Preseason Snowplow Inspection

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!

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What snowplow is right for you?

There are many different types of snowplows: straight, V-blade, UTV plow, steel, poly, etc. It can be a little overwhelming if you are not sure what type of plow you need for the work you are doing.

Snowplows

If you want a plow purely for home use, or even to clear a few family members’ or friends’ driveways, a straight blade will be more than sufficient.

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If you own a UTV or ATV, you could consider a snowplow that will work with your vehicle. These are good for personal use at home or at camp, as their plowing capabilities are almost equal to the efficiency of those of a plow for smaller sized pick-up trucks.

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If you are looking to plow commercially such as parking lots, long rural driveways or side roads or if you plan on having more than just a few accounts, you may want to consider a V-plow. The multi-position capabilities of V-plow will make plowing snow easier and faster, keeping you moving from one job to the next.

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Straight blades are still a big seller as they are a less costly than a V-blade. However, due to the multi-position capabilities of a V-plow, it is able to direct snow much differently than a straight blade. In the “scoop” position, a V-plow can stack snow in a way that a straight blade simply can’t match. Slicing through snow that has frozen overnight is also vastly easier with a V-plow. While in the “V” position, the plow’s sharp arrowhead configuration cuts through hard snow better than the flat edge of a straight blade, making operation easier on the plow, truck and operator.

Plow Materials 

They all have their strengths and weaknesses.  Of the three, poly is the most slick. Snow will not stick to blade and will slide off the side faster and easier. Poly is also virtually indestructible.  One common misconception is that poly is lighter than steel. In fact, most poly plows are heavier than steel because of the reinforced steel framework that rests behind the poly moldboard.

Stainless steel is corrosion and rust resistant. Consequently, it is more prone to dents and scratches. Any rocks you hit will leave “dings” on the plow. Over time, this may look unsightly and could affect the plows performance.

Mild steel is the industry standard. It has been used to manufacture plows for decades. Steel plows are treated with a zinc powder coating to help prevent rust; however, over time rust will occur. Still, mild steel plows can be relied upon to be durable, rigid, and valuable.