Do you have a lawn tractor you use to plow snow? Ever wondered if you could make a manual snow plow attachment into a push button?
A friend of mine had a riding lawn mower and snow plow blade attachment. Every winter he used the riding lawn mower to plow the driveway. The plow was a kit that bolted on the front of the lawn tractor and it had a mechanicaly actuated adjustable snow plow blade. The issue and this project came about when the arm to adjust the snow plow blade broke.
I had just bought a mig welder. I had also watched linear actuators capable of handling 300lbs of force drop to $25 on ebay.
Here's what I came up with for converting a riding lawn mower snow plow into an electricity adjusted lawn tractor plow.
The lawn tractor snow plow kit had seen better days. The fork that attaches it had bent /deflected and spread. I used a map gas torch and a bench vise to squeeze the tongs back and then welded some L channel angle iron on the sides.
I also tack welded some very thin steel on the inside of where the plow arm sits. This was to close the gap and took some play out where the arm meets the fork.
Extending the Arm
After giving the plow arm U channel the same torch and vice treatment I extended the arm with some remaining l channel