When you are considering putting a snowplow on your truck, there are many options and styles that you may want to check out. A system like the Unimount snowplow offers some advantages that can make them an excellent fit for a residential user, and most manufacturers offer this kind of mounting system.
When you are mounting your snowplow in the winter, you want a system that is easy to connect by yourself. A mounting system like the Unimount is designed so that you can drive up to the plow and connect the pins and electrical connections, then drive away with the plow attached.
When you are ready to disconnect the plow, you can put it on the ground, pull the two pins out of the frame, disconnect the electrical connections, and back up. The plow will sit where you put it until the next time that you need it. Anyone can use this system effectively as it does not require any lifting or messing with chains and messy hydraulic fittings.
When you own a pickup truck that you use all year long, dealing with the plow frame and lights on the truck when you are not using the plow can be problematic. If you need to do something like check the engine oil or inspect the belts and hoses, you have to work around the push frame just to get to the hood latch, and the frame can be in the way while doing the work.
Installing a plow like the Unimount snowplow eliminates this problem because when you remove the plow, you remove the frame as well. The entire assembly stays together, so the only thing left on your truck are two small electrical connectors that you plug the plow into when you are using it. This can save a lot of frustration when you need to get under the hood of the truck.
Maintaining Your Snowplow
This snowplow system does not require a lot of additional maintenance because it is a self-contained unit. The hydraulic system uses an electric pump motor and is mounted to the frame, not the truck, so there are no extra belts or reservoirs to deal with on the truck.
The pump reservoir still needs to be checked for oil levels before you start using the snowplow, but it can be done before you ever mount the plow. You may want to add some dielectric grease to the electrical connectors to keep water and dirt out of them and apply a little grease to the push frame receivers under the bumper when the plow is not on the truck.
The only other maintenance the system will need is to replace the cutting edge on the plow when it starts to wear, but you would need to do that on any plow system you choose.