Time to Prepare Your Snow Removal Equipment for Winter

Category: Commercial Insurance

Snowplow operators and contractors know that purchasing and repairing equipment for a snow removal business is costly. You can get hit with repair costs and lost income if your vehicles and equipment have not been properly inspected and prepared for the most crucial time of the year—winter. Proper maintenance and preparation for the change of seasons can help you get the most out of your plows, spreaders and trucks so they stay up and running for the long haul.

It is never too soon to prepare your snow removal equipment for the season to come. You should perform your winter preparation activities in early fall in order to ensure that everything performs as it should when the first flakes fall.

Remember the following tips from The Snowplow Blogger.

Make sure your vehicles are prepared and running well:

  • Check tire pressure
  • Check all fluid levels, including engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid
  • Check oil pressure
  • Make sure the battery is working properly and that terminals are tightly connected with no corrosion
  • Check windshield wipers and the defrost system to be sure that they are working properly
  • Check headlights, brake lights and turn signals to ensure that they are working
  • Have adequate fuel for every plowing run

Inspect and make repairs to plows:

  • Inspect all bolts and fasteners
  • Inspect and re-torque all fasteners in the vehicle mount
  • Inspect all welds in the plow structure and the vehicle mount
  • Inspect the plow’s cutting edge and plow shoes, and replace if necessary
  • Change the hydraulic fluid
  • Tighten the grip and return springs
  • Grease the vertical pin and any pivot pins
  • Apply grease to all electrical connections on the truck and plow

You and your drivers should prepare an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle to ensure that it is with you on all plowing runs. It should include extra hydraulic fluid, hoses, fuses, trip/return springs, a safety strobe, flares, a tow strap and a shovel. And don’t forget the coffee!

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