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How many inches of snow must be predicted before you do a walk around?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by grandview, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Most of the time when we are to get snow it's no big deal ,just go out and plow. But sometimes when we are predicted to get more then 12 inches of snow over night I tend to go out and walk around my truck just to check things out.
  2. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    That's funny... I do the same thing when they predict a bad one. I bring 'em all in the shop and check for any potential issues. My guys pick on me, but I think it's a way to focus my nervous energy when they're predicting a big storm. But it's no coincidence, 12+ inches breaks stuff that 3 or 4 inches won't. :nod:
  3. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    I don't worry about it. I know all my stuff will work everytime I need it....

    Ok, I get nervous at 1 inch of snow. So I am on my shop guys to make sure everything is in working order.

  4. FEFMedia

    FEFMedia Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    Honestly when I was plowing for contractors using their trucks, I had enough time to check the gas tank, wiper fluid, and that was pretty much it.

    Now that I will be plowing with my own truck. I will probably be a bit more picky. Double check plow, tires, fluid. But honestly major checks wont happen until about 6 inches of snow or more.. I know I am going to be gone for a few days so I will be checking a lot more stuff :)
  5. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    I dont do a walk around but I do look around on plowsite and ebay to see what Im going to spend all my money on.:laughing:
  6. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    So am I odd that I do a walk around everytime? I figure even for a few inches I will still be in the truck for a good 6-8 hours and should give everything a once over. Its a lot easier to tighten a bolt or fix a plug in a 70 degree garage than a dark cold lot somewhere.
  7. BORIS

    BORIS Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    I agree. I would rather look around every time at home in the heat than have something stupid beak in the cold that i could have fixed at home. Wow i just broke 20 posts. :)
  8. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 746

    I check before and during alot of times but espechialy on the big storms....
  9. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    Its still hard to believe how long these trucks run in a good storm, last winter at 1 storm I ran 2 trucks for 36hrs straight with never turning them off. Im afraid if I turn them off they may not start up again.
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    That's the first rule of plowing ,never turn it off.:nod:
  11. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I walk around my truck before every storm, make sure nothing is in front of my tires before I rip out of my driveway at 3am
  12. oman1999

    oman1999 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    After every storm all trucks get a front to back check-over in the shop. Fluids topped off, crap cleaned out. Windows cleaned if needed. Lights checked, connections, cables, pins, plow function, tanks topped off, etc.

    This has saved thousands in damage every season. Hmmm, this bolt is loose or this pin is missing a lock. Problem solved, money saved.

    Things are always going to break during operation, but it pays to check everything you can so that the preventable stuff doesn't happen
  13. nms0219

    nms0219 Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    I check after every event. And we do a pre season check this time of year.
  14. TremblaySNOW

    TremblaySNOW Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    all my tractors are new, but I always check,tite'n,oil,and clean my equipment before and after the cleaningsnow better safe than sorry
  15. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I do a check-over before I plow everytime.
  16. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    I check engine oil, trans fluid and plows ATF other then that I just hit the highway...
  17. TremblaySNOW

    TremblaySNOW Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    its the only way to be safe
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Would someone please explain this to my wife? :dizzy:

    Big storm just before Christmas last year, I go to start the 81, dead starter. Hour later I had a used one from a buddy in. Great fun in 3 inches of snow. Get the 81 going, lose the wiper motor. Left it at the job and went home. This was a doozy of a storm. So I come back home in the 97 to get a little rest. Too dangerous to drive. I leave the truck running for a three hour nap.

    Wow was she ugly.:realmad: :gunsfiring:
  19. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,034

    It's better to really check your equipment over after your done plowing that way you have time to fix it before the next storm. We walk around our equipment when done when farming or plowing and again before startup.
  20. chtucker

    chtucker Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Never did.. unless something was going to be over 3'

    I did look at the window before I got in the shower to make sure the truck started with the remote starter.