Rear Mounted 3-Point Tractor Snow Plow
The KAGE® ShadowBlade Back Blade Snow Plow System is designed specifically for tractors over 9,500 lbs. The aggressive angle of the moldboard keeps the snow churning forward minimizing drag on the tractor. As a reversible snow plow wing, you can use the rear mounted blade on either side of the tractor.
The SHADOWBLADE combined with our signature SNOWSTORM System will literally push a ton of snow. Clean large lots and parking areas in less time than it takes a crew running 3 trucks!
SHADOWBLADE 3 Point Tractor Snow Plow System
Rear Hitch Mounted Tractor Plow Advantage
The KAGE ShadowBlade was designed to increase the efficiency of the snow removal contractor. The ShadowBlade is a wing plow that can change direction (go out on either side of the vehicle).
Combining the versatility of a wing plow with a front blade, an operator is sure to find an increase in plowing width and effectiveness in passes. Use the ShadowBlade 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 ShadowBlade may also be used for bench-winging and plowing back banks of snow that lie along the curb and in ditches.
The ShadowBlade is patent protected with patent no. 8776406 – Other patents still pending.
With the joystick control, the operate is able to fully control the movement of the ShadowBlade.
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 ShadowBlade 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 ShadowBlade 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 its 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 ShadowBlade 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 ShadowBlade has a full floating and oscillating function. This is so that the blade can follow all contours of the ground including a parking lot, ditch, etc.
Piston Accumulator Relief
The ShadowBlade 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 ShadowBlade, 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 its 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 ShadowBlade 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 ShadowBlade has an optional laser guidance system that helps to remind the operator when the ShadowBlade 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
It is available as either a straight wing extension or an angled extension.
All it takes is a few bolts to attach the wing and you have 18 more inches of plowing ability!
At KAGE Innovation, we’re dedicated to providing our customers all of the knowledge needed to make an educated decision for utilizing “The Better Way” for their homes and businesses. Here, you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions about rear snow blades and 3-point plows, including the ShadowBlade. We’ll address the pain points of snow removal and general guides to purchasing, use and maintenance of products like the ShadowBlade. Click on the headlines below to read blogs about those topics.
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Oct. 24, 2023 – Learn all about trip edges, including the purpose, sizing, how they are activated and how they function. We compare the trip edges on all of KAGE’s snow blades and pusher including the ShadowBlade, SnowFire, SnowFire BLAST, SnowStorm and SnowDozer. This blog also explains the differences between trip edges vs full trip moldboards, single trip edges vs split trip edges, and types of springs best more making the cutting edge rebound after tripping.
KAGE plows are designed move snow in the simplest and most efficient way possible while reducing the risk of damage to obstacles, the plows, machines and operators. Here we’ll breakdown the top 10 safety features and accessories for snow plows. Some of these come standard and others are optional. They included everything from damage reducing skids, cutting edge, hydraulic features and float to laser guides.