Maybe you just bought a truck and think, hey, now’s a good time to get a great price on a snowplow. Maybe you’re thinking of an extra income. Whatever your circumstances, if you’re new to snowplowing in Cleveland or getting back in the snow removal business, here are some things we’d like to share.
1. Do NOT assume a new truck – even a half-ton pickup – can handle a plow.
We’ve had some unpleasantly surprised customers in our showroom pretty ticked off when they found out their new vehicle didn’t have the FGAWR to handle a blade. FGAWR, or Front Gross Axle Weight Rating, is a number you can’t ignore. If exceed your vehicle’s capacity, you risk serious and expensive damage to your truck.
FGAWR can be found on the inside panel of the driver’s side door (on any vehicle, by the way). Make sure the plow you’re considering is within the vehicle’s specifications. Cleveland plow manufacturer Meyer Products’ website features an EZ Match System online that pretty much does what you’d think: it helps you determine which plow and accessories your truck can handle. Of course, you can also call a local snowplow dealer (like us!) with questions. You can reach JTI at 440.232.4311.
2. Determine what you need. Like everything else, options abound.
Straight blades are more economical than V plows, but depending on the job, one style blade can be better than the other. Try to have a general idea of the work you’ll be doing before you buy. (Just driveways? Also parking lots? Will you need to pile, or just push the snow?)
Also before you buy, ask your local dealer if you can get your hands on the plow. Once you’re out there plowing, you’ll have to make adjustments on the fly – in the dark – with the snow and ice flying. Better to get a little education in a nice, dry, well-lit showroom before your first day of OTJ training!
Once you’re plowing, you may realize a few accessories could make your life easier. Lights, extra straps, grease… if you’re looking for a plow accessory, call us – we probably have it.
3. Who’s supporting you? You need to consider what kind of support you’ll have from your dealer as well as from the plow manufacturer.
We’ve found Meyer Products to be a very ethical company, staffed by truly helpful people who know their products and they stand behind them. Meyer’s warranty is simply the best in the industry.
Obviously, that’s important from an aggravation standpoint. (It’s much nicer to work with a company that says, “let’s make this right” rather than “you bought it, it’s your problem.”) It’s also important because a snowplow is a pretty big investment, both time and dollar-wise. And like any hardworking equipment, your plow is going to need replacement parts from time to time. Knowing that your manufacturer stands behind its warranty (and has replacement parts readily available) is key, as is knowing that your dealer has a good relationship with the manufacturer.
At JTI, we spend time with our staff and Meyer Product reps to ensure we’re as ready as we can be for whatever the winter brings. Got questions? Need to find replacement parts? Would a salt spreader help you get more snow removal business? We’re here to help, 6 days a week. ________________________________________________________________________