Free Standard Shipping within the Continental U.S. only. | Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm EST
A truck pushing snow to the side on a snowy road. A truck pushing snow to the side on a snowy road.
How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
November 25, 2020

A SNOWPLOW DRIVER'S CHECKLIST

WRITTEN BY: LEAH JOHNSON

Looking for some plowing best practices?

A white Christmas may look nice, but it can make holiday travel stressful, hectic, and downright dangerous. If you put a plow on your truck to make this time of year easier for your friends and family, or if you own a fleet of trucks and clear out parking lots, proper prep and maintenance is key to a successful season. There are a few boxes to check to get both your truck and plow ready for the hard work of shoving snow out of the way, but for the well-being of yourself and your equipment, it’s best to get it done.

Two Outdoor Concepts trucks with snowplow attachments. Two Outdoor Concepts trucks with snowplow attachments.

For your truck:

Check Your Truck First

Even if you keep up with your regularly scheduled maintenance, it’s a good idea to give your truck a once-over before plowing season. Keep in mind that failure to make sure your truck is in good working condition could get you stranded on the side of the road and paying for a tow truck.

1. Check the snowplow's fluids

From brake fluid to windshield washer fluid and everything in between. Make sure you’re topped off and ready to go.

2. Check your snowplow's brakes

Change your brake pads if needed and make sure everything else is in working order.

3. Tires and alignment for your snowplow

Check your tire pressure and have your truck aligned.

4. Windshield Wipers

Make sure they’re in good enough shape to give you a clear view.

5. Heater

Keep yourself nice and toasty despite the freezing temps outside. Don’t forget to check your defrosting system while you’re at it.

6. Snowplow Lights

Brake lights, headlights, turn signals. Make sure you can see others and others can see you.

7. Battery

Check your battery and charging system.

For your snowplow:

Even if you followed all of the proper steps after last season, it’s a good idea to go over everything again before you start plowing.

1. Check the bolts

Tighten any bolts or nuts that seem to be loose.

2. Check the hydraulic system

Make sure your fluid is at a good level and check for leaks.

3. Grease

Lubricate any joints and pivot pins.

4. Check parts that may need to be replaced

If your cutting edge is 3.5 inches or lower then you’ll need to replace it. Also, make sure your plow shoes are in good shape.

5. Adjust your spring tension

6. Check your plow lights

    Other Prep:

    1. Mark drives

    Use driveway markers to line areas where it might be tricky to tell where you need to plow.

    2. Blade Markers

    They’ll help you know where your blade ends to avoid colliding with curbs, poles, etc.

    3. Emergency kits

    Be prepared if you’re going out in harsh weather. Jumper cables, flashlights, shovels, and spare parts for your plow can help you in a pinch.

    4. Motivation

    Check your coffee maker to be sure it’s in good working condition and you’ve got plenty of coffee on hand.

      Follow these steps and your truck and plow should run smoothly through the winter but be sure to go through your owner’s manual and make yourself familiar with your plow and how it operates. Here at The ROP Shop, we carry a lot of replacement parts that can help you maintain your unit and keep it working well. Feel free to contact us if you need help finding a part. Or if you own a business and need to order multiples, we’ll be happy to look into special pricing for you!

      #theropshop #ruggedoutdoorproducts #outdoorpowerequipment #snowplow #snow #cold #winter #shearpins #stayrugged
      GEAR UP FOR WINTER
      PLOW IT, BLOW IT, THROW IT, SALT IT...WE GOT IT.
      Shop Snow Removal
      Items you might like...
      Do you ever finish deicing and shake your head at the amount of salt you went through? Maybe you’re checking the books for your snow removal business and trying to cut down on expenses. When minimizing costs, the best place to start is by reducing the amount of material, product, or time consumed. For snow removal, one of the biggest controllable items on that list is salt. Some snowplow crews will throw heavy just to ensure they cover the area, which is likely to result in wasted product. But the less salt you’re dumping, the more you’ll see back on your bottom line. The key here is finding the balance between using too much salt and not enough, shorting your client, and losing business. If you’re wanting to streamline your salt delivery system and ensure you’re managing your spreading to make the most money back, this blog is for you. Just remember that with a topic that includes words like “snow”, “cold” and “salt”, there will be a high number of variables to consider. Do you ever finish deicing and shake your head at the amount of salt you went through? Maybe you’re checking the books for your snow removal business and trying to cut down on expenses. When minimizing costs, the best place to start is by reducing the amount of material, product, or time consumed. For snow removal, one of the biggest controllable items on that list is salt. Some snowplow crews will throw heavy just to ensure they cover the area, which is likely to result in wasted product. But the less salt you’re dumping, the more you’ll see back on your bottom line. The key here is finding the balance between using too much salt and not enough, shorting your client, and losing business. If you’re wanting to streamline your salt delivery system and ensure you’re managing your spreading to make the most money back, this blog is for you. Just remember that with a topic that includes words like “snow”, “cold” and “salt”, there will be a high number of variables to consider.
      Read Article
      How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
      November 15, 2021
      PROFESSIONAL SALT APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR PARKING LOT WINTER MAINTENANCE

