If you live in Sault Ste. Marie or Northern Ontario, you can expect to see a large abundance of snow during the winter season. Snow plow operators take on the large responsibility to keep the roads clear and safe for all drivers during the winter. Proper care and maintenance of your snow plow is needed in order to avoid unnecessary damage and malfunctions.
Preparing for Winter
- Inspect the hydraulic system and replace the hydraulic fluid.
- Check the condition of the cutting edge. If it is worn or damaged, look to get a replacement.
- Inspect the plow lights to make sure they are functioning properly.
- Check all nuts, bolts, springs, hoses, screws and fittings and tighten if any are loose.
- Make sure all of the plows functions, such as the lift, are working properly.
- Grease the vertical pin if you own a v-plow
- Test the truck’s charging system and the battery.
- Check the cylinders, hoses and pump for leaks
- Inspect the vehicle/plow mount to make sure it is operating correctly.
- Make sure all electrical connections are clean and properly placed.
- Check the oil levels and grease electrical connections regularly
- Check the lights, controls and electrical components (flashing yellow light)
- Check the wear on cutting edge after each use
- Check welds and structural steel for any damage
- Check trip springs
- Check the bolts on the mount before and after several uses for loosening,
speciallywhen they are first installed
- When storing your plow, try to keep it covered and off the ground (on a cement/concrete pad is ideal)
- Check oil levels and grease electrical connections and bearings before storing
- Lubricate the pivot points and the chains
- Touch up the paint of your plow
If you’re having any troubles with your plow or significant maintenance is required, give us a call to make an appointment. We do not charge for quotes or professional advice. Our main goal is to keep your equipment in top condition and to keep everyone safe out on the roads.