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Preparations for snow ?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Dogplow Dodge, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Given the premise that you have some time, prior to a snow event, what specifically do you do to prepare yourself, mentally, physically, or equipment wise, just prior to the event ?

    Feel free to tell your secrets to making your time behind the wheel easier.

    Here's mine..

    1. Get to the chiropractor for an adjustment
    2. Fill truck with fuel
    3. Check all fluids
    4. Check air pressures in tires
    5. Rain-X the glass, including headlamps
    6. Plug the truck in the house current for engine warmer
    7. Spray down the plow blade with Armor All
    8. Install the plow blade
    9. Paper towels, food, water in the truck
    10. Plug the truck in the house current for engine warmer
    11. Watch the weather channel for updates
    12. Get some sleep so I'm good to go @ 1:00 am or so.

    What's you do, Willis ?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Check #7 that should be FF.

    Wait for snow to actually fall.
  3. M&S Snowplowing

    M&S Snowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    1 Check all fluids and air pressure in the tires.
    2 Hook up the plow and make sure everything is operational.
    3 Check 3 local weather stations, average the amounts predicted to get realistic amount of predicted snow fall lol.
    4 Go top off fuel, get redbull, snacks, pop, take truck back and plug it in.
    5 Inspect windshield wipers.
    6 Get some sleep.
    7 Get up and see if it actually snowed.
    8 Kiss the wife good bye and go make some money!!!! Lol.
  4. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    1 go to the beer store get a 30pack
    2 come home look at the weather
    3 start on the 30 pack
    4 look out widow
    5 grab 30 pack and go out to truck
    6 crack open a beer and pray the truck starts and everything works
  5. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Wish my list was as short & detail as your guys. More like fuel all equipment, check fluids if time allows, call all staff members, get some rest & hope everyone shows and nothing major gets broken or damaged. Make sure my phone gets on the charger.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    That's why you were givin 2 hands,one to hold the beer the other to do the work.:drinkup:
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I prepare by going to sleep.

  8. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    1. Watch some radar & contemplate what time to leave and try to guess when it will end.
    2. turn on electric blanket & pretend to take a nap while listening to weathermen blow smoke.
    3. Start truck, put defrosters on high & try to remember to press seat heater button.
    4. The 3 S's if not already done.
    5. Stop at Speadway
    6. top off tank if necessary, otherwise move on to step 7.
    7. Go inside Speadway & bust the balls of all the cops standing around inside while watching their cars sit idling.
    8. Yell at the guy sitting behind the counter for not ever having fresh coffee.
    9. Proceed to pour a cup of mud while still yelling at the cashier, who couldn't care less.
    10. Buy some smokes if needed, no charge for the coffee.
    11. Walk past the dog in the back seat of the police cruiser, while making eye contact & cat noises.
    12. Get in truck, take a sip, light a smoke & watch the cop look outside to see why the dog is barking.
    13. Decide weather to take the express route or the scenic route.
    14. get to first lot, drop blade & go...
  9. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    1. Call the guys and get them rolling
    2. Pay the employees to check the equipment
    3. Sleep
    4. Wait for phone call that it's time to go to work
  10. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Coldcoffee #11 lmao that's funny.
    1. Check the truck
    2. Check the plow and spray ff on plow
    3. Hook up plow
    4. Listen to the weather man lie
    5. Try and get some sleep
    6. Get up because I can't sleep fill the truck up and get some chew and sweet tee.
    7. Talk to my state trooper neighbors and get the real weather. And plow them out

    I love my Z
  11. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    What's FF ?

    Fart Fritters ?

    French Fatties ?

    Freaking Fry-oil ?


    BTW, Funny responses so far....Thumbs Up
  12. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Fluid Film, you obviously haven't been on this site very long. FF is like crack to a lot of members. :laughing:
  13. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    It's better than crack. ;-}
  14. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Thanks WG, Thumbs Up

    My local Grainger has it, and I guess I'll check it out.

    Any idea how long it's application lasts? Although I guess I'll just hit the search button, now that I know what to look for...
  15. UpstateServices

    UpstateServices Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    1. Completely ignore the forecast.
    2. Stay up til 2am as usual.
    3 .On the way up to bed look out the window, if its snowing and looks like it might reach 2 inches set the alarm for 4:30.
    4. Look out window at 4:30 if its 2" pull my Carhart bibs on and go start the truck that's out in the garage.
    5. Scratch my nuts and wait for truck to warm up.
    6. Pull up and mount the Western, plow, park rig with plow in garage when done.
    7. Work on my boats.

    Tool bag, drinks, coat, gloves live in the truck. If more inches repeat as needed, go back to working on boats.

    The other guys call and we discuss any game changers once we are rolling. 3 trucks new plows 90 accounts all seasonal smooth sailing most of the time.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012
  16. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Get a free sample first! http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=132533

    Personally, I can't justify the cost of FF to treat my whole truck, but I do like it to use on smaller areas such as the engine compartment, and even the inside of my cab as I tend to get salt residue in it from my gloves and cloths.

    My favorite use for FF is for my hedge trimmer blades, and pruning equipment.

  17. USMCMP5811

    USMCMP5811 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

  18. Red02F250

    Red02F250 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    1- All the usual stuff, mount the spreader and plow, check all fluids and make sure everything works properly.
    2- Double and Triple check the weather forecasts, do a snow dance like I did when I was a kid hoping to get out of school.
    3- Cuss the weather guy for being wrong again.
    4- Unmount the spreader and plow.
  19. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    I don't treat my truck just my plow. And the mowers at work.

    I love my Z
  20. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    shovels, salt, kitty litter in the bed of the truck
    diesel in the fuel tank
    flash light, cell phone, snow log, tablet computer, 40,000 lb tow strap, spare snow plow parts, and tools in the cab.
    i don't know why i carry spare snow plow parts because i don't know how to work on the plow