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Most frequent problems???

plowking35

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
S.E. CT
After long periods of plowing, I have one more than one occasion found loose rear lug nuts. So I check them every 5 hrs or so while plowing. Spare hydro line is a must. Also test light and, a few connectors,and electrical tape.
Of coures a spare plow truck is always nice.
Dino
 

Alan

Member
Tim, we're running Sno-Way as well, watch the connectors where the wires go onto the various solenoids on the pump unit. Vibration will tend to stretch the female clip until they will pop off when you're plowing and you'll lose that particular function. Check them after each storm and crush them down a little with pliers if the are loose. Other than that, watch for cracking welds on the A-frame, particularly at the rear where the top plate is welded (sorta) to the channel iron side pieces. Once a year pull the moldboard and check for cracking around the pivot bolt bushing. Been there, done all of this. Sno-Way makes a decent plow but their welding qaulity control absolutely SUCKS!
 

GeoffDiamond

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Maine
Electrical connections tend to be the most likely problem, however even those are few and far between. However when your employees have electrical/eltronics training, fixing these problems are easy.

Here is our plan to keep breaks downs from happening. To this day we have never had to pull a truck out of service to fix it. Never a break down, if it snows the truck rolls, does this plan take some time yes.

After a storm, every truck gets washed. Then I take one or two of my electronics guys, and they go over the plow, and any electrical connections that are needed for plowing. These guys are quick, the two of them can check a truck in 8-16 min if they had to. Then again they got about 1K in electrical meters to use. After that the plows are parked, and someone inspects the welds later in the day.

Another thing to do, is set the trucks up early. Now is this is your daily driver it may not be an option. If it is going to snow tuesday night, we put plows on monday. First an operator inspection, and if something seams wrong, and quick electrical insprection. This way if parts are needed, the job isn't rushed. Then the guys can rest up during the day on tuesday.

Geoff
 

justa hick

LawnSite Member
Location
Pa
our trucks are washed and inspected after each storm to
and for the connectors on our meyers we put a piece of heat shrink over the connection i had a dodge ramcharger that the u joint on the shaft at the axle keep working lose.
JB weld does work on threads
 

plowking35

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
S.E. CT
Trust me the lug nuts were tourqed way past factory specs. Here is the trouble with GM rims during the 80's. They use a ring around the outside of the rims that has the taper for the lug nuts, but the back side is flat. The flat side pinches the two rims to the hub. I think the cinstant Forward to reverse, over time, loosens the lug nuts. I had a rim just about come off one time, since then we check the lugs every 5 or so hours.
Dino
 

cowboy

LawnSite Member
Location
Renton, WA
dangit John Allin, just when I get that part of my obsession past me you bring up duct tape again, now people are going to start making fun of me again!

Seriously though, on a Western V-Plow, anybody know what the most common failures are?

Adam
 
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