Rear Tractor Plow Advantage
The KAGE SHADOW BLADE was designed to increase the efficiency of the snow removal contractor. The SHADOW BLADE is a wing plow that can change direction (go out on either side of the vehicle). Combining this new versatility of a wing plow with the front blade, an operator is sure to find an increase in plowing width and effectiveness in passes. Use the SHADOW BLADE to not only increase the swath width of the front plow, but also to counter-act the crab walk effect when you are plowing heavy snow to one side. The SHADOW BLADE may also be used for bench-winging and plowing back banks of snow that lie along the curb and in ditches.
The SHADOW BLADE is patent protected with patent no. 8776406 – Other patents still pending.
Simple Joystick Control
With the Joystick Control the operate is able to fully control the movement of the SHADOW BLADE. Rather than having additional large joysticks or buttons, KAGE made it easy to operate the main joystick control. Now the operator can focus on the front plow!
The SHADOW BLADE has a ‘fold’ or ‘transport’ function where the blade can be folded in half for easy transportation when moving from site to site. It also beneficial for easy storage. Another benefit of the ‘transport’ function is that the operator will have a clear line of sight behind them while using the front plow.
This is the brains of the machine where all of the signals for movement and hydraulic fluids are run through for flawless performance.
Floating Top Link
The Shadow Blade is equipped with a floating top link so that the blade can float up and down, following contours of the pavement. Without instantaneous float up and down, the blade would inevitably leave snow behind. With the plow at the ‘normal plowing height’ ensure that your top link is in the middle of it’s float range. There is 5” total of travel. Adjust the turnbuckle until you have approximately 2.5” of thread (float gap) showing at the ‘sliding end’. It is normal that the SHADOW BLADE has a slight pitch downward when it is not resting on the ground. This enables the blade to have ‘float’ when it is down in the plowing position. With the added top link and pivoting cylinders, the SHADOW BLADE has a full floating and oscillating function. This is so that the blade can follow all contours of the ground being a parking lot, ditch, etc.
Piston Accumulator Relief
The Shadow Blade is equipped standard with a hydraulic piston accumulator which cushions blows that the blade will encounter, and also helps maintain curb lines. The accumulator acts as a high pressure gas spring. If you hit a large obstacle with the shadow blade, it will angle backward until it clears the obstacle. If you angle the shadow blade full forward, and continue to hold the joystick, you are filling the accumulator, and essentially overriding it’s effectiveness. When changing the angle in a forward motion, never hold the joystick down longer than you have to.
The locking plunger mechanism is a mechanical lock that prevents inadvertent drop of the shadow blade when it is in the ‘carry’ or stowed position, regardless of hydraulic failure. The hydraulic cylinder has a spring built into the extension function, thereby always pushing the plunger against the bulkhead trying to engage the pin in the slot. Not until the operator activates the rotate function, does the pin retract. When the wing is within +/- 5 degrees of TDC, the pin will engage a ‘holding slot’ in the bulkhead. When the pin is engaged in the slot, the wing cannot fall. Grease the pin with light weight grease every 20 hrs, or twice a year so that it does not seize up.
Rear Tractor Snow Plow Recommendations
- 1 Rear Auxiliary with constant flow detent
- Cat II 3 point hitch (most common)
- Recommended tractor weight no less than 9,500 LBS
- Weight KMX9 (Standard Assembly) – 1,620 lbs
- Weight Optional 17 Degree Wing Extension – 102 lbs
- Weight Optional Straight Wing Extension – 102 lbs
- Operating Voltage – 12VDC
- Operating Current – <20 amp
- Optional Laser Beam Classification – IIIR
- Moldboard Height – 33 in
Laser Guidance System:
The SHADOW BLADE has an optional laser guidance system that helps to remind the operator when the shadow blade is deployed off to either side, and helps keep the operator’s attention focused forward, rather than constantly looking backwards to see what is happening.
18 inch Wing Kit Extension
Just by mounting this optional 18 inch wing extension gives the operator the ability to contain and or plow more snow by either having the straight wing extension or the angled extension. All it takes is a few bolts to attach the wing and you have 18 more inches of plowing ability!