      Do you ever finish deicing and shake your head at the amount of salt you went through? Maybe you’re checking the books for your snow removal business and trying to cut down on expenses. When minimizing costs, the best place to start is by reducing the amount of material, product, or time consumed. For snow removal, one of the biggest controllable items on that list is salt. Some snowplow crews will throw heavy just to ensure they cover the area, which is likely to result in wasted product. But the less salt you’re dumping, the more you’ll see back on your bottom line. The key here is finding the balance between using too much salt and not enough, shorting your client, and losing business. If you’re wanting to streamline your salt delivery system and ensure you’re managing your spreading to make the most money back, this blog is for you. Just remember that with a topic that includes words like “snow”, “cold” and “salt”, there will be a high number of variables to consider.

      Whether you run a fleet or a single plow, at some point, you may have wondered if you’re charging enough for your snow removal services. This is an important question that may determine your business’s financial success. In this guide, we’ll teach you a simple and dependable approach for bidding on snow plowing projects which will help you offer competitive pricing while also making a profit. Our article isn’t comprehensive, but it should help you pinpoint keys to ensuring your business’s success. Whether you run a fleet or a single plow, at some point, you may have wondered if you’re charging enough for your snow removal services. This is an important question that may determine your business’s financial success. In this guide, we’ll teach you a simple and dependable approach for bidding on snow plowing projects which will help you offer competitive pricing while also making a profit. Our article isn’t comprehensive, but it should help you pinpoint keys to ensuring your business’s success.
      Read Article
      How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
      November 4, 2021
      HOW-TO BID SNOW REMOVAL CUSTOMER QUOTES AND PRICING FOR CLIENTS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SHIRT

      Whether you run a fleet or a single plow, at some point, you may have wondered if you’re charging enough for your snow removal services. This is an important question that may determine your business’s financial success. In this guide, we’ll teach you a simple and dependable approach for bidding on snow plowing projects which will help you offer competitive pricing while also making a profit. Our article isn’t comprehensive, but it should help you pinpoint keys to ensuring your business’s success...

      Are you new to plowing and don’t know where to start? If so, we get it! Determining the optimal pattern for your route(s) takes time. Even though experience is the best teacher, some tips and tricks from our seasoned professionals can’t hurt. Whether you’re a one-person team or have a small fleet, this article will help you get up to speed on plowing efficiently. Are you new to plowing and don’t know where to start? If so, we get it! Determining the optimal pattern for your route(s) takes time. Even though experience is the best teacher, some tips and tricks from our seasoned professionals can’t hurt. Whether you’re a one-person team or have a small fleet, this article will help you get up to speed on plowing efficiently.
      Read Article
      How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
      November 3, 2021
      SNOWPLOWING AND SNOW REMOVAL BASIC TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CONTRACTORS LOOKING TO BREAK INTO THE BUSINESS

      Are you new to plowing and don’t know where to start? If so, we get it! Determining the optimal pattern for your route(s) takes time. Even though experience is the best teacher, some tips and tricks from our seasoned professionals can’t hurt. Whether you’re a one-person team or have a small fleet, this article will help you get up to speed on plowing efficiently.

      Snowplow moving snow near driveway marker snow stakes. Snowplow moving snow near driveway marker snow stakes.
      Read Article
      How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
      September 10, 2021
      10 PRO TIPS: USING SNOW STAKES/DRIVEWAY MARKERS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SNOWPLOWING

      We’ve learned a thing or two during our 34+ years of plowing snow, we know that efficiency and precision are essential to staying profitable. When plowing, you don’t just want to be quick at clearing the lot so you can move on to the next. Check out a few of our tips from The ROP Shop's Rugged U...

      Your Cart
      0
      Item added to cart