Snowy conditions will be here before you know it. Whether you’re a dedicated worker in the field or a hardy resident, snow can be a challenge to move without the right tools. Who wants to pull out a snow shovel anyway? Grab your Fisher snow plows and get ready for the winter season. There are several tips to follow so that you can be the hero of the block or entire freeway system.
1. Check Under the Hood
Although a snow plow is an accessory to your vehicle, there are still parts that need a thorough evaluation. Check under the hood by looking at all of the hydraulic and mechanical mechanisms, such as:
- Pump solenoids
- Hydraulic hoses
NAPA suggests that you should check the vehicle at the same time as the plow. The vehicle will be taking on the hardest part of the job: forcing its way across a covered roadway.
Verify these features of your car, including:
- A good battery
- Secure electrical connections
- Good-quality tires
Don’t skimp on fuel either. It takes extra energy to move those drifts! Before you plow driveway areas or outright roadways, fill up the vehicle until it’s full.
2. Stake Out the Driveway
If you’re planning on clearing out driveways, be sure to stake them before a big snowfall. Fisher snow plowsare quality machines, but they cannot see the road for you. Drivers must know where the boundaries are on each driveway. Stakes with reflectors on them are a perfect way to pave the way toward accurate plowing.
When you’re plowing out a city street, be sure to leave any snowdrifts to the side of the residents’ driveways. They need a clear pathway out of their plowed driveways too. It’s hard work for both residents and professional drivers!
3. Plan With the Storm
The professionals know a few secrets when it comes to plowing. A good rule of thumb is to plow during a mild storm. This strategy may seem counterintuitive, but it actually has some merit.
Plowing a road or driveway during a storm means that the newest snow or ice will be quickly removed. There’s no time for it to harden, which creates a more difficult job tomorrow. Don’t worry about the strange looks that you might receive during a storm-time plow. You know what you’re doing.
4. Use the V
Straight blades are functional on snow plows, but a “V” edge is much more versatile, states Lawn & Landscape. The blade shifts to 45-degree angles with a pivot point in the middle on a Fisher V plow. Clear away the edges of a property or highway with sloped sides, for instance. You control where the snow goes with this movable blade.
Create a “V” shape with the blade so that you can use the pointed side on hardened snow and ice. Create a crack in the icy formation so that you can push it aside. Straight edges tend to have problems during these applications.
5. Adding a Salt Spreader
Fisher snow plows have served you well. The road is clear. It may not remain that way for very long, however. Winter has a funny way of surprising even the most experienced residents.
Think about adding a salt spreader to your plowing setup. These containers fit onto the plow so that salt can drop down as you pass across an area. The salt lowers the ice and snow’s freezing points, which leads to melting conditions where you want to keep an area clear.
Salt spreaders are mainly used for commercial or municipal purposes, such as within parking lots. There won’t be a need to return for several weeks with this spreader used during the winter.
Do you have questions about your Fisher V plow? Test our knowledge at Motion & Flow Control Products. We specialize in parts and service for your machines. Tackle mother nature’s fury with snow plows that stand the test of time. A clear pathway will be the hallmark of your achievements this winter.