Snowplowing is an efficient way for you to clear snow from your driveway. But before you purchase a snow plow for your truck, you should speak to a snowplow dealer to make sure that your truck can handle the weight of a plow. Once installed, you can use the snow-plow controls to position the plow while clearing away the snow.
There’s a technique that you need to learn in order to do it safely and effectively. Here are six things to work on while you’re getting used to the equipment:
Hold the plow controls comfortably in one hand. The plow controls will have a left, right, up, and down button as well as an off and on switch. Make sure that you can comfortably hold the steering wheel while you hold the controls in your other hand. Needless to say, this will be more difficult in a truck with manual transmission than it would be with automatic transmission.
Test the plow blade. Flip the power switch to the on position. You should now be able to move the plow by pressing the arrow keys on the controller. While stationary, press the up, down, left, and right keys to ensure that the plow blade is working correctly.
Angle the plow to the side. Press the right or left arrow to angle the plow in one direction. The direction you position the plow will determine which side of the road you push the snow. Angling the plow will also allow cool air to flow through the grill of the truck, which will prevent it from overheating.
Lower the plow to the ground. Most modern plows will have a float mode which allows the plow to move up and down over bumpy or uneven terrain. Double-tap on the down button to put the blade into float mode. If your plow doesn’t have a float mode, simply press the down button until the bottom edge of the plow touches the ground.
Drive forward at 10–15 miles per hour (16–24 km/h). Driving at high speeds will give you less control over the truck and can overheat it. Bumps in the road can also damage your truck or the plow itself. If the snow is frozen or compacted, drive 5–10 miles per hour (8.0–16.1 km/h) slower than you normally would. Never drive over 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) while the plow is down. *Keep your speed under 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) while the plow is up so that you don’t overheat your engine.
Maintain a slow speed and continue driving. If you are plowing a road, make sure to push the snow to the side of the street. If you’re plowing a driveway or parking lot, push the snow into a pre-designated area. Move the plow from one side of the area to the other. Make sure that you don’t pile the snow over roads, walkways, or storm drains.
Use a pickup truck that's .5–.75 metric tons (1,100–1,700 lb). Plows can weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg), so you’ll need a heavy-duty pickup truck to handle the load. The size and style of plow you install will largely depend on the engine and size of your truck.
Speak to a snow plow dealer. A snowplow dealer will be able to advise you on which kind of plow to purchase and can also properly install the plow. Speak to the dealer so you can get an appropriately sized plow for your truck. In addition to advising you on the best type of plow to purchase, a snowplow dealer will also be able to maintain, repair, and provide spare parts for your snowplow.
*A maintenance agreement is especially important if you plan on doing commercial plowing.Ask the dealer whether the price of the plow includes installation.
Get a larger V blade plow for commercial use. A 7–7.6 foot (2.1–2.3 m) straight blade plow is suitable for residential use, while an 8 foot (2.4 m) V blade plow is more suited to commercial use. V blade plows are bent in the center and allow you to pile snow up with more control. Straight blades are a traditional-style snowplow. They’re also less expensive and more suitable for home or residential use.
If you are a newbie, the following tips will help you follow proper snow-plowing procedures when clearing a parking lot.
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