5 Tips for Maintaining Your Snow Plow This Winter
Snow is already on the ground. Is yourfleet ready for the brutal winter ahead? It’s not uncommon for snow to continue falling until mid-April. That’s why you need to do everything in your power to make sure your snow removal equipment lasts that long.
Taking care of your snow plows will help ensure that you’re able to compete with other snow removal companies until the end of winter. Continue reading to learn our 5 tips for maintaining your snow plow until the spring thaw.
If you have any questions about maintaining your plow this winter, please feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.
- 1. Store Your Equipment Properly
Do NOT store your snow removal equipment wet and encrusted with salt. Otherwise, you’ll have to clean a big mess the next time you need to use the equipment. Since Michigan weather is unpredictable, you want to make sure that your snow removal equipment is ready at a moment’s notice. For example, it’s not uncommon for us to get snow as early as Halloween and into November.
Being prepared will give you an edge over your competition. The last thing you want is to frantically clean, repair, and service your equipment while your competition is clearing parking lots. Likewise, if you’re responsible for a municipal snow plow fleet, residents will be depending on you to keep the roads clear and safe.
- 2. Inspect Equipment During the Off-Season
Even during the off-season, it’s important that you keep track of your snow removal equipment to ensure that it’s in good working condition. Otherwise, you may have an unpleasant surprise when it’s time to get your snow plow fleet onto the roads.
- 3. Install New Plows Early
Late fall is the busy season for many shops who new snow plows installed to the fronts of your vehicles. The sooner you attach your new snow plows to your vehicles, the more prepared you’ll be when the snow starts to stick to the ground.. That’s why it’s important to get in early if you need repairs. Otherwise, you may need to wait in line behind your competition to get
- 4. Maintain Your Pickup Trucks
Don’t forget to maintain your pickup trucks this year. After all, you won’t be able to plow any driveways, streets, or parking lots if your pickup trucks don’t run.
Also, it’s important to remember that most auto repair shops will charge you extra for emergency repairs that can’t wait until their regular business hours. Since snow plow companies do most of their work while the city is asleep, an emergency repair could cost you a lot more than if you had just invested in vehicle maintenance in the first place.
Make sure that your vehicles receive their yearly maintenance, especially before the season starts. This may involve changing the oil or making sure there’s no mechanical damage. Snow plowing can be hard on pickup trucks, which is why it’s important to make sure they get the maintenance they need to run all winter long.
- 5. Call Fredrickson Supply for Snow Removal Equipment
Fredrickson Supply sells snow removal equipment in Grand Rapids, MI and surrounding areas. To request a free quote and learn more about our commercial and municipal snow plows for sale, call Fredrickson Supply at (888) 949-2385.