Best pipe puller for plow?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Edgemaster, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. Edgemaster

    Edgemaster LawnSite Member
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    We bought a bobcat mt55 and a vibratory plow attachment. It came with the standard bobcat version pipe attachment that you kinda thread the pipe onto. Plow works good but pipe has pulled loose a few times, broken a few times. Just wondering who makes the best one? Where to get it? And the price? Thanks!
     
  2. Wet_Boots

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    This is PVC pipe? Sch 40? Poly pipe? When the pipe is breaking, that doesn't point at the grip. What size 'bullet' is clearing the pathway for the pipe?
     
  3. aric43085

    aric43085 LawnSite Member
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    The best pipe puller is the dw 410.
     
  4. Dirty Water

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    I think he is referring to the pipe grip, not the plow itself.

    We have always had fairly good luck with the chinese finger type pullers.
     
  5. aric43085

    aric43085 LawnSite Member
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    The DW 410 is the stromgest plow out there.
     
  6. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
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    ...It's a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Straight 8. Fireball 8. Only 8,985 production models. Dad lets me drive slow on the driveway. But not on Monday, definitely not on Monday.
     
  7. Dirty Water

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    Hehe, as someone who has plowed many thousands of feet in with a 410, I'll agree its an excellent plow. Perhaps the strongest pedestrian sized plow, I never had a chance to run a vermeer LM35 against it, but I'd bet they are close. It doesn't hold a candle to some of the heavy duty plows built by DW and vermeer, but nobody uses those for residential irrigation (Ever plowed in a 4" pipe?)

    But lets get back to the topic. John Deere Landscapes sells the chinese finger grips.
     
  8. Wet_Boots

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    How many others out there are encountering broken PVC pipe, when pulling it? Perhaps the Bobcat MT55 has a tighter steering radius than the pulling process can withstand. I only have broken poly pipe when the total friction against the pulled pipe becomes too much for the material to withstand. Strictly dependent on soil conditions, and straightness of the run.
     
  9. Edgemaster

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    The times it has broken the pipe, it was broken right where the pipe threads onto the puller. What brand of the "chinese fingers" does everybody use? Oh and yes, the bobcat will turn pretty sharp while pulling so that might have something to do with it? But even on straight runs, it has pulled loose from the pipe a few times so I need to switch to a different attachment. I'm using sch 40 ppe and also 200.
     
  10. Wet_Boots

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