Plowing through the snow is an annual chore (particularly for our MFCP folks in Utah!). Good things must come to an end, however, and your snowplow is ready for storage when spring’s blossoms emerge. Take a few tips from the pros as you carefully set the plow aside until the late fall. Prepare your machine for the summer by following these guidelines.
Find the Right Location
There are numerous tips for snowplow maintenance, use and storage, reports Fisher Plows. The most important tip to follow, however, is finding the right location. A plow needs a sturdy base, such as concrete, with no weathering elements surrounding it.
Choose from one of these top locations for your machine, including:
- Large shed
Clear away any debris, from straw to dirt, because resting the plow on these substances can lead to corrosion and rust.
Give it a Good Scrubbing
Snowplow maintenance also includes a thorough cleaning. This machine isn’t just pushing snow. There are salt particles and other substances found outdoors that eat away at the metal. You follow helpful tips on plow usage, so follow up with a spray down of the equipment.
- Use a garden hose to spray off every particle
- Wipe the plow down afterward
- Store it only when the plow is completely dry
- Allow it to air dry for a few days if necessary
Fill up the Hydraulics
Don’t forget one of the most important maintenance tips of all: topping off the hydraulics. Most plows will have less hydraulic oil in their systems as the season comes to an end. Although the system is technically closed, any air trapped in those open sections can lead to problems in a few months.
Add hydraulic fluid to the system so that the air cannot become trapped in the plow. The equipment should power up and operate with ease when the snow returns.
Compress the Pistons
Snow plows like Fisher snowplows has pistons that move in and out of the rams as the machine moves along a road. Pay careful attention to the pistons before storage. Be sure to activate and slide them into the ram as far as possible. Covering the piston is the easiest way to avoid exposure and corrosion.
Grease the Connections
Dielectric grease is your best friend when it comes to clever, maintenance tips. Your electrical connections may be exposed during the storage period. Corrosion will inevitably set in. Avoid this scenario by cleaning the electrical connections and covering them with dielectric grease.
The equipment should power up without any faults in the winter. Leaving the connections open means that shorts and arcing may be possible. No one wants electrical problems when they can be simply avoided.
Touch up the Paint
Your snowplow may be constructed with the hardiest materials, but chips in the paint are always possible. They don’t look like an issue right now, but time will wear down these sections. Before you put the equipment away for the summer, pull out your touch-up paint. Cover up these nicked areas.
They may be relatively small, but rust and corrosion will settle in if they’re neglected during storage. The plow will last longer as a result of your efforts.
Keep the Oil
The Snow & Ice Management Association suggests that the plow’s oil can stay in place during the summer. There’s no reason to drain and replace the oil in your Fisher snowplow if it’s going to be sitting idle for about seven months.
Used oil won’t damage the internal parts. They’ll be lubricated enough come autumn when you pull the plow back out. Prior to using the plow in the fall or early winter, perform the oil change.
Give Motion & Flow Control Products a call today! Our team can answer any questions about snowplows and their operations. You’re sure to prolong the plow’s lifespan with these summer guidelines. A long-lasting plow pays for itself over the years.