A snowplow is a piece of equipment that, for some, make a profit during the winter months. For that reason, you want to make sure it is in top condition before the first snowfall. If something happens on the first big snowfall, you are sitting, losing money while trying to find parts or get an appointment to get the plow fixed.
Listed are some items to look at when you are doing your preseason inspection.
– Look at all your electrical connections for possible corrosion, missing pins. It’s a good idea to grease them at this time also.
– Check all harnesses for wear marks on the wires. Mice LOVE to chew on these!
– Look at the mounting points for damaged or missing hardware. Check all welds on the mounting hardware and plow components.
– Check all nuts, bolts and fasteners for tightness.
– Check for play in the pivot bolt. These do wear over time.
– Check your cutting edge, trip springs, and other hardware to see if they are worn or are damaged.
– Inspect your lights and check for correct alignment.
– Inspect the hydraulic system for leaks and cracked or damaged hoses.
– Change your hydraulic fluid and filter before every season. Condensation builds inside the reservoir during the off season and can affect your plows performance. Be sure to use a snowplow grade hydraulic fluid as they are formulated to withstand a wide range of operating temperatures. Some Snowdogg filters can be cleaned instead of replacing them. Check your owners manual.
Once you inspect your plow, hook it onto your truck and run through all the functions. If something is not working right, give us a call so we can look at it.
Before you know it, our winter wonderland will look like this and you and your plow will be hard at work!