THE BOSS Snowplow Awards Prize in Ultimate Christmas Giveaway
Poplar Grove, Ill., Subcontractor Ron Bucci Wins 9’2” Poly Power-V XT
Snow removal subcontractor Ron Bucci got an extra special Christmas present under the tree this holiday courtesy of THE BOSS Snowplow. Bucci learned on Christmas morning that he was the winner of THE BOSS Snowplow’s Ultimate Christmas Giveaway. His prize? THE BOSS Snowplow of his choosing. On Friday, Jan. 13, Bucci picked up his prize − a new 9’2” Poly Power-V XT − from Monroe Truck Equipment, 1051 W. 7th St., Monroe, Wis.
“Needless to say, this was a really nice Christmas present and I can’t thank BOSS enough for their generosity,” Bucci exclaimed. “I’ve been a BOSS fan for many years and this caught me totally by surprise.”
Bucci, an electrician by trade who also works as a snow removal subcontractor during the winter months, said this new plow is his third BOSS plow. “I’ve really come to rely on them for their dependability and ease of installation,” he added. “There’s very little down time and not a lot of maintenance required. This will be a great addition to my BOSS fleet.”
“BOSS received a tremendous response to our Ultimate Christmas Giveaway sweepstakes and we’re thrilled to award this prize to Ron Bucci,” said Mark Klossner, marketing director for THE BOSS Snowplow. “We hope that Ron enjoys his new plow and we know he’ll make great use of it in the years to come.”
The Ultimate Christmas Giveaway online sweepstakes kicked off Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. CST and closed at 8:00 a.m. CST on Dec. 24. The Grand Prize winner was announced via THE BOSS Snowplow Facebook page on Dec. 25.
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Protecting Your Plow Truck's Transmission During Snow Removal
One of the most common vehicle problems encountered while plowing is damage to the transmission. Overheating the transmission fluid as well as improper use, can contribute to the problem. Keep the following tips in mind when heading out on your next snow plowing run to minimize damage to your plow truck's transmission.
- Most vehicle manufacturers do not recommend snow plowing in overdrive. Consult your vehicle owners manual to find out if plowing in overdrive is recommended--and if so, when and how.
- Plan your plowing pattern so that you are driving forward as much as possible.
- Come to a complete stop before shifting from forward to reverse.
- Wait until the transmission engages before accelerating.
- Accelerate slowly, allowing the wheels to grip the road surface for better traction. Avoid spinning the tires.
- To start a pass, start the vehicle in motion. Then drop the snowplow blade.
- Whenever possible, back into a cleared area.
- If you have a manual transmission, avoid riding the clutch while plowing.
- After plowing, let the vehicle idle for ten minutes or more to allow the transmission cooler time to cool the transmission fluid.
- If you are plowing often during the season, change your transmission fluid before and during the season. A good rule of thumb is to pull your transmission dipstick periodically and smell the fluid. If the fluid has a burnt smell, you should change the fluid as soon as possible.
- To monitor the heat in your transmission, you can install an inline transmission gauge. Once the temperature reaches 250°F, you should let the vehicle idle until the transmission fluid cools to a lower temperature.
Following these tips will help extend the life of your plow truck's transmission and keep your maintenace repair bills down during the season.
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How To Efficiently Snowplow A Parking Lot
If you are new to snowplowing, the following lists of tips will help you follow the proper etique when snowplowing a parking lot plus help you get the job done faster. If you are a seasoned veteran, what other tricks of the trade would you share with newbie's to the snowplowing business?
Plowing Parking Lots
- Make sure you know where the customer wants you to pile the snow.
- Use extra caution when plowing next to curbs.
- If a significant amount of snow is expected, plow with the storm rather than letting snow accumulate.
- Keep water drains and catch basins clear at all times.
- Do not stack snow by the road so as not to block the visibility of vehicles coming or leaving the parking lot.
- Use caution when plowing next to parked cars--as the snow can push you into the car.
- When pushing snow that is next to a building, push away from the building.
- If you are responsible for sidewalks, they should be shoveled first before you start plowing so that the snow can be plowed away.
- To start a pass, start the vehicle in motion. Then drop the blade.
- As you come to the end of a pass, lift off from the accelerator while starting to use the brake. At the same time, start to raise the blade to help stack the snow--and to make it easier on your electrical system.
- Plow areas in front of buildings and overhead doors first. With the blade raised and in the Straight-position, drive up to the building, drop the blade, and pull the snow away from the building. Then turn your vehicle around, back into the cleared area and push the snow to the outer edges of the lot.
- Push the banks back far enough to accommodate future snowfalls.
- After backdragging snow away from the buildings, it's time to start plowing the lot. Start by making a pass down the center of the lot, and then push snow in windrows to the outer edges. If there has been a significant amount of snowfall, push as much bulk off the lot as possible. Then go over it again. In large lots it may be best to break your plowing down into smaller areas.
- Do not pile snow in the middle of the lot. It will be difficult to remove later.
- Do not pile snow near handicapped parking areas.
- Plow in straight lines whenever possible and push to the outer edges of the lot. Keep the wind direction in mind--and pile snow downwind to minimize drifting later.
- Plow snow during low-traffic hours and always be cautious of cars and people in the lot.
- Once the majority of the snow is removed from the lot, it's time to do the cleanup work. Start by plowing next to curbs. Be sure to square off corners where possible, and don't leave trails of snow behind.
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