There is no better way to take care of problems arising from such heavy snowfalls than with some sort of home based plow. Whether you choose to purchase a new or a used snow plow, you can save yourself the hassle of not being able to get out of your home to places you absolutely need to go.
For taking care of simple snow problems around your home, generally, all you need is a simple snow blower. Rather hard to find in places like Arizona, they are actually commonplace in towns and cities which receive heavy snowfalls on a yearly basis. Although these work great if you live in a city and you want to get the snow off of your property, those living in more rural or country settings will need a whole new way to get the snow out of their way.
Herein lies the benefits of a truck snow plow or a jeep plow. These are essentially a snow plow attachment which fits to the front of your vehicle and allows you to effectively sweep the snow off of the road in front of you.
Smaller roads and pathways can more easily be dealt with by using an ATV snow plow or a tractor plow, as these are generally smaller than those you would mount to the front of a car or truck. No matter which you are using, you should purchase snow plow accessories to make absolutely sure that your plow blade is functioning as well as it should. Many retailers sell snow plow parts to keep your rig running in perfect condition no matter how long the winter season lasts.
Using a Snow Plow Attachment (while keeping your yard and house intact!)
A snow plow attachment (for an ATV) will help with problems you might encounter while plowing ground around your house or in the neighborhood. Using a snow plow for the first time can be compared to learning about the hazards a first time driver may encounter on the road. You just don’t see the dangers until you’re behind the wheel.
Neoprene rubber can be considered a snow plow attachment that will save you tons of money and repair time for your driveway and yard (both being valuable, obviously). Strips of rubber can be bought for certain machines so you won’t destroy expensive edging on your driveway, the brick around your house, or decorative work around the garden and yard.
The nice feature of these strips is that you can use them for double duty. Once they start wearing down, you can use a handy wrench and take the strips off and turn them over.
They are easy to install on the machine because the rubberized strips come with holes and the hardware to mount them as a snow plow attachment.
Another benefit is that you can find the plow attachment with longer strips that go to the edge of the unit, which allow you to get into close spots. This enhances the ability of the rubber to provide you with extra protection on keeping your bricks and concrete safe from damage, too.
Make sure to look for skids on the plastic to help keep the full weight of the buck from damaging the area you’re plowing. Quality hardware is one that will be stainless steel, and be very resistant to calcium chloride. You want to get the most from your snow plow attachment for your ATV, and still have a beautiful yard in the spring.
Taking Care of Your Snow Plow Parts
If you are thinking about buying a snow plow, then you’ll need to know the few parts that make up a snow plow. Not only will this impress the sales person, you’ll be better prepared to operate it when you’re in a bind. Safety is another thing you’ll need to be concerned about, so become knowledgeable of these parts to help you get going with the plow, and to know what you’ll need to fix the parts.
Remember to take care of the parts on your snow plow, so they’ll take care of you when you need them.
One of the main things that often goes wrong with a snow plow is the lift cylinder going out. Without the cylinder, your snow plow won’t work at all. The cylinder is a moving part inside the machine that moves the arm on the bucket. Often, it will lose enough hydraulic liquid to the point the plow will fail to lift. You can just replace the liquid to get it going again. At other times, you can blow a rubberized line; it will need to be replaced.
O rings are another factor in the move-ability of the blade. These snow plow parts can dry rot and let liquid escape, and your bucket won’t move.
Batteries are vital parts to a snow plow, too. You’ll need to keep them primed and ready to go, so you can use them with your plow. Batteries generate electrical power for your machine’s motor to be able to move about, and get the job done.
Other things that will need to be replaced are hose lines, fittings, and the blade. Watch for wear on it- whether it’s a steel constructed blade, or on one that’s rubberized. The squeegee rubber blade is very useful for clearing sloppy and wet ice, so you won’t slip on or drive on ice.