Tis the season for snow! If you live in a region that gets quite a few inches, being able to plow yourself can save you money and hassle. And operating a snow removal business can be a great source of income. But snow plow trucks and the plows themselves must be well-maintained to take on the winter challenge. Ideally, you would do a thorough maintenance and care before the plowing season hits, but routine checks on various components can save you big repair expenses and prevent the plow being out of service at an inopportune time.
Snow Plow Maintenance Tips from Your Winter Windshield Wiper Makers
Although Everblades windshield wipers work well in any season, winter driving is our top concern. We are proud that our winter windshield wipers increase visibility and safety for all drivers, but it takes more than just checking your wipers to ensure a well-working plow truck! Following regular maintenance tips for snow plows is crucial for a stress-free, successful plowing season.
- Check all snow plow bolts – they may need to be changed or tightened to reduce play in the plow action.
- Grease pivot points and replace securely.
- Inspect and clean electrical connections.
- Look at all cylinders, hoses, and pumps for leaks and fix if necessary.
- Inspect the plow mount for signs of deterioration or rust.
- Check the cutting edge of the plow. If it is becoming worn, not addressing the issue could result in expensive repairs in the future.
- Change the snow plow hydraulic fluid.
- Check all the plow truck fluid levels including oil, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze.
- Inspect and align the lights on the snow plow.
- Replace plow truck headlights, taillights, and blinker bulbs.
- Check the tire pressure often – this can not only prevent future problems but can save you on gas expenses for the truck.
- Inspect and clean the truck’s battery terminals.
- Visually check the plow truck’s windshield wipers for signs of wear. If you are seeing streaks, it’s time for new wipers!
Stock Spare Windshield Wipers and Emergency Supplies
Chances are you have been caught at the worst possible time with failing windshield wipers. Changing the wipers in the middle of a snow storm is no fun at all, so prevent this by keeping replacement wiper blades on hand. And if you aren’t yet using Everblades Heated Windshield Wipers for your plow truck, order yours today! Snow plow drivers love the added visibility and easier driving that these heated winter wipers bring – see for yourself by visiting our testimonials page!
In addition to replacement windshield wipers, you should stock your plow truck with a few items for safety, easy fixing, and emergency situations, including:
- Tool kit
- Tow strap
- Jumper Cables
- First Aid Kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Bag of sand, salt, or kitty litter
- Spare fuses and light bulbs
- Extra hydraulic fluid
Better Plowing with Everblades Windshield Wipers
Who else is faced with such continuous harsh winter driving conditions than snow plow drivers? On days where other drivers just stay home, plow trucks are expected to brave the weather and low visibility to keep the roads and driveways open and passable. That’s why Everblades Heated Windshield Wipers are ideal for plow drivers! Learn more about the benefits of these durable windshield wipers, which last up to three times longer than standard wipers. Ready to see clearer now?