Posted on: 18 August 2020Share
If you're going to invest in a new snow plow, you want it to last as long as possible. Ensuring long life for your snow plow can be difficult, especially if you use it every day during the winter. Luckily, it's not impossible to protect this machinery from winter wear and tear. Here are four simple steps you can follow to extend the life of your new plow.
Provide Weekly Cutting Edge Inspections
Now that you're going to have a brand-new snow plow, you may think the cutting edge is protected. But, that's not the case. The cutting edge on your plow will start wearing down the first time you use it. That's because the cutting edge comes in contact with the road. As it removes the snow, the cutting edge is being worn down and dulled. If the cutting edge loses too much of its length, the moldboard can get damaged. The best way to avoid that damage is to inspect the cutting edge at least once a week during the winter. That way, you can replace the cutting edge before it causes damage to the moldboard.
Monitor Hydraulic Fluid Levels
Your new snow plow will come with a full supply of hydraulic fluid. But, with daily use, that supply might run low quite quickly. Unfortunately, if you try to operate the machine without hydraulic fluid, you could overheat the entire system. To make sure that doesn't happen, check the levels on your hydraulic fluid at least once a month. If it's running low, top off the reservoir.
Apply Fresh Lubrication
Your new snow plow is going to be exposed to ice and snow throughout the winter. Because of that, it's important that you keep your plow properly lubricated. Lubrication helps to keep your plow moving properly. It also helps to protect against rust and corrosion. For maximum protection, you should lubricate your snow plow at the start of each season, and then once a month throughout the winter.
Remember Your Truck
Finally, if you're going to buy a new snow plow, don't forget about your truck. If your truck isn't in good shape, your snow plow isn't going to be as effective as it should be. You'll also put yourself at an increased risk for accidents and injuries. To avoid problems, check your tire pressure each morning, as low tire pressure can lead to accidents. Also, be sure to check the battery connections before the start of each snow removal session.