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Drop blade every time you park?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Kaptain_Kurt, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Kaptain_Kurt

    Kaptain_Kurt Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 53

    Do you guys lower your blade every time you stop and shut your truck off? Or do we need to do that just during longer periods of time?

  2. richardlewis

    richardlewis Member
    Messages: 37

    I drop mine every time because the dealer told me it is better for the cylinder
  3. james1787

    james1787 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I highly reccomend it for the following reasons:

    1. Safety. Suppose something lets go, it drops and someone nearby gets hurt?

    2. You are putting unneccesary stress on your suspension, shocks and truck by leaving it there
  4. Kaptain_Kurt

    Kaptain_Kurt Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 53

    Sounds reasonable. Thanks, i'm startin' from the top here, so i really wasn't sure.

  5. james1787

    james1787 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Yeah, I actually had a diamond plow on the 89 chevy I used to have. For whatever reason it would lower itself over a period of time. Perhaps it was just out of adjustment, but I always had to hit the "up" on the stick now and then when I was driving. If something let go inside the system and it lost pressure, they can come down really fast. I hate to picture what that would do to a foot if someone were inadvertently walking by.
  6. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    Drop the blade till it makes contact with the ground then take back up any slack. It makes it a little harder to be removed by people that it don't belong to.
    I also put a floor jack under the rear frame when parking my sander in the shop with a load in it.
  7. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    ALLWAYS lower it. :nod:
  8. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

    I always lower my blade on both my trucks & ATV. Seems like a lot of liability for my BIG fleet if I leave them up! :waving:
  9. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I was told to ALWAYS lower your blade when parked! Less stress on your most important tool...your truck!
  10. bolensdriver

    bolensdriver Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    That's not my most important tool, and the girl friends would agree. =))
  11. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Always drop it, same reasons as above.
  12. ZamboniHDB

    ZamboniHDB Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    Safety first!

    Keep it down on the ground for the reasons stated above.

    Just my .02¢
  13. Rustbucket

    Rustbucket Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    If you are traveling to or from a job make sure you use the saftey chain. If something did "let go" while you were going down the road at 60 mph..... well at worst you could have a pretty serious wreck...... at the least you wouldn't be wearing clean underoos anymore ;)
  14. QMVA

    QMVA Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Talking about a plow coming down. This year when I put the plow on the truck I guess the plugs weren't in all the way or something. So I couldn't move the plow once I got it up. So I get out of the truck and start looking at the plow to see whats going on. Well I wiggle the plow plugs a little and the plow drops. Scared the crap out of me :eek: . If I had had my feet under it I would probably not be plowing this year. :nono:
  15. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Yes drop the blade safty should be top concern...Oddly enough i see plenty of plows parked at stores and homes with the blade left up. :confused: