Equipment

Snowplow


It is the most loved and hated tool by children, because, on the one hand, it amuses them with the shoveling of snow, while on the other it disappoints them because it cleans the whitewashed soil where they play. We are talking about the snow plow, another useful garden tool in the alpine areas and in those characterized by heavy snowfall. Even if the snow plow is loved by the little ones, it must naturally be used safely only by adults, since it is a contraption equipped with blades, cutters and hoes for shoveling, turning and collecting excess snow. To this useful tool we have dedicated a large section full of descriptive contents. We invite you to consult it to learn more about all the incredible features of this tool. If you like, you can also take a look at this introductory article, where you will learn about the main features of the snow plow. The snow plow is the tool you need to shovel snow from a sidewalk pavement, pavement, driveway or from a wall. Many snow plows are used by administrations to shovel snow on public land. In the past, the snow plow was a real human figure with a shovel that for hours and hours cleaned miles of snow-covered public land. Today, snow plows, even public ones, are power tools driven by specialized operators. These tools are generally presented as tractors with large rubber wheels and a shovel or shovel that collects all the snow it meets in front of its path. For domestic use and for small spaces, snow plows can have smaller dimensions and a different shape. The latter, equipped with a simple ergonomic handle, are electric and have a small shovel that allows you to work on small spaces such as gardens and paths. The snow plow feeding mechanism, as you may have noticed by reading these lines, can be electric or motorized. Electric snow plows are used for small jobs and for hobby purposes. They are equipped with a wire to attach to the socket and are used to shovel small surfaces and for small distances. The movement of these tools takes place thanks to small wheels driven by a manual push. Snowthrowers with petrol engines, fueled by diesel or petrol, have a self-propelled traction mechanism, that is mechanical. They are equipped with controls to operate the digger and gears similar to those of the car or tractor. Snow plows are classified not only on the basis of the feeding mechanism, but also on the basis of how the snow moves. In the latter case, in fact, there are snow plows with a blade and a turbine. The models with blades are equipped with a cutter that compresses and then scrapes snow from the ground, whereas the turbine models have a digger that collects snow and shoots it through turbines. The care and maintenance of the snow plow must be carried out according to the manufacturer's instructions. These indications are usually reported in the user manual. Before operating the tool, remember to warm up the cutter or blade. It is not recommended to move it immediately because the thermal stress generated by low temperatures could damage it and block it. After heating the tool, you can proceed with the work. Before sweeping the snow, however, it is also advisable to check the soil structure, so as to identify dangerous debris hidden under the snow. These debris, like large stones, for example, could be shoveled with violence, even ending up hitting vehicles and people. The snow plow must also follow a break-in period to work at its best. The tool must therefore be left on for a few seconds with the gear in neutral. The first job is then carried out in a light manner, keeping the engine at about a third of its effective power. Minimum speed must last for at least ten hours. The tool is kept in a dry and safe place, preferably protected by a cloth. In the powered snow plow it is also advisable to empty the petrol and diesel from the tank and store them in separate tanks. The recovered fuel can also be used on other vehicles with the same feeding mechanism. After the first shoveling, it is advisable to remove the oil and replace it with the new one. If in the user manual it is reported to replace the oil every year, do it after the end of the winter season. This operation prevents the fumes and vapors diluted in the used oil from corroding the metals of the snow plow. The costs of the snow plow vary according to the model, quality, dimensions and use of the tool. The electric models of small dimensions, to be used for hobby and for small surfaces, do not usually exceed one hundred euros. Instead, professional petrol-driven snow throwers can cost from seven hundred euros upwards. To learn more about the use and operation of the snow plow, we invite you to consult and visit our section once again.