6-POINT INSPECTION FOR STORING YOUR SNOWPLOW FOR THE SEASON
Here's our end of season checklist for snowplow storage.
Whether you are a lone snowplow driver or in charge of a fleet of vehicles, The ROP Shop understands the importance of maintenance. If your business utilizes a snowplow seasonally, there is a checklist to follow at the end of the season when storing the plow away. Following these procedures, you may be able to extend the life of your plow as well as reduce repairs and save money. Here are 5 tips that will help you along the way as your season comes to an end:
1 — Wash Your Plow
Even though the plowing season may seem short to some, over that period, plows can build up a large amount of sand and salt buildup. It is a great idea to give your snowplow a thorough wash. Rusting and corrosion can occur to both the vehicle the plow is attached to, and the plow itself if care is not taken. In addition to ensuring it is completely clean, applying an auto wax to your plow.
2 — Store Indoors
If you can avoid storing your equipment outside, do so. Natural elements can drastically affect a plow’s structure and appearance. If parking it indoors is not possible, then putting your plow up on blocks or storing it so that it is not in contact with the ground will protect it from unwanted exposures. The ROP Shop's snowplow casters (Rol-A-Blade) will help you with keeping it off the ground and moving it from one place to another.
3 — Hydraulic system
Without the hydraulic system, the plow becomes inoperable. Go over the pump and its connections. Look for damaged or worn hoses and fittings. The ROP Shop offers many of the necessary replacement parts so that you will be ready for the following season. Moisture can build up in the hydraulic system over the time the plow is sitting and could lead to added rust. Replace the old hydraulic oil with new oil will help as well. If possible, also look at replacing the plow pump assembly filter.
4 — Grease Parts
Greasing any parts that have repetitive motions, is a good idea. The angle and lift cylinders where there is exposed chrome is where to apply. To expose the lift cylinder, you will need to move the tower until it is compressed, exposing the area that needs to be greased. Any zerks on the unit should have some added as well. For any electrical components that can be greased, it is good practice to apply it there as well, along with greasing plugs and connections with the dielectric grease.
5 — Springs
Before storing it is a good idea to loosen your trip return springs to relieve the tension that was placed on them at the start of the season. Reducing the level of tension on these springs will prolong their life.
6 — Accessories
Beyond the core components of your plow, other key parts needing a once-over before storing it for the season. Review your plows controller stick for wear or nonworking buttons. The ROP Shop is a great place to start with any needed replacement parts and accessories. Check your plow shoes for excessive wear. Also, check your truck halogen lights for bad bulbs or whole unit replacement. You will also need to look at your blade marker guides to see if they need to be replaced. Finally, consider adding Pro-Wings to the ends of your blade that will add life to your blade and help give you a little more reach when the white gold falls again.
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