Tired of shoveling your driveway or waiting for a snow removal service, a vehicle-mounted? A snow plow is a great way to get back on the road quickly. No matter how big your driveway is.
There’s a lot to think about when buying your first plow. Don’t worry, you’ve got this first.
Take a moment to consider how much use your new plow will get: if you have a short residential driveway, a personal straight-blade plow should do the trick. A light-duty truck or better is recommended for bigger jobs like long rule driveways.
You might need a plow designed for heavy arrears. A more powerful vehicle may be required to handle jobs of this size. Large-scale jobs like roads and parking lots require a commercial-grade plow to sign for a 3/4 ton truck.
You’ll need before you buy to make sure your vehicle can handle the added weight of your desired blade. Consult your owner’s manual or check online to determine your vehicle’s front gross axle weight rating. This is the maximum weight your vehicle’s front axle can handle. Exceeding, this weight can damage your suspension and reduce braking efficiency.
Most SUVs and light pickups can mount blades between 72 and 78 inches in length suitable for residential driveways, half-ton trucks typically use 84 to 90-inch blades. 3/4to 1-ton trucks can mount lathes up to 96 inches in length.
Some plow blades can be angled to reduce still run on an angled edge and helps clear more snow on each pass, allowing you to cover more ground in less time. Most plows can be assembled quickly and easily using simple household tools to mount your plow. You will need to install a class 32 inch receiver hitch first. Next, attach the blade to the edge to lock it into place connect the power adapter to your battery, and you’re ready to plow many plows come.
Before you get started, take a moment to read your plows owner’s manual to understand its strengths and limitations. Fully check your plow blade and receiver hitch at the start of each season for signs of wear and tear, and consult your plows manual for maintenance tips.
If you have any doubts, get them checked before you get tark. If you need to clear anything larger than a residential driveway, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Winter tires are essential for jobs big or small. When plowing keeps an eye on your speed, the added weight of snow on the plow blades puts additional strain on your vehicle and may affect handling and braking.
Looking to make your plowing experience faster, safer, and more productive, consider some of these helpful accessories to tailgates: salt spreaders help break up ice and stuck-on snow sand spreaders provide traction in places that are too cold for salt. You’ll need at least a light-duty truck to handle the extra weight of these add-ons.
Blade markers define the edges of your plow blade, making it easier to stay on track and avoid obstacles. The plow blade may block your headlights when raised, reducing your ability to see in storms. So, at night, for added safety and visibility, you may want to install an alight kit, especially if you plan to plow long rural driveways.
Clearing a dirt or gravel driveway can be challenging. With a set of clown shoes, you can adjust the scraping angle of your blade to make quick work of these kinds of surfaces. Mounting your plow blade can be tricky, especially as a solo job, a wheel kit makes mounting and moving, and storing your plow quick simple. Wheel your plow up to the receiver hitch hook it up flip up, and lock the casters, and you’re ready. To go snow is a fact of life when winter comes time, but with the right plow for your vehicle, you’ll be ready to handle anything the season throws your way, don’t worry you’ve got this.
We hope this guide has been informative and was able to point you in the right direction. Still have questions? Our snow plow experts are in every day and available by phone or live chat to answer them. Give us a call at (877) 414-1865 to learn more, and for help placing an order.