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putting the blades on

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JTS Landscaping, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. JTS Landscaping

    JTS Landscaping Member
    Messages: 53

    just curious when do some of you guys start to put your blades on.
  2. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    Usually right after it starts snowing. If I know that it's going to snow for sure, then I'll put it on the night before. I'm starting to see a lot of guys with theirs on lately. I've actually got mine on right now because I had to move it for the old lady earlier.
  3. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I don't put mine on and leave it on for the season. I am going to put it on the weekend to make sure everything is OK. Then I will put it on just before it snows. If they are calling for snow I usually line it up ready to go and then all I have to do is put the pins in and connect the wiring.
  4. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,106

    i giuss i have extra truck i always keep one ready to go and other takes 15 min to istall plow and salter and tanks. Salt and chemicals are stored at locations so iam just waiting for the white stuff to fall....
  5. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

    I always like to hook up the plow, salter, & load ballast bags of salt (covered with tarp) the night before. A couple of times we have received fire calls in the middle of the night & it started snowing before I could get home to hook up, this is a good way to be behind all day! :waving:
  6. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    if i hook up before it is suppose to snow it never does. the further away i am from my plow the more it will snow. :):)
    i hooked it up last week to make sure everything works good and this weekend will check everything out more extensively.
  7. THREE W

    THREE W Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    I think it may depend more on what situation or equipment you have.

    Some older equipment takes longer and is difficult to hook up, on the other hand some of the new ones it takes only a few minutes.

    Suppose it also has to do with if your plow sits outside, or a nice warm shop to hook it up in. Or how many plows you have.
  8. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    on my little trucks i put on blades a day before on my company truck i wait until it is needed as it is a 12 footer. btw it takes about 2 minutes to hook up my 12footer.
  9. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    i don't leave mine on all season either. i put the plow on the night before a strom hits. Its always on at the latest, 5 hours before the snow starts.
  10. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    i do my service make sure everthing is working then the night before it snows
  11. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Mine is off until the snow starts. Then it will be on/off daily. It only takes about 25-35 seconds to hookup.

    The salter on the other hand is a bear to hookup. It weighs about 150lbs. I had it installed yesterday, and took it off today to tow the cleanup rig. As soon as the trailers are parked for the winter (within the next few weeks), I will mount the salter again and leave it on until I start mowing in the spring.
  12. shepoutside

    shepoutside Member
    Messages: 88

    I have my back up plow, ready, only cuz I needed it to plow the leaves, lol Spreader is on too. rest will, probably be done during the first snowfall, as we are still busy with lawns.
  13. SLC1

    SLC1 Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    We put one V-box on and one plow on yesterday. One truck is all ready to go as of yesterday. The rest of the trucks will all get the plows and sanders on after the cleanup season is done. After the first storm we keep the plows and sanders on all the trucks for the rest of the winter. We will take one plow off of one truck so we can use it for running around and doing small jobs in between storms but the rest of the trucks sit at the shop waiting and ready to go. Much easier to get ready before a storm when you just have to check over everything and not hook stuff up. just my two cents

  14. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,306

    Ours go on after clean ups or as the first snow hits. They say on all winter, but then again these are not our daily drivers either. We do have 3 trucks with V boxes in already ( just in case )
  15. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    All my plows have been mounted and 2 have been removed and will wait for snow. 1 of the plows/sander combinations has a plow on it 24/7/365. With the steller hook lifts I can have a 2 yd. V box sander mounted in less then 1 minute.
    If you want it to snow and have a steel blade just put a coat of paint on it. Here it will snow before it is dry.