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Ready to roll. what else?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 02powerstroke, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    I'm ready to roll out,I put 800#s of block in my bed,plows on,checked all fluids,greased front end and U-joints, I packed extra pins,cotter pins,tools,two quarts of Fisher fluid,two spare hoses, 40ft of chain,shovel Is there anything else I should bring with me or do?
     
  2. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
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  3. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    sounds about right to me
    that basically what i have but why the 40 ft of chain?
    good luck and stay safe
     
  4. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    You ever get stuck or have someone with you get stuck?
     
  5. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    no but i carry 10,000 lb recovery straps
    guess i never thought of chain before
     
  6. Kunker

    Kunker Member
    Messages: 96

    Then leave the chain at home and buy a good recovery strap. Far easier on both vehicles and a little less dangerous should something break. Just make sure you throw a blanket/jacket/something on either when you go to pull.
     
  7. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    I have broken every strap I have ever had.(no I dident buy the cheesey auto zone kind) I had a huge one that was about 8" wide, snapped that trying to get my gfs f-150 out of mud over the tops of the tires. Its strong chain, grade 80 stuff I use it to tie down machines and stuff.
     
  8. Beachernaut

    Beachernaut Member
    Messages: 87

    Big +1.
    I'd take a good recovery strap, or dedicated tow rope over a chain any day.
    The shock you transfer to your truck using a chain is very hard on it.

    I used to have a tow rope that was nylon and about 6" or 8" thick with chain on each end to attach to the vehicle.
    I'd be surprised to see it break. It was about 30' long and I could get a running start in a 1 ton pickup. I've seen it streatch to where it was only 2" wide, but never broke.
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2008
  9. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    I have a spool of 1" poly rope? should I cut some of that off and tie loops on it?
     
  10. Beachernaut

    Beachernaut Member
    Messages: 87

    I don't know if that'd be what you need.
    The rope we used was as big around as my leg. To tell the truth, I don't know where it came from, and I haven't seen it's like anywhere else.
     
  11. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    I have to agree about tow straps.....doesnt seem to matter how much I spend or what they are rated at I break them. Even the tow cables I've owned broke but I still have my original 60' 10' and 12' 3/8 galvanized chains I bought. Been a few years now and havn't broke one yet. I know they can be dangerous and even deadly but they are also reliable and that alone makes up for the danger, weight and size compared to a strap. Just my 2 cents
     
  12. Snowaway

    Snowaway Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Nylon would be better as poly does not have any give.
     
  13. Ford445

    Ford445 Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 243

    Ive broken a lot of straps, but Ive never broken a chain. A good 3/8 chain will do just about anything you want with it.

    * Id get rid of your trailer hitch, just something else that sticks out from your truck.


    Good, luck.
     
  14. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
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    I use the pintal to run the chain or strap around thow.
     
  15. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
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    Rolling out in about 15 minutes here
    good luck tonight
     
  16. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    good luck stay safe
     
  17. grnstripes

    grnstripes Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    chain is the way to go
    if my 1 ton dump gets stuck with a load of sand it ways between 12000 and 18000 lbs
    a strap won't hold up to that
     
  18. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I've only broken straps at the loop when I wrapped it around the trailer ball. Take both, you have room. Chain for trucks with good connections and the strap for cars with cash in hand.

    Its all over here. Hope everything went good.
     
  19. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    Get some rope from a paper mill it's wicked strong, I have pulled alot of vehicles out with it and it's never broke on me JMO.


    You got some sweat stacks.
     
  20. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    I'd tidy up those loose wires hanging down from the temporary reverse lights. Those could easily catch on a branch and rip those lights right out.