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  • #2
    Re: Plow covers

    on the large plows, they are ok. on small plows, its a ball call waiting to happen. i covered all plows here 3 1/2 years ago with old carpets, only the large remain. either the small plow cover eventually curls, catching pins, or a pin just sticks to it like glue, allowing pins to pile.

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    • #3
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      It does cut the noise down a little.I worked a center that had put a strip of old dist. belt along the bottom edge of each plow. You have to have a totally clean surface and use some 3m spray adhesive, whatever you put on there will stick a long, long time.As far as pins idle, I've pulled off more than one plow cover only to have the pins idle in the same spot.I was thinking maybe some of that expanding foam on the backs would cut down the noise a little too.

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      • #4
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        I removed all mine. Could not weld them with out starting a fire.

        It may help on the noise, but once you get a full house of leagues going you won't here them anyways.

        Mike
        Mike

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        • #5
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          i have used carpet for years and keep it clean. The pins keep cleaner, and pins idling, i put down to the brackets under the carpet becoming bent down, and carpets getting soft. You can see the pin falling into a hole (soft spot) and rolling round and round, but they only sit till the next pins come through.plows last longer and i use velcro (thats what its called here) fix one strip to the plow and one to the piece of carpet. Easy to remove and keep clean.It is like little hooks on tape and when pushed together they grip each other.I also use it on chassis lids, easy to remove lids and no chance of the clips falling into the chassis.worth a try and inexpensive.
          maister

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          • #6
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            We did this one time. I thought it worked pretty good. A lot of our plows were chipped and jagged edged, so it help cut down on pin damage. It also made the back-end a little less noisey. I think it also helps with preventing idling pins on the plows.

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            • #7
              Re: Plow covers

              We use thin commercial carpeting sprayglued to the plow faces. Keeps the noise down, but need to be cleaned frequently to keep dirt, oil, and grime from building up and transferring on to the pins every time they touch the plow. They get cleaned with a solution of Super-Clean or White Glove and water sprayed on 'em, then drawn back out with a shop-vac, followed by clean water, and another shot of the shop-vac. Takes about 4 mins per machine to clean the covers.

              I was going to try to make up some kind of velcro attachment for them, but I'm not sure it'd hold too good. Aftermarket "Plow cloths" are too thin to cut down noise... they're only supposed to help keep things clean.
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              • #8
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                We tried old carpeting, but ended up taking it all off. It only lasts a couple years and you have to change it. Too much of a hassle to me.

                Pete

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                • #9
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                  We got our 70's in '76 (from Japan ) and two mach.'s had plow covers. They also ran strips of thin carpeting in the pockets of the B E wheel. I left them on for awhile, but they had to be cleaned all the time. As the pieces started to peel off I removed all of the carpeting. I can't imagine trying to maintain 48 mach.'s, with extra carpeting, along with the usual maintenance.
                  &quot;Gun control is the policy of tyrants&quot;
                  Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Plow covers

                    I'm with maister and nedap on this one, I've got one pair of lanes with Twisters on test. I fitted old dist belt on to the plows on 16 and left 15 "in the nude!" After 3 weeks there is a noticable difference in pin wear, no little nicks etc on the pins on 16. The bellys don't seem to scuff up as much either.

                    Not as much sound sound difference as I expected though.
                    I'm Brian and so is my wife.......

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                    • #11
                      Re: Plow covers

                      I have pondered the idea of using a spray-on bed liner product? Of course this would hamper repairs as far as welding, but if applied smooth enough it should cause no effects to the pins and supply ample sound deadening capabilities?
                      If anyone has already tried this I would love to hear your experience with it.
                      It's been awhile but I have much more to share!!!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Plow covers

                        Rhino liner would probably work OK... I think I'd do some strengthening of the welds and edges to try to avoid having to weld on it after it was applied... but it'd probably work. Dunno how long it would last with pins bouncing off it constantly.

                        Give 'em a call and tell them you have a great marketing idea for them. "We've coated the surfaces of this bowling machine with Rhino Liner... look at how well it holds up after six months of bowling pins crashing into it... imagine how well it'll hold up on your truck bed." Let them pay YOU to try it... [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]
                        <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>

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                        • #13
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                          nice idea Gman! Thanks!
                          It's been awhile but I have much more to share!!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Plow covers

                            Bump !!

                            Anyone using the distributer belt idea ??

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                            • #15
                              Re: Plow covers

                              I first saw it on here a few years ago when I started out. Put it on a lane and it seemed to work great but the other mechanic (no HM at the time per se) thought it was a stupid idea and ripped it out. I forgot all about it but think I will try it out this season at my place.
                              Failed safety course.Question #1:In case of fire what steps do you take? Apparently 'Friggin long ones!" is the wrong answer.

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