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When parked, do you leave the plow up or drop it down?

Discussion in 'Meyer / Diamond Products Discussion' started by redbug2, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. redbug2

    redbug2 Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 25

    I know its a stupid question, but what is the best practice when you park? I have an E-47 unit with ST90 plow.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    why would you leave it up? i feel as tho this is pretty common sence.
  3. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    The Western plow dealer around here recommended to leave it up on the new one we just bought for work, saying it is a lot harder to steal it when it is up then if it was down

    my thoughts are if someone wants it bad enough to unhook it and drag it away from the front of the truck they would also be willing to bleed out the pressure if it was left in the up position
  4. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Whether it's a plow,a loader bucket,a dozer blade,ANY implement that's hydraulically raised needs to come down on the ground when the operator is not in the cab.Not only a safety issue but it also saves on your suspension.Just common sense.
  5. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 814

    One day i was at a shopping place waiting for the gf to come out...I noticed buddy left his plow up and a kid's ball rolled under the truck...first thing the kid does is go under the truck! Would of been terrible accident, I dragged the kid out and put a piece of wood under his plow to hold it up..got a funny reaction when the truck owner came out to his truck, so I explained the situation. Don't think he will ever leave it up again.
  6. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    I always drop my plow if i'm sitting longer then the time of a traffic light.
  7. BigDBoots

    BigDBoots Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    Always down, IMO ~BigD~
  8. Nasty-Z

    Nasty-Z Senior Member
    Messages: 370


  9. redbug2

    redbug2 Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 25

    OK, the danger aspect makes a lot of sense. I'll drop it when I park it.
  10. MOXIE

    MOXIE Member
    Messages: 38

    Up or down when parked??????

    Something to consider, When you lower the plow, it does not know you are parked. If the power is on to the controler, the plow thinks you are plowing, and the "A co[l (black wire) is energized.The plow is in "float mode" this is ok if its only a couple of min, but if you leave the truck running to run in the house for supper, you can burn up a coil. This all depends on what type of controler you have. MOXIE
  11. Reliable Snow and Ice

    Reliable Snow and Ice Senior Member
    Messages: 981

  12. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    an E47 will usually go down by itself. just kidding. best bet is to put it down. takes pressure off of the o rings and cylinder.
  13. bdschumaker

    bdschumaker Junior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 13

    After a e-60 pump stolen one week, and 2 weeks later st7.5 plow, e-47 pump & hoop stolen, I hesitate leaving it down when parked for the night, and i live in a good neighbor hood that is well lighted & fairly busy street with locks on my plow, pump & hoop. (venting...sorry)

    So i understand the safety standpoint, but i now look at a little different. If they want it, i will make work harder for it. So i am split as far as leaving it up or down, just depends on my mood.
  14. redbug2

    redbug2 Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 25

    To answer the question as to why I was asking about whether I would leave it up.

    The benifits I saw were
    1) If you left it up you would not cycle the pump as much, therefore less wear. Of course probably fractional compared to total usage of plow but some wear just the saem.

    2) Also the possibility of the blade getting frozen to ground. Lifting would cause strain on the pump but nothing the releaf valve could not handle. I guess you could always drop it on a few chunks of wood to stop a freeze. I know that with my bulldozer its very bad to attempt to move the tracks when frozen, but thats a bulldozer...

    3) And now I see the security benifit. Surely would be harder to steal if in up position, but, if you know what you're doing you will know how to bleed the blade down?

    4) If your running an errand, drop the plow, then, pump fails, ooops, your stuck. Would have to lever up the plow manually and choke up on the chain to get it home.

    The negatives I now see are:

    A) Safety. Would hate to see a child get hurt if a blade fell on him. (Biggest deciding factor)
    B) Extra Strain on the up piston seal.
  15. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,248

    Down is the correct answer.
  16. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    always down..........................................
  17. Bashby

    Bashby Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    DO most of you guys have power to the controller with the key off? Mine only works with the ignition on, (I have toggle switches)so I dont have to worry about burning up a coil or running down my battery when parked.
  18. redbug2

    redbug2 Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 25

    I have power a 12 volt switch that lights up red when its on. Presently I have it connected to a constant live fuse, but I may switch it to one that is only live with the ignition on.

    When you are driving down the road should you turn the power off on the pump? I have been turning the power off.
  19. Bashby

    Bashby Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    As long as you dont have the plow in float there is no power going to the pump. I ASSume your switch powers up the controller just like my ignition switch powers my toggle switches and that sends power to the pump only when you hit the button or lock it in float
  20. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    And what do you think happens when it's down while you're plowing??????