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How To Use A Snow Plow

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Snow removal can be time consuming and extremely difficult if you have a large parking area or a long driveway to clear off. Personal snow plows have made the task simpler by taking the work from your shoulders and placing it on the plow.

Personal snow plows are available for pickup trucks, SUVs, mini vans, cars, ATVs and UTVs. This article will focus on front mount personal plows built for vehicles (non ATV or UTV.) Many find these truck accessories ideal because of the ease of use.

Steps

  1. Install a receiver hitch and attach the plow.
     
  2. how to use a snow plow
    A Curtis front mount snow plow
    Before plowing, lower the blade if the system requires you to do so. Now it is a matter of simply driving forward to plow and backing your vehicle in reverse, leaving the snow where you piled it.
     
  3. To ensure you save fuel and time, take a measured approach. If you are plowing a large parking area, begin at the outermost edge from where you plan on piling the snow. Then, working one side to the other, systematically move the snow toward your pile. Depending upon the depth of the snowfall or the last time you plowed, you may have to return to some areas you've already plowed to catch some leftover snow.
     
  4. If you are plowing a long drive, begin at the bottom of the drive and make your way up to the top of where you plan on depositing your snow. Again, work systematically from one side to the other. As with working in the large parking area, you will have to go over some areas again because of leftover snow, especially with long driveways.
     
  5. Depending upon the type of personal plow you purchase, you may have the ability to adjust the angling interceptor. This will allow you to use the blade to plow the snow straight or to plow at an angle. For those who have long driveways, plowing at an angle may be an ideal solution.
     
  6. After removing your personal plow for regular daily vehicle use, use a hitch plug to ensure your hitch doesn't fill with snow, ice or other debris. This will make attaching your personal plow a breeze when you need it most.

Tips

  • When the snow is thick, wet or compacted, driving slower will allow the blade to dig in further. This will save you time and fuel by not having to make so many passes with your plow.
  • After removing your personal plow for regular daily vehicle use, use a hitch plug to ensure your hitch doesn't fill with snow, ice or other debris. This will make attaching your personal plow a breeze when you need it most.
  • When traveling further distances with your personal plow, take a moment to ensure all pins and other safety devices are securely in place to ensure the plow is locked tightly to the hitch.
  • Some plows may cover your headlights when placed in the 'non-use' position for travel. Keep this in mind when researching your purchase if you plan to travel in the evening or at night.

Online retailers, like RealTruck.com, offer a variety of brands, styles and sizes of personal snow plows. A top seller in the industry is the SnowSport HD Utility Snow Plow.