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    Snow Plow cutting edge

    I hope I am posting in the correct forum. If not MODs feel free to move.

    My 8' Western Snow Plow (truck mounted) needs a new cutting edge. It's 1/2 x 6 x 96. I could not believe the price I was quoted, then they said there will be about $50 shipping to the store.

    My question are they heat treated? Hardened? Would it be cheaper to buy a piece of hot rolled steel and add the holes myself?
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    I've seen quite a few just go buy a chunk of steel and drill the holes...they seem to last pretty well. You're not plowing 150 miles a day....or are you?
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    Zebrafive, I'm feel certain they are hardened but not 100% sure.
    How much plowing are you doing?
    What would the cost difference be?
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    zebra five; any decent welding shops around u?? they (welding shop) should be able to punch ur plow bolt holes for u. I like square punched holes better then drilled ones, of course with drilled holes u could put locking nuts on too. cutting edges are just high priced for the most part--I guess because of the punched holes and the type of steel being used. how long did the orginal cutting edge last for u? maybe that will tell u why their so high dollar!! good luck, big jim

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    Yes, they're heat treated and a high carbon steel. They're also expensive- don't know what you were quoted, but the 10' edge for my blade cost almost $300. Lot of money for a chunk of steel.

    You could use a piece of mild flat bar, but it won't wear nearly as long. You may also have to buy it in a 20' stick if you go to a steel supplier, but at least then you'd have enough to make extras.
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    Go talk to your local state or municipal maintance shop. I know we take off plow blades that still have a little life in them but won't last a storm plowing a Interstate. See how it lines up. We throw the in the scrap bin. They would last years for a homeowner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Hanson View Post
    I've seen quite a few just go buy a chunk of steel and drill the holes...they seem to last pretty well. You're not plowing 150 miles a day....or are you?
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    No where near that much!

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    Zebrafive, I'm feel certain they are hardened but not 100% sure.
    How much plowing are you doing?
    What would the cost difference be?
    Only plow four drives now
    I have not priced Hot Roll steel or having 8 square holes punched, but for factory $142, plus approx. $50 shipping, then sales tax, so just over $200

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    zebra five; any decent welding shops around u?? they (welding shop) should be able to punch ur plow bolt holes for u. I like square punched holes better then drilled ones, of course with drilled holes u could put locking nuts on too. cutting edges are just high priced for the most part--I guess because of the punched holes and the type of steel being used. how long did the orginal cutting edge last for u? maybe that will tell u why their so high dollar!! good luck, big jim
    Western uses square holes and carriage bolts with lock nuts. I am guessing 15-20 years out of the first one. Maybe just pay the price

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    Yes, they're heat treated and a high carbon steel. They're also expensive- don't know what you were quoted, but the 10' edge for my blade cost almost $300. Lot of money for a chunk of steel.

    You could use a piece of mild flat bar, but it won't wear nearly as long. You may also have to buy it in a 20' stick if you go to a steel supplier, but at least then you'd have enough to make extras.
    I have not priced Hot Roll, but would not want to buy a 20' length
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    These cutting edges are said to be hardened but they are also using plastic cutting edges on some plows now so I would think a piece of mild steel would probably work for many years however if you have to pay to have square holes put in it it's probably not going to be any cheaper

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    Well before you go and order a factory one price out the material and cutting at some place like Steel Center in So Ha, you might be surprised at the price even if you have to buy a 20' length, that way you would get 2 blades!
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    I saw on an episode of MODERN MARVELS that snow plow scraping edges are also made from solid carbide. Talk about HARD! A quick Google shows no actual hardness spec but most companies claim ten to twenty times the life of the common hot rolled steel blades.

    Another possibility for material would be T-1 abrasion resistant steel plate. Comes in 321 brinnel hardness, which is right at the point of still being able to drill with good sharp drills. Most common way of cutting is using abrasive blades, BIG abrasive blades. Also a 360 brinnel plate available. Too hard to work with common tooling. Abrasive saw/cut only and EDM holes.

    Bottom line, you could backward engineer a blade that could cost your THOUSANDS of Dollars. I'd buy the factory edge!

    I welded a 1/2" X2" mild steel bar to the bottom of my blade about 14-15 years ago. Flat side down. It doesn't scrape real well, but the bar is wore down to about a quarter inch thick now. I'm planning on welding a scraping edge on the blade next fall. I wore the original cutting edge too far down. The big heavy angle iron reinforcing the bottom edge of the blade was not actually touching the blade, was in fact 1/8"-3/16" away from the blade!
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