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Winter Equipment Preparation Checklist



Preparing departments and equipment for winter centers on maintenance, inspection and training


By Brian K. Birch   Grounds Management

OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Avoiding Winter Equipment WoesPt. 2: Equipment Training for Snow and Ice ManagementPt. 3: This Page
Truck plowing snowOne of the biggest mistakes managers can make is to wait until the first snowfall to ensure that crews start the equipment-preparation process.

TRUCKS AND EQUIPMENT

•Pressure wash equipment, and inspect and repair as required.
•Inspect electrical components, including batteries, starters, alternators, connections, fuses and lights.
•Check hydraulic systems for leaks, damaged hoses and connections, and repair as necessary. Tie them up or back where required to protect them during operational conditions.
•Change the oil and oil filters. Other filters should be checked and replaced as necessary.
•Inspect electrical components, including batteries, starters, alternators, connections, fuses, lights, light sockets, loose and frayed wires and connectors.

PLOWS

• Flush and replace hydraulic fluid.
• Check cutting edges for wear.
• Replace shoes if necessary.
• Inspect and tighten hoses and fittings.
• Inspect pivots and pins.
• Check and clean electrical connections.
• Check and tighten fasteners.
• Check plow and truck light operation.
• Inspect for mechanical damage.

SPREADERS

• Inspect and tighten hoses and fittings.
• Check and adjust chain tension.
• Check and clean electrical connections.
• Check and tighten all set screws and fasteners.
• Inspect for mechanical damage.
• Check and lubricate fittings, making sure to check and service gearboxes as necessary.
• Calibrate the equipment.
• Check pumps on the liquid applicators for leaks and overall operation.
• Check nozzles and spray bars for breaks, leaks and uniformity in spray pattern. Are nozzles missing or plugged? Are the correct nozzles in place?

Brian Birch is the chief operating officer of the Snow & Ice Management Association, www.sima.org, which offers information and resources on training and best practices for anti-icing and snow management.


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