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Help! How to make this season more enjoyable?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MowingisMaddnes, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. MowingisMaddnes

    MowingisMaddnes Member
    Messages: 85

    Hello snow loving peeps,
    Looking for your opinions and feedback... my rig is set: 3500 dump, with 9.2 V Boss and salt spreader. Used it for many years, paid for, love it, not changing it. So here is the question... Without changing my basic setup, what simple upgrades can I do to make my snow season more enjoyable? Like...
    1)best wiper blades
    2)best windshield washer fluid
    3)best communications setup
    4)best way to keep your feet warm
    5)best clothing for inside and cab
    6)best clothing for outside the cab
    7)BEST gloves made by man for snow removal
    8)best food to keep in the cab
    9) anything else you use to enjoy the snow!
    10) slight plow or control equipment upgrades
    11)best way to keep your back from getting so painful you can't walk the next day

    :popcorn:Of course I will assume your suggestions are legal...
    Really looking for things that won't break the bank, but will help make the seat time more enjoyable...:popcorn:

    ...hopefully you are getting my drift:nod: I know I could search and search the site for everyone's opinion but I thought this would be a great summary thread for the upcoming 2013-14 snow fighting season:drinkup:
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Satellite radio and a Blondie sitting with you.
     
  3. Nitsuj

    Nitsuj Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Here's my answers, but keep in mind, I'm not an expert. I'm a pretty green plow truck driver.


    1)best wiper blades

    Haven't found them yet. I usually just get something mid grade, not cheapie, not super gimmicky, and I've been mostly satisfied.

    2)best windshield washer fluid

    I just get a jug of what they have.

    3)best communications setup

    iPhone.

    4)best way to keep your feet warm

    My best method is to stay in the truck and let someone else handle the shoveling.

    5)best clothing for inside and cab

    I'm a jeans and t-shirt type of guy. Carhart coat if I'm cold.

    6)best clothing for outside the cab

    Carhart jacket, Carhart bib pants. Doc Marten work boots, hunting socks.

    7)BEST gloves made by man for snow removal

    I constantly struggle with this. They make some great ski or snowmobile gloves that are nice and warm but they never seem to be made for work and I tear the palms or fingers up. Recently, I've been using the cheap wool lined leather work gloves they sell at my local hardware store. Not as warm/waterproof, but they keep me warm and last.

    8)best food to keep in the cab

    I don't. When I'm hungry, I stop and eat.

    9) anything else you use to enjoy the snow!

    Pandora on my phone, plugged into the trucks stereo.

    10) slight plow or control equipment upgrades

    You're on your own here. I've only ever used one set-up.

    11)best way to keep your back from getting so painful you can't walk the next day

    I must be lucky. Not much of my plowing involves leaving the cab of my truck, if I do have to do a side walk its with a blower. I've never had a sore back from plowing.
     
  4. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,987

    I tried that, the wife wasn't amused! We compromised, she's now a blonde.
     
  5. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Snow LOVING? I hate snow
     
  6. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,894

    • Well, for me, it's to have it snow here, unlike the last 2 years with nearly nothing on the ground.. That would work.

      Sore back ? that means getting out every so often, and stretching your torso around... Difficult to do when it's blowing snow, but it helps either way.

      I use Wool socks, and lightweight summer boots. If I wear the insulated type of boots, my feet sweat like the dickens, even though I have the windows cracked and only the defrost on, otherwise it just gets too hot in there. Gold bond powder, or Vagisil vagina powder works well too. Powder those feets up before you put your socks on, and they tend to stay super fresh and fragrancy..... and if you ever get bored or lonely... you can take off your socks and sniff them....:laughing:

      I always keep a couple of different pairs of sun glasses in the truck, as they get funky wearing them, or change in lighting, different colors for different haze. Yellow glasses (shooters) glasses for night vision helps me tremendously...

      Windex for cleaning the inside of the glass, along with paper towels and hand cleanser wipes.. for the occasional grease smudges from touching the plow..

    You didn't describe HER or what her "qualifications" for riding along were.....:cool:
     
  7. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,503

    I thought no snow would make it enjoyable for ya.
     
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,503

    there is a reason why he name his truck vegas
     
  9. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Alcohol.........lots of it.
     
  10. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    lots of account hacking going on recently....I think Madson got ahold of yours:laughing::waving:
     
  11. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Just thought I'd beat him to it.............assuming he was allowed back on. :laughing::laughing:
     
  12. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    ......:laughing: ....:drinkup:.....:whistling:
     
  13. MowingisMaddnes

    MowingisMaddnes Member
    Messages: 85

    The Plow Life!

    Thought I would bring this back to life with more and more people working in the snow!

     
  14. jakewith shovel

    jakewith shovel Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    bring your dog

    Bring your dog, jake plowed with me since he was a pup he never complained,never over slept and kept me warm in the cab. Only drawback he left the shoveling to me. Dam, I miss that dog.
     
  15. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    My husky went w/ me for 12 years until his hips got bad. It hurts not to take him anymore, but hurts even more to watch him not quite make the high leap and fall backwards out of the truck. I miss my copilot.

    So yea, a good dog who can handle the adventure...a lot of dogs can't. I got lucky. Makes the night go so much faster.

    Aside from that...gotta have good smokes and even better coffee. I have a pot that I take w/ me, which also works as a thermos. I've thought about getting one of these though, for those painful marathon runs:

    handpresso-auto-espresso-coffee-maker-3.jpg
     
  16. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Another deleted post. Lol
     
  17. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I always hate snow until the green backs roll in then I love snow
     
  18. mud

    mud Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    Its much more enjoyable for me when I go to the bank to cash the checks.
     
  19. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    My worst issue with a 12 hour shift of plowing is the sinus headache from the dry air....but other than that, Rain-X on the windshield, a double application of it. Need a warm garage, but applied every week it's the best.
     
  20. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    thats awesome, I need a handheld, portable expresso maker Thumbs Up