A snowplow is one of the most powerful and important tools that you have at your disposal, and it’s crucial that your snowplow be ready for action at all times throughout the winter season. You never know when a storm will blow in that you have to be prepared for! While no piece of equipment lasts forever, the proper usage, upkeep, and maintenance will often help you to keep a tool like a plow in good working order for longer periods of time, saving you money on the purchase of a replacement and keeping you ready for whatever the winter weather has in store. Here are some of the things you can do to help extend the lifespan of your snowplow!
It’s hard to make the time for this task when you’re in a hurry to get out on the road and start a job, but you should do your best to check over your snowplow before you use it, each and every time. Check the plow and the blade for cracks, corrosion, or loose connections, and inspect the hydraulic system, looking for leaks, kinks, cracks or wear in the lines, or lines that have come unconnected. Catching these things early and avoiding using the plow without fixing them for too long can greatly extend the life of your snowplow.
Another thing that will help keep your snowplow in good shape for longer is to be diligent about using it right and following the best practices for operating the equipment! Make sure you have your weight distributed properly throughout the vehicle and that you’re driving with good tire pressure while you’re plowing. Avoid rushing through a plowing job, which will not only result in poor work but can damage your blade. You should also try to avoid angling the blade forward too often, which can increase wear and tear if you do it for extended periods of time.
When the plowing work is done and you’re trying to get your vehicle and your snowplow from one place to another, it’s absolutely crucial that you transport the plow safely and correctly to protect it, and to protect your vehicle and yourself on the road. Always angle a straight plow to the right and put a wing plow in a retracted position before you start driving, never while you’re already on the road. Position the height of your plow carefully to ensure you aren’t blocking your headlights or the flow of air into the radiator. Once you’re in position, turn off the plow controls while you’re driving for safety. You should also keep your speed down even when you aren’t actively plowing if you’re driving with a snowplow. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
The thing that can affect the lifespan of your snowplow the most is actually what you do with it during the warmer months of the year. Improper storage of your plow can be the kiss of death for this piece of equipment, so it’s important not to cut corners when you’re putting it away for the season. Make sure the plow is completely clean and that you’ve changed the fluid and greased exposed metal parts to protect them. Store the plows inside if you can, and cover them well. With this extra attention to help them get through the summer unscathed, you can count on your snowplow being ready to go again come the winter months!
Taking the time and effort to use and maintain your snowplows properly can make all the difference when it comes to extending the lifespan of your plows, saving yourself both time and money. Treating your plows with the same care that you treat your truck is always a good approach, and if you think your snowplows could do with some repairs or maintenance from the professionals, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment is ready to help you! You can contact us today for more information.