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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by pipelayer, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. pipelayer

    pipelayer Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 139

    hey all, im new to the forum here, and new to the industry on my own here. i have plowed before, here and there for a family member or two, never had my own setup or anything, ran my dads old rig quite some time ago. however, ive been using a backhoe for a good chunk of my life, and its been mainly for snow removal. Anyway, i just picked up a minute mount 2 system for my truck, and am in the process of having it mounted and wired up. should be all set up by the end of the week. Ive set some things up with a business associate of mine to sub out for him this winter doing quite a few lots, and even some roads in a private development, I will have a few questions in the near future im sure, and im eager to get going on my second job this winter ( plumber, fitter by trade) just wanted to introduce myself, and if anyone has any suggestions on getting started or anything to upfit the truck with or anything at all feel free to let me know. take it easy all Thumbs Up
     
  2. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,867

    Welcome to plow site.
     
  3. MSsnowplowing

    MSsnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    Welcome to the site.

    Back up lights !
    A must for not backing into things at night.
    I'm switching to flood lights, two on the truck that go on when I put her in reverse and a pair on the sander that I can turn on and off when that extra light is needed.
     
  4. pipelayer

    pipelayer Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 139

    I had those in mind. My local napa stocks a set of some gnarly LED lights i wouldn't want to get stuck behind. I may put them on, but if you want brighter than bright man, check those out also. I have floods sittin on my shelf made by truck-lite and I'm probably going to leave them there now
     
  5. pipelayer

    pipelayer Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 139

    But I may do those LEDs sooner than later. Thanks man
     
  6. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,867

    warning light/strobe light, spare parts with the tools you'll need, insurance, customers all will also help. Good luck this winter.
     
  7. FurFishGame

    FurFishGame Member
    Messages: 35

    strobe light is commonly over looked...dont over look it! if you get into a parking lot at night with 2 or 3 other trucks with no strobe lights, you will hate your self, add 4 more trucks and 2 or 3 loaders, and you will really have your self, can't see them, they can't see you.
     
  8. MSsnowplowing

    MSsnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    LOL, your right about having Customers.

    That is the most important thing to have of all.

    Or be able to subcontract to someone else in the area.
     
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Join SIMA, ASCA both provide excellent training/informational materials.

    Upgrade the charge line from your alternator to the battery. Search the web, there are a thousand posts on how to do it.

    Nice big muilti head strobe, not the little $19-49 dollar cheapy.

    Good WINTER tires, look for a snowflake in a triangle molded in the sidewall. Nokain makes the best payup

    Extra socks, gloves, water, tow strap, a heavy blanket (or sleeping bag) and a good flashlight with extra batteries in the cab.
     
  10. pipelayer

    pipelayer Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 139

    got a set of strobes for my truck, and a nice strobe lightbar for my backrack made by hella already, im subcontracting for someone this winter, and i have a few customers ofmy own, so those bases are covered lol i have brand new terra grapplers on my truck for now. i just have yet to get insurance. nothing one phone call cant cover. i carry tow straps, and chains, socks is a damn good plan too lol
     
  11. Chineau

    Chineau Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Jump bag.

    Extra hoodie of sweater, if you get a sweat going dry stuff to change is a good thing. Roll of toilet paper and chemical hand warmers find a bag you can leave it all in, put it in your shop ready to go. Welcome, have fun,be safe.