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Essential Tools

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by WOOFSPLOW, Oct 21, 2003.


    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

    I have an extensive list of items that I will be taking with me while plowing. I was wondering if I was missing anything. What are the most important if not most used items?
    SAE & Metric socket set, Adj. wrench, pliers-adj, channel locks, wire, elect, needle-nose, fuses, 5gal jug of gas, washer fluid, shovels, elect. tape, screwdrivers, fire extinguisher, flashlight, 12v "big" flashlight, and a variety of misc. plow items and the most important..............DUCT TAPE. Suggestions please...Thanks :)
  2. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    A BIG Thermos of Coffee!:waving:
  3. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    I would also carry a rain suit believe it or not incase you need to be out in the elements for a while twistin wrenches on a broken part.
  4. Adams plowing

    Adams plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    also it doesnt hurt to carry an extra set of winshield wiper blades. tow strap. and cant forget the 5 gallon can of coffee :drinkup:

    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

    Yea, coffee is esential. I also always carry the following: tow strap, flares, first aid kit, 2ton jack with 18" sq. plate. I drive on the local beaches to go fishing and these items and others are required. $500 fine for each item if you don't have onboard if your stopped. Thanks:waving:

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    i carry a bag of clothes

    extra gloves socks hats etc

    charger for cell phone

    and since i own meyers
    i carry an extra pump


    prepare for the worst hope for the best
  7. OffRoadPlow

    OffRoadPlow Senior Member
    Messages: 247


    Just because you did not say it.. :D

    Com.... You will want to be sure to have a cell phone and or CB or com of some sort, just to be sure you can contact someone if needed..
  8. snowjoker

    snowjoker Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Plow fluid and an extra hose. Cell Phone also could come in handy,and tranny fluid too, note pad and pen, all that i can come up with for now!:D
  9. hortboy

    hortboy Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I know it sounds stupid but a shovel, I've had to dig my truck out before when all else failed and I was hung up on an old pile of snow that iced up and nobody around to pull me out. Also nice to have if you get out of the truck for some old ladies steps.
  10. Joe92GT

    Joe92GT Member
    Messages: 71

    Vice grips!!!! Extra nuts and bolts of lots of sizes. (I lost a trans cross member once.... went everywhere to find a bolt, cause I couldn't drive the truck from where it was).

    I like to have a metal Spade (dirt shovel for ice and old snow), a snow shovel, old sheets for lying on, and compressed air.
  11. Adams plowing

    Adams plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    dosent hurt so have an extra set of u-joints handy either.
  12. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    an extra trip spring wouldnt hurt either.

  13. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704

    One thing nobody's mentioned, and ez-out to remove the broken piece of fitting, when you break a hose or fitting off, especially the EZ-V they tend to take out the front rt angle fitting on the angle cylinder.:salute:

  14. tovoninc

    tovoninc Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    a camera is handy in case there is an accident or there is property damage caused by you or more importantly by someone else (to prove your innocence). we carry disposable cameras in our road tractors in the event of an accident and I have carried the item over to the plow truck.

    a little army surplus folding shovel is real handy. I use bags of salt on a pallet as my ballast in the truck bed but the salt has come in handy on getting "unstuck" more than once.

    the basics: a chain saw, tow chains, the emergency snow plow repair kit that has one of everything, plow pump oil, electrical tape, jumper cables, dry gas, lots of cotter pins & hitch pins, spare bulbs, CB w/weather channel, change of clothes, fire extinguisher, hunting boots, insulated coveralls, food, two tool boxes with lots of tools, electrical connectors, scoop shovel, etc.

    not being prepared is costly plus it really fouls up your night!
  15. sno-mover

    sno-mover Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    I carry most of the above mentioned above, last year I thought it would be a good idea to start carring one of thoes small portable propain torches. Last year before "the big one" as I was on my way out to start sunday afternoon, my plow was very slow at raising the plow and didn't angle. Turns out it was icing up, needed a little heat to free it up. :waving:
  16. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    one thing that I noticed nobody mentioned
    A TARP

    I absolutely hate laying in snow to fix something

    I carry a ziploc bag of assorted nuts& bolts, 2 pairs of vice grips, a bundle of bailing wire:nod: 4 flares ( good for thawing a pump) hoses, fluid,hitchpins, fuel filter, wire brush, flat and phillips screw drivers, 5d maglight, a warn 8274 winch w/ full set of recovery gear, a tarp & and my 64 oz super speedway coffee cup.:D unlike most I dont carry trip springs, I figure hey theres 5 on the plow, and it will work with only 2 so why waste space

    oh and cant forget a high lift jack for getting out of trouble

    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

    Thanks to all for the input. All these items should take care of my ballast issues!