How to Prepare Your Snow Plow Crew and Have the Best Winter Ever

by Marge Lang 9. October 2013 16:00

You have already done your pre-season equipment check to prepare your vehicles for the mechanical demands of the winter season but another asset you need to prepare is the members of your plowing fleet crew.

Even if you have seasoned plow veterans on your staff, there are several important health, safety and productivity issues to pro-actively address to keep your team's efficiency high throughout the demands of the winter season.

 

Prep you snow plow fleet with these health, safety and productivity tips.

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Target the Customers You Want – Where You Want Them

by Pete Robison 1. October 2013 11:23

 

One question that comes up often among plowing contractors is “How do I get new customers when I’m competing against cutthroat one-truck operators who give away their time?”

 

Maybe that’s the wrong attitude.  Maybe as a contractor providing a service, you are in the position to interview the customers you want instead of quoting work “hit or miss.”  Target marketing is a key to success in any business.  Why should it be any different for snowplowing?

 

Learn how to target the customers you want.

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Do You Have a Municipal Snow Plan in Place?

by Pete Robison 17. September 2013 08:56

Every municipality addresses snow and ice management in its own, unique way. No matter where you live, though, the one constant is this: it takes a lot of work to stay on top of nasty winter weather.

 

To help ensure the safety of motorists in your community during the snowy and icy winter months, Meyer Products strongly recommends that municipalities have Snow Plans in place.

 

If you need help developing a Snow Plan, want help updating an existing one, or aren’t sure how you should be communicating your plan to residents, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the list of Snow Plan tips below.

 

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Pre-Season Checklist for Your Vehicle

by Marge Lang 10. September 2013 09:12

When you have a snow plow system that doesn’t work properly, you can’t push snow. If you can’t push snow, you can’t make money. Unfortunately, even a plow that’s in perfect working order can’t serve you well if the vehicle it’s attached to isn’t properly maintained.

So, to help you get your vehicle ready for winter, make sure you’ve checked everything off the Vehicle Prep Checklist below.

 

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How To Choose the Right Snow Plow

by Pete Robison 21. August 2013 18:47

It’s still summer, but it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming winter season. To ensure you get the performance you need once the snow begins to fall, it’s important to choose the right snow plow for the job. 

Not sure where to begin? No problem. Just follow the steps below or use our EZ-Match tool today.

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How to Prep Your Plow for the Upcoming Season

by Marge Lang 7. August 2013 10:06

It may be hard to believe, but the start of the snow plow season will soon be upon us. To help you get your plow ready before the snow flies, make sure you've reviewed everything on the list below.

 


Plow Prep Checklist

 

Ensure the plow headlights are aligned and working properly.

Check couplers, hoses, lift and angle rams for leaks.

Flush the hydraulic system and add new hydraulic fluid.

Test the hydraulics to ensure the plow moves up, down, left & right properly.

Tighten the trip and return springs.    

Grease the fittings used on pivot pins and king bolts.

Measure the cutting edge. If the it’s less than 4”, replace it.

Tighten cutting edge bolts if needed.

Tighten all fasteners in the vehicle mount.

Tighten mounting bolts if needed.

Check all welds on the vehicle mount and moldboard.

Clean and add dielectric grease to all electrical connections.

Adjust the drop speed of the plow to your preference (if applicable).

Check your vehicle's charging system.

Check your vehicle's battery.

Make an emergency parts kit to minimize any downtime and to stay safe. Include extra hoses, fuses, trip and return springs, hydraulic fluid, solenoids, tow straps, flares, and a shovel.

 

If you follow these tips, you’ll be ready to go as soon as that first snowflake falls.

What do you do to get your plow ready for the season? Do you have any tips to share? Leave a comment below!

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