Buying a Snow Plow Emergency Parts Kit May Be Your Smartest Winter Purchase
Snow removal is a tough job, and having equipment that is in top working condition is essential to doing it well. But the wear and tear of a hard winter or unexpected accidents can take a toll on plows, pushers, salt spreaders and trucks.
While an equipment breakdown is the last thing you want to worry about when you’re in the middle of a blizzard, you need the tools to make a repair if it happens so you can get back on the road. Buying an emergency plow parts kit for about $100 or so might be the smartest investment you make this winter.
Prep Your Plows and Spreaders Prior to Snow Season
It’s important to inspect, clean and service your snow plows and salt spreaders before the first snow fall. Prepping your equipment when the leaves start to turn can save you valuable time and money.
Check Your Plow Equipment Before Hitting the Road
One of the best ways to avoid having to make emergency repairs is to be sure your equipment is operational and prepared to handle the elements before heading out into a storm – starting with your vehicle.
- Check the tire pressure, engine belts, hoses and vehicle fluid levels, including the engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid. Look underneath the vehicle for signs for leaking fluid.
- Examine the battery terminals for corrosion and make sure the connections are tight.
- Make sure windshield wipers and defrosters are working properly.
- Check headlights, brake lights and turn signals, and make sure your strobe light is working if you have one.
- It goes without saying to make sure your fuel tank is full.
Always Keep Emergency Items on Hand
When assembling an emergency plow parts kit, take into consideration the equipment repairs you may need to make as well as the safety and comfort of your plow operator or crew. Depending on the circumstances, must-have safety equipment can include a flashlight, flares, jumper cables, tow strap, shovel, ice scraper, lock deicer, extra washer fluid and a bag of sand or salt.
Also make sure you have a first aid kit, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks. A portable phone charger or two-way radio is another wise investment.
Don’t Overlook a Snow Plow Emergency Parts Kit with All the Essentials
You should also carry a snow plow emergency parts kit. Whether you assemble your own or purchase a pre-made kit, it should include the most useful replacement parts for your plow, conveniently packaged so you can stash it behind the seat of your truck.
Two of the most important elements of any emergency plow parts kit are hydraulic hoses and extra hydraulic fluid. Because they allow you to control and angle your plow, hydraulic hoses are one of the most crucial components of your plow. They are also one of the parts most susceptible to damage, often rupturing when a plow strikes a curb or another solid obstacle.
Purchasing an emergency plow kit from a reliable dealer will provide the factory original parts needed for emergency repairs to your snow plow. Our sister site Plow Parts Direct sells a range of Western emergency parts kits with all of the essentials. Choose a Complete Hose Kit if you want just the hoses for a specific Western plow model. Or opt for a PPD Ultramount Emergency Plow Kit that includes hoses, fluid and a motor solenoid – all packed in a convenient nylon duffle bag. We sell two versions of this kit, both designed for Pro and Pro Plus straight blade plows that do not have Fleet Flex wiring.
If your plow needs extensive repairs or just routine maintenance, our full-service shop can handle it all. Our selection of Western and Snoway parts and accessories includes everything you need to keep your plow working to full capacity all season long. Contact our service department at 201-327-6050 for more information or to schedule your repair.