Many construction contractors already have some of the most expensive equipment needed for snow handling - skid steers, track loaders, pickup trucks, wheel loaders, etc.
Before you jump into adding snow handling as a way to keep business flowing during winter, put some time and consideration into what snow handling equipment you will use and what additional equipment you may need.
Here are some questions to help determine what equipment is best for your business:
What kind of plowing will you be doing? The size of the plow and equipment you use will vary depending on the size of the area you are plowing.
- What kind of vehicle will you be using? Plow recommendations are based on the Front Gross Axle Weight Rating (FGAWR) of your vehicle – which is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on the front axle. The snow plow you use on your vehicle should comply with the FGAWR recommendations.
- What type of snow plow blade do you want? Straight blades and v-plows (v-blades) will both get the job done, but v-plows have the ability to angle and direct snow. Straight blades are still the biggest seller and often can be more affordable than v-plows, but v-blades can be a better option for handling frozen snow.
- What type of material should your plow be made of? Plows can be made of steel, poly or stainless steel; and all three have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Once you have the equipment you need, make sure you're properly maintaining it. Some of the equipment may sit unused for months and will need to be inspected and prepped prior to its first use of the season.