nothing like action shots.
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    Awesome post Erik! Glad it worked out for you!
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    Great review and pix! Couldn't have picked a better snowfall for testing!

    So far my review is that the wings come out of the package easily, smell good, contain all the necessary hardware and have clear consise directions! I'll try and get to mounting them this week before all the snowing stops for the season.
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    Thanks for the post and pictures. That was just what I wanted to hear and expected to hear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    Great review and pix! Couldn't have picked a better snowfall for testing!

    So far my review is that the wings come out of the package easily, smell good, contain all the necessary hardware and have clear consise directions! I'll try and get to mounting them this week before all the snowing stops for the season.
    The only thing I will add to the directions is: I found it easier to use smaller bit at first to drill a pilot hole before jumping to the 5/16 bit, even with a center punch. I also double checked how much rubber was exposed at both top and bottom of the plow once I had it clamped to make sure they were even before drilling. Measure twice, drill once I guess. Overall, the installation was really simple. I think you will be very happy with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik View Post
    The only thing I will add to the directions is: I found it easier to use smaller bit at first to drill a pilot hole before jumping to the 5/16 bit, even with a center punch. I also double checked how much rubber was exposed at both top and bottom of the plow once I had it clamped to make sure they were even before drilling. Measure twice, drill once I guess. Overall, the installation was really simple. I think you will be very happy with them.
    I generally do that with every drill job above ¼" since I don't have a drill press. My starter of choice is a 1/8" then ¼" and on up. 1/8" will stay in the punched spot easier and requires very little pressure. It may be "over drill" but I've always done hand drilling that way. I'm also a fan of "cutting oil" for drilling like this. Bits cut better and there's little chattering...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    "over drill"
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    Erik,

    It's great that the installation went well and they work as they should.

    Drilling starter holes is perfectly fine. The steel of this plow blade is so soft that pre-drilling didn't seem necessary. However, if someone is going to pre-drill, definitely start with something small such as 1/8". Pre-drilling with something like 1/4", then going to 5/16" will likely lead to chatter, binding etc which is going to be more dangerous than no pre-drill.

    With a proper center punch mark and a good sharp 5/16", there's no problem going right through this blade in one shot. But that's a matter of preference I guess. Thanks for the mention.

    Oh, and yes the wings are designed to fit with a new factory metal blade. They will also work with the Artillian Cutting Edges, of course. If the Deere rubber edge is a little long, everything should work in together with use. Those rubber edges seem to be able to conform to changes quite well.
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    Here's mine.

    All set to plow now!

    Another upside to these is that there is far less pain when you catch your leg on the end of the plow! I really need everything padded these days.

    I almost forgot the obligatory photo...

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