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Plow when parked????

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by indianabc, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. indianabc

    indianabc Member
    Messages: 41

    What are you guys doing when you are parked for a short period. Do you leave your blade up in travel or do you lower it down. It seems like a pain to turn on my controller and then lower the blade to run in for a cup of coffee. Any thoughts?
  2. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    to much of a PITA to turn on the controler and set it to float?

    not a likelyhood but I wouldnt want to have it crush someones foot :eek:

    its probably a non issue but I'm in the habit of droping the blade when I get out weather it be for the night or to get a cup of java, it dosnt hurt anything by any means and its just not that hard to do
  3. Joel B.

    Joel B. Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 233

    I have been wondering the same thing. I put my plow down in case a hose gives way or something I don't want it falling on someone's foot. Plus, it lets the truck "rest" a little.

    On another note, in the first post (by indianabc) the word "travel" is highlighted on my computer and is a link to Priceline.com. Does this show up on anyone else's computer, or do I have a bug or something?


    Joel B.
  4. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    plow down sometimes i rest with it neutral to cool the tranny a bit and yes it up a pile of snow so it dosent roll
  5. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    dont notice the travel thing??? maybe your computer is telling you you need a vacation? ;)
  6. ProEnterprises

    ProEnterprises Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 379

    lol joel...maybe you have an adware bug on your comp that is just picking up key words that are somehow linked into you rfavorites or preferences on your computer.

    as for the plow issue, just drop it...its not that hard, leaves a 0% chance of an accident as gives the front end of the truck a rest.
  7. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    Doesn't matter if it's for a coffe break, all night or to take a leak, it allways goes down. Easier on the truck. If it's a PITA for someone to put it down for any of these reasons, why do they plow snow all night or day?:rolleyes:
  8. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I do it to give the torsion bars a break.
  9. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    I DROP IT all the time. Same reasons as above.
  10. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    Yes, I drop it too for all the reasons above. I'm running a mac and the word travel came up as just the word travel. No link.
  11. smwmarc

    smwmarc Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 14

    ProEnterprises, you maybe right about that, although it isn't really funny. I read an article about something like what you are experiencing. It is too lengthy and off topic for this thread, but you can email me and I will share it with you. You can find my address in my profile.

    Oh yeah, and put the blade down. You don't leave your pants zipper down when you park your a$$ do you. :nono:
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2003
  12. WOODY367

    WOODY367 Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 477

    I lower mine when ever I leave the truck or stop for a break. I know a few guys the leave it up all the time even when parked over night.

    PROPJCKEY Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    drop the damn thing.....its a whole lot cheaper than suspension parts later.
  14. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    Like in the military ( for those who have served or are serving ) "Parade ..resssst " > that would be blade down when parked :D and 1 more note of interest.... keep the blades off when not plowing !!! why do so many plowers have to "show-off" and drive around with the plow on ???:eek: all it does is create un-necessary stress on the front suspension The O'l wise plowman once say.....plow on,,,,,plow off ..snow on ground, plow on,,,,NO snow on ground, plow OFF !!!
  15. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

  16. J.Henderson

    J.Henderson Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I see trucks parked all the time with blades raised. Even when they are parked overnight. Are people that lazy or forgetful to lower a blade. I think as eveyone else says that it rests the truck suspension. I think its easier on the hydraulic system on the plow too.
  17. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    I have a wooden block 4 x 4 in each truck , when we are done I drop the blade on the wood. It prevents the blade from freezing to the ground.
  18. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I use to always put it down, but now no matter what i leave it up at least three or four inches in the air. In the next town over to me there have been 9 plows stolen (mostly fishers) in the past couple of months. The Car dealerships are leaving them up all the time now too. 4 out 6 dealerships have had the plows stolen. One guy I know had is truck stolen one night and found it a week later with just the plow and everything to do with the plow stolen.
  19. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    We put ours down for safety and suspension rest. It also sucks to bump into the corner of the cutting edge after getting a cup of coffee. Avalanche- where are the dealers located that someone could steal the plows off of them, sounds like they were parked in a bad spot- shouldn't have mattered though. I can't believe someone would steal a plow off of a truck.

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    Plow down!!! I take care of my truck and it does the same for me. Besides after all the coffee I drink it's too long to leave the blade up when I need to drain the monster!:D