The bad weather is here. You can’t hide from it any longer. Here in PA, we have been fortunate to have missed a good portion of it, but our neighbors to the east have not been so lucky. But the weather here has been colder than normal, and for that reason, we all need to be prepared.
If I can give one piece of advice, it is this. Please do not wait until the first storm to check out your equipment. As the seasons change, get your snow removal equipment out and test it. Hook up your plows, make sure everything works. If they need some work, get them to your local shop to get the work done. Check your salt spreaders, brine sprayers, and snow blowers too. The last thing you, or your customers need, is to get caught in an unexpected storm, unprepared.
The hydraulic oil in snow plows have an anti-icing agent in them to help them when the temps dip really low, but over time, through condensation, water can get into those lines and freeze them up. We recommend flushing the system at the beginning of the season to make sure it will last you through the winter. And we would all love to be able to keep our equipment in a garage year round, but in reality, that isn’t always possible. Check for wires that may have been chewed on by critters, or damaged in other storms from debris.
Salt and brine can wreck havoc on all of your equipment, trucks included. So make sure you rinse everything out and lubricated for the next storm or season. Snow equipment is not easy on the wallet to replace. Make sure that you take care of everything so you can make an excellent return on your investment. Remember, check over everything out before the storms start rolling in, and everyone can have a happy and successful winter.