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Anticipating breakdowns

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by rngr, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. rngr

    rngr Junior Member
    from Markham
    Messages: 14

    Hey everyone,This is my first year plowing and wanted some advice in regards to preparing for possible breakdowns.
    I have spoken with quite a few people and I am getting a general consensus that plowing snow comes with possibly having to make repairs on the truck/blade throughout the season.
    I wanted to know if some of you experienced guys might be able to gimme some advice on what to expect while I'm out there pushing snow around. I recently purchased a 1996 gmc sierra with a 8' western plow.
    Are their any typical things that might happen to the plow/truck that I can plan ahead for. for example, Should I carry around with me any spare parts just in case? etc. etc. Thanks in advance for any responses.
  2. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    what model western? Have extra hoses, fluid, a solenoid, and another backup controller...u know...the basics.
  3. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    How about tools to work on the above things along with maybe a spare angle cylinder and wrenches that fit that. Wouldn't hurt to have a chain to have someone pull you out or to pull someone else out.

    If you can't put them in the truck, put them in a weather proof box and spray them with WD-40.
  4. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,515

    Maintenance is cheep! Just brake something and miss a storm, see how much it cost you in loss of revenue and lost customers that go to a dependable plower (like me!!!) I have plowed 70 driveways for 22 years (now 96 with 2 Jeeps) and have had only a few brake downs. A wheel bearing from Auto Zone that was 2 months old, the plow lifting "A" frame, that used to ware out fairly regularly (Fisher) so I carried a spare. Hydraulic Hose, Pump motor solenoid, Pump, electric motor. In most cases I had enough warning to get a spare Before it completely died. Like for ½ of a storm having to get out and hit the motor with a hammer every couple of houses. In all cases I was repaired and on the road without missing a dead line.

    I just replaced my front half shafts. On one of my pre storm checks I found some play between the U-Joint and the ears of the shaft. I didn’t wait for it to brake before fixing.

    If I brake something I buy 2 (replacement and spare)

    I go over the Jeep with a fine tooth comb 2 – 3 days before a storm. (so I have time to fix any thing I find. What good is it to find a bad U-joint the night of the storm?)

    Motor oil 10K with mobile1
    Dif Oil, I don’t know I usually end up going in for a seal every couple of years so 15-20K Mobile 1
    Transfer case and tranny 50K Synthetic Oil
    water pump 50K
    belts & hoses 50K
    clutch 75K
    grease chaises every 2 storms or more if it was a big storm
    grease drive shaft every 2 storms (to grease the cardigan joints I have to remove the driveshaft so I do them twice a season)

    But just in case and I have an agreement with 2 other plowers that they will help me out AFTER there customers are taken care of.

    And don’t beat on it.
  5. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,868

    In my trucks I keep all the required DOT stuff fire ex., flares, triangles, first aid, blah blah blah.

    I have older trucks so I have tool boxes in back with another tool box inside loaded with enough tools to change an engine. In there I also keep a bottle jack, a high lift jack, an axe, a maul, jumper cables, 20ft of chains, tow strap, a winch, and a spare 180amp alt and a battery... Its a tight squeeze.
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Search button is your friend.
    There are 100's of posts on what to carry
    usually you won't have what breaks anyway.....lol
  7. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    check your plow hoses daily, and keep spair hoses and oil in your truck. i'd keep a spair tire. inspect your truck every couple of trips. i have my guys check everything from u-joints to rear end fluid levels