I attempted to use my 2017 x394 with snow blade to plow about 7" of light snow on my gravel driveway last Friday for the first time. I'd never plowed anything before so it was a learning curve for me. One thing I learned is to either remember, or mark, any immobile objects in my path. This blade has no spring loaded tripping feature, so when you hit something you know it!
Anyway, I ended up hitting a bolted down marker pretty hard and it bent the blade angle locating pin on the remote angling kit I bought with the tractor. After that any pressure on the plow would kick the pin out of the hole, allowing the blade to swivel a full 90 degrees. I've attached a picture of the pin.
After racking my brain how to temporarily lock the blade so that I could finish the driveway, and trying 3 different methods, all of which didn't work for more than 10 feet, I gave up, deciding that I would have to replace the pin before trying again. Of course the local dealer didn't have any in stock so I had to order two which will be here in 6 days.
Anyway, I was wondering if anybody else had used this blade angling kit and had a better/similar/worse experience?
I was also wondering if I should just bite the bullet and sh*t can the angling kit and go back to the tried and true method of just getting off the seat and just dropping a pin in place by hand? Thoughts?
P.S. - Also, it seems that there is way excessive "looseness" in the pivot connection between the blade and the black triangular mounting frame that you can see in the pictures. I'm thinking that this is also a contributor to the angle pin popping out; when-ever the blade tilts up and down from side to side, it allows the angle pin engagement to become much less. I'm guessing that this "looseness" is to act like a float for the blade, but it just seems quite excessive. Would it be a bad thing to replace the spring clip retained pivot pin with a shoulder bolt and nut tightened down enough to reduce the blade tilting but still allow swiveling?