Winter is slowly coming to an end which means it’s time to put away all the snow toys and tools that have been pulled out. One of the biggest tools you’ll need to give some extra pre-storage attention to is your snow plow. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just shove the plow in the garage and leave it.
Follow this list of the common mistakes people make when storing their snow plows (we ourselves like Fisher snow plows) to make sure you have a plow that’s in good working order for next year!
- Not scrubbing it down (and causing accidental damage)
Your plow has seen a lot more than snow this season. Salt, sand, dirt, and other debris are major contributors to corrosion. If it’s left to sit all year you could return to your plow and find nothing but a pile of rust. A simple wash down with warm water and soap should do the trick.
If you’re like us and you love your Fisher snow plows, make sure you avoid the pressure washer to avoid any accidental damage. There are a lot of electrical components on your plow and a pressure washer could do some real damage.
- Forgetting to perform an inspection
While you’re washing and drying your plow, take a look at any damage that might have occurred this season. Look for any fluid leaks as they will now be more visible on a clean surface. Check the lines for kinks or breaks and make sure the body of the plow is still in good shape. It’s better to find the damage now while you have time to fix it rather than later when the snow is falling and you’re behind the eight ball.
- Waiting to change fluids (and letting water get in)
Don’t wait until next year to change the hydraulic fluid in the plow. If you wait until you’re ready to pull it out again, you run the risk of water getting in, and that’s really not good.
Check the manual first to make sure you have the right kind of hydraulic fluid for your plow. This is also a good time to clean and/or replace the filter on the pump. The filter has dealt with a lot this season and is likely full of dirt and debris. Check out this video from Fisher snow plows to see how they recommend you perform your annual fluid change.
- Storing outdoors
A huge mistake that many people make is just letting their snow plows just sit parked outside! The elements are not a friend to your snow plow and the best bet is to find a place inside.
Take some time to make sure that your plow has a spot in the garage or storage shed that is dry and big enough for you to get it in and out without too much hassle. If you can find a pallet to store it on, that’s even better. Getting it up off the ground will keep moisture from getting underneath it which could cause corrosion.
- Not greasing down key components
You’re almost done, but there’s just one more big step. So many snow plow owners forget to grease the cylinders and electrical components. Both the lift cylinder rod and the angle cylinders need to be greased to protect them from corrosion as they sit.
It’s also a good idea to extend the lift tower forward after greasing so the lift cylinder is fully compressed. This just adds an additional bit of protection against corrosion. Before you walk away, make sure you go ahead and release the tension of the trip return springs. It’s not necessary to keep them as tight as you had to during the season.
That’s it! Five super easy steps to make sure that your snow plow will be around for many winters to come!