This is my final post on the snowplow this year. It has been a battle with the carburetor, battery and electrical system, as well as a replacement of the entire pump and motor assembly. I am happy to say the snowplow truck functioned the entire season without a major break down unlike the 1st and 2nd season of ownership. I was not only able to plow our quarter of a mile easement, but also the lower portion of the private maintained road we live on. I was able to add a third plow truck to the road and ease the burden on the 2 gentlemen who have maintained it, one for the past 20 years and the other for the past 10.
For the first time, my wife and I did not have to rely on the kindness of our neighbors or Craftsman snow thrower to be able to leave the property after a major snow storm. It still takes about 3 -4 hours to clean up our property, driveway, easement, and road using the snowplow. On the plus side, I’m able to sit in the warm cab of the truck listening to music as I run the course, which is far better than walking behind a snow blower for a 1/4 of a mile.
In this episode, I hook up the plow to the mount on the truck and also remove the old hydraulic fluid from the power angling cylinders. I discuss some of the issues we’ve had with the plow truck that I haven’t shared before, and I celebrate by using it during one of our snow storms.
One thing not mentioned is that our area is having the warmest January on record. When we first moved here eight years ago, a typical high in January was in the single digits, now we are seeing 40 degrees F easy on most days. This warm system has caused much havoc on melting snow and slush on the back roads. If we didn’t have the plow truck running this year, we would be in serious trouble getting in and out of the property. Our 4×4 Suburban on worst days, gets me out to work, but without the plow truck I could even have issues on high melts days if the road was not at least cleared. If you are thinking about locating in snow country, you need to consider your snow removal system and cheap these days does not equate effective. So, if you have a plow truck you know exactly what I am talking about, and if you don’t, you should before you buy one. And, if you don’t live in snow, count your blessings and enjoy our adventures.
Did I forget to mention the plow truck’s oil leak?