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What to carry?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PremierLand, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    First off, I did do a search, and found nothing, but I do know this topic gets posted every November or December, so I was supprised I didnt find it in the search.

    I am curious to what you guys will be carrying with you in reguards to tools and such.

    This is my third year plowing. Luckly Ive been lucky with no major breakdowns, however I always bring things like Extra bags of salt, hard flat shovel, buckets, jumpers, extra selinoids, ratchets, etc.

    What is everyone else carrying with them?
  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    When I plowed resi's in Mass I always had: extra hydro lines for my Fisher Speedcast, ATF for plow, belts, shovel, sand bags that were for weight and sand to get unstuck (never needed it though), engine oil, ATF for trans and winshield washer fluid. Basic hand tools for repairs, A JACK TO RAISE THE PLOW IN CASE SOMETHING BROKE WHILE IT WAS DOWN AND WOULDN'T RAISE UP. I never plowed more than 15 mins from my house, so I didn't load the cab up with too much.
  3. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    spare hydraulic hose
    thermos of coffee
    "find it" kids travel game
    addresses and maps of where your going
    pictures of your plowstakes so you remember which are yours
    one not yet maxed out credit card
    a cell phone that might be in range sometimes
    extra pair of socks in case yours get wet
    one camera. to take pictures of other people, or yourself off the road
    a adjustable wrench
    windshield washer fluid
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  4. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    flashlight too. and of course always carry a swiss army knife.
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Well, since your asked here's what I carry:

    Number 1 on my list is a good fire extinguisher... (never know)
    basic hands tools (with wrenches and sockets big enough to fit EVERY bolt on the plow)
    cordless 1/2" drive impact gun
    rubber mat (to lay on)
    box of electrical supplies (wire ends, fuses,jumper wires, tape, crimping tool, most important..test light)
    propane torch
    small box of assorted bolts, nuts, washers
    roll of bailing wire (never know)
    very large wire ties (see above^)
    small floor jack
    12V portable air compressor
    can of fix-a-flat
    duct tape
    starting fluid
    couple cans of windshield de-icer
    couple quarts of oil & ATF (for plow & truck)
    gallon of coolant
    5/16 & 3/8 rubber hose and a few clamps
    large hose clamps (for rad hose's or can be used to hold something together)
    jump box shop towels
    hand cleaner
    couple ratchet straps
    tow chain
    spare hoses (for every hose on the plow)
    under hood solenoid
    trip spring & eye bolt
    can of Fluid Film
    more than one flash light
    phone charger

    Call it paranoia or preparedness...either is fine with me...:nod:
  6. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    i call it professional..
  7. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    now THAT is the definitive list, but where do you put it all?
  8. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    I was wondering that too I have a regular cab and I built boxs behing the seats but thats still alot of stuff.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2007

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Hey B & B never new you plowed with a U Haul truck.:dizzy: Seriously if you check off that list you would be prepared for almost anything.
  10. Jbowe

    Jbowe Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    What to carry

    My guys have a cell phone and if they break down they call into the shop and either I take out the hose or tire to them if its that simple. Either that or I call my neighbor and he goes out and tows them back so we can work in the garage rather then in the snow. Every truck is equiped with a spare, jack, flares and a first aid kit. Along with a map of the area.
  11. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    i carry most of what B&B caries but i only have a 3/4 tonLOL

    we have a tool trailer onsite so we don't load all of that stuff in all of the trucks but in the tool trailer is most of B&B's list plus deisel powered welder w/wirefeeder, and halogen work lights for breakdowns pallet of salt,spreaders shovels etc.

    back to the Q' in all the trucks:
    first aid kit
    fire extinguisher
    extra plow cyl&hoses
    washer fluid
    blinker fluid
    extra set of muffler bearings
    one new plow headlight
    propane torch
    and business card's
    some tools
    all other tools are in the tooltrailer
  12. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    You have bearings on your muffler?

  13. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    Assortment of tools and fluids.
    Duct tape
    Flux capacitor
    Mountain Dew
    Carton of smokes
    Kanuter valve
    Ball bat and 4D cell maglite. (pick your poison)

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554

    A spare key - Ive dropped them in the snow, locked it inside.

    The keys to gates
    Lock De icer / Propane Torch - We have tons of gates we have to go thru
    Cell Phone Charger
    Test Light

    The "holy crap I am almost out of diesel jerry can"
  15. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    Hey McFly are you Sirius? how do you fit your large Kanuter valve in the Delorean? ;)
  16. stcroixjoe

    stcroixjoe Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    just wondering why you have a tent?
  17. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    I've always been more of a revolver guy, less things to go wrong in the bitter cold and snow.
    S & W Model 22 is the current fav, 45ACP out of a revolver, fixed sights, etc.
    But I have carried a glock in the past and that's what the wife carries.

    Ohhhhhh, you meant carry as in tools, not carry as in carry.
    sorry, carry on.
  18. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I carry some water, an orange to fight the 24th hour gut rot and my wallet.

    I always have my perleys map because that's got my route in it and then I have a seperate log book to log everything.

    If I'm lucky I have some channel locks or plyers.

    If something breaks it goes back to our shop. No sense fixing a truck in the cold. If something breaks that we can't fix ourselves it goes to the equipment center. And if something major goes we park it until the next day and that driver can jump in the backhoe or a machine that isn't being used.
  19. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Thank's iceyman.. I like to be prepared for any breakdown.. providing dependablily to my customers is a very important aspect to me..

    Well. it's not easy but with some careful organazation and the right sized storage containers it all fits..

    :D......That's my intentions, to be prepared for almost any breakdown..all the tools in the world wont do you any good if there back at the shop when you need them the most..and even the smallest breakdown can put you out of commision for hours if you don't have it onboard... I'm also a firm believer in the fact that whatever you don't have, you WILL need..

    Many times I don't even use the stuff I carry for my own equipment..I'm usually the guy my other plower buddies call at 3 am when they have a breakdown...cuz they know more than likely I'll have it on hand. :nod:

    Me too pj! Although it's a little over on the FAWR fully loaded..:D
  20. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    what are they for? squirrels and such? or do you guys live in really bad neighborhoods? :dizzy: