Now that you’ve got your new snowplow, what do you do?
It’s getting to be that time of the year. Soon the football game is going to be on during Turkey Day and you have just recently put the blade on the truck for the first time. In fact, you just might be new to driving a snowplow.
After last year, fighting the snow all winter with a measly plastic shovel or an antiquated snow blower that clogged up more snow than it threw, you decided that you weren’t going to go through that again. So, you went out and bought yourself a snowplow and are itching for the snow to fall.
Now that the blade is on the truck, do you know how to use it? For some, they decide that they will get the blade on and figure out how to use it afterwards. Well here are a few tips to help you so that you don’t take out part of the house or a side of the garage.
First, make sure that your truck is prepared to deal with the rigors of plowing. You want to ensure that the battery is fresh and that all the hydraulics and moving pieces are in order.
Second, if you plan to plow during dark hours, which are probably going to happen, then you need to make sure that you have adequate lighting. Either make sure you have enough on the front of the plow or there are exterior lights that will keep the driveway well lit. Don’t forget about tail lights and possibly putting a rear spot light on the truck.
Third, if you are new to plowing with your truck, you should go outside and visualize where you are going to dump the snow. This may not seem like a big deal now, but if you don’t have a good idea of where all the snow is going to go and how far back you need to push it, you could end up with piles of snow that you can’t throw back out of the way mid way through the winter.
These are just a few tips to help you with your snowplowing this year. With a little forethought, you should be able to have a breeze with your snowplowing this year.
Matt Ide is an avid outdoorsman who lives in the wilds of Northern Michigan and understands that plows are a lifeline to making it through the winter. You can read more articles as well as find reviews and quality parts for snowplows at his site: [http://www.extremesnowplows.com]
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