Everett Warren Backs Up Troops as Volunteer for Project EverGreen’s SnowCare for Troops Funded by THE BOSS Snowplow
Everett Warren, owner of Green Man Enviroscaping, offers custom landscaping and snow and ice removal services for clients in Central Pennsylvania and finds time to give back to his community through service projects. As a member of Project EverGreen’s SnowCare for Troops, Warren provides complimentary snow and ice removal for the family of a deployed service member in his area. Now in its second year, SnowCare for Troops is funded by THE BOSS Snowplow and was created to help lighten the load for the families of our service men and women.
Q: What is SnowCare for Troops?
A: SnowCare for Troops is an outreach program coordinated by Project EverGreen and funded by THE BOSS Snowplow that connects local snow removal professionals and other volunteers with men and women serving our country in the armed forces away from home. The program matches volunteers with military families in their local communities to help with the tough task of snow removal on the home front.
Q: Why is a program like SnowCare for Troops needed?
A: Often the family members left behind are faced with the burden of managing all of the household responsibilities without a support network. SnowCare for Troops lends a helping hand to lighten the load.
Q: How do you sign up to help a military family with snow removal services?
A: It’s easy to volunteer, and you can join by visiting the Project EverGreen website at www.projectevergreen.com/scft. Hundreds of snow removal companies have already signed up for the SnowCare for Troops program, and many more volunteers are needed. I’m impressed with how professional the organization is and I’m excited about getting set up with my family for this year. It feels good to give back in this way.
Q. Are there other ways to support SnowCare for Troops?
A. Yes. In addition to volunteering, you can loan snow removal equipment to a local volunteer, and you can donate money, transportation or gas cards.
Q: Why did you volunteer for SnowCare for Troops?
A: I believe it’s important to give back to those who are giving their service to our country. It’s good karma to pay it forward, and SnowCare for Troops helps out in a very concrete way.
Q: Why did you choose THE BOSS for your snow removal equipment?
A: I research all my business decisions and chose THE BOSS because of its dependability and dealer service. We have had significant snow events in this area, so I do depend on THE BOSS equipment to be in top working condition. I also have confidence in THE BOSS dealer network in case I need parts or service. So far, I’ve not had to worry about that, but it’s an important factor.
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How To Properly Aim Your Snowplow Headlights
Visibility when snowplowing is key to efficiency and safety. The BOSS Snowplow makes it easy for you to see even on the darkest, nastiest of nights with our SmartLight2 headlight system. The system is designed to make it easier to see wider, farther and with more consistency. While the BOSS SmartLight2 system does offer a vise-like mounting grip to keep the lights in alignment, it is a good idea to check your alignment from time to time to make sure the headlights are properly aimed.
This video provides a how-to-guide on aiming your snowplow headlights in addition to step by step instruction guide also listed below.
HEADLIGHT AIMING PROCEDURE
1. Place the vehicle on a level surface 25 feet in front of a matte-white screen, such as a garage door. The screen should be perpendicular to both the ground and the vehicle.
2. The vehicle should be equipped for normal operation. The snowplow blade should be in place and in the raised position.
3. Next are some points listed by the Society of Automotive engineers (SAE) pertinent to headlight aiming. These points can be found in publication #SAEJ5991D
Preparation for Headlight Aim or Inspection
- Before checking beam aim, the inspector shall:
- Remove ice or mud from under fenders.
- See that no tire is noticeably deflated.
- Check vehicle springs for sag or broken leaves.
- See that there is no load in the vehicle other than the driver.
- Check functioning of any “level-ride” controls.
- Clean lenses and aiming pads.
- Check for bulb burnout, broken mechanical aiming pads, and proper beam switching.
- Stabilize suspension by rocking vehicle sideways
4. Mark (or tape) the vehicle centerline of the headlights and the vehicle itself on the screen. Mark the horizontal centerline of the headlights on the screen (distance from ground to headlight centers). The correct visual aim for Type 2 headlights is with the top edge of the high intensity zone of the lower beam below the horizontal centerline and the left edge of the high intensity zone on the vertical centerline. See diagram below.
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Get The Job Done More Efficiently With Snow Plow Wings
Getting the job done better and faster is the name of the game in the snow plowing industry. To increase your plowing efficiency the addition of blade wings is a choice of many snow plow contractors. Snow plow wings are perfect for parking lots and apartment building complexes or any area where you need to move large amounts of snow in a short amount of time.
The BOSS Snowplow Plow Wings increase the width of a snow plow blade by a full 22 inches. Each wing kit is 11 inches in width and is situated at a 30 degree angle. These features provide a much larger blade for windrowing, while at the same time minimizing snow spill off. When it comes to cleanup work or moving bulk snow from a parking lot, plow wings can help you finish jobs faster and easier.
As seen in the video below, plows wings can be easily installed on your plow. Once installed, plow wings attach or detach in seconds making it even easier to add or take away plow width for the job at hand.
How To Install THE BOSS Snowplow Plow Wings
*THE BOSS Snowplow Plow Wings are available for the Power-V, Power-VXT and Straight Blade models excluding the Sport-Duty and Municipal models.
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How To Change Your Snow Plow Hydraulic Fluid
As part of the general maintenance of your BOSS Snowplow it is recommended that you change the hydraulic fluid once per season. The following how to video will walk you thru the proper way to change the fluid on your BOSS Snowplow.
Changing Your BOSS Snowplow Hydraulic Fluid
In addition, here are some general instructions about changing the hydraulic fluid on your snowplow:
- Make sure to wear proper safety gear including safety glasses, gloves and steel toed boots.
- Remove the drain plug. The drain plug is accessible from the bottom of the hydraulic pan on the plow. Remove it and drain the fluid.
- When refilling add about a quart of BOSS branded hydraulic fluid.
- Attach the plow to the truck and cycle the plow wings several times. This purges the air from the system.
- Then keep the plow attached to the truck, lower the blade, and put the wings back in the V position.
- Top off the fluid to the point where you can just see it in the bottom of the fill elbow.
- Properly dispose of the old hydraulic fluid.
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Ten Snow Plowing Safety Reminders
As the winter season heats up, as you jump in the cab of your truck and put your plow on the road, remember these safety tips to keep you, your truck and your plow safe this plowing season.
- When transporting a snowplow, angle the blade to the right (toward the curb). This will reduce the chance of catching a curb or a snowbank that could pull your vehicle into it.
- Never operate a plow while transporting it to and from a job site. It's a good idea to keep the plow control turned off in order to prevent accidental operation.
- When transporting a plow, position the blade so as not to block the plow headlights or your vision.
- Do not exceed 40 mph when transporting a plow. Do not exceed 14 mph when plowing.
- When transporting a plow or while plowing, check the temperature gauge often. Overheating the engine can be costly. If the vehicle overheats, stop and correct the problem. If overheating occurs while transporting, stop and adjust blade position to allow more airflow to the radiator.
Look Out For Hidden Obstacles
- Before it snows, walk around the area you will be plowing to check for obstacles that will become hidden when snow is on the ground. Look for things such as bumper stops and speed bumps, curbs, sidewalk edges, shrubs, water drains, fire hydrants, fences and pipes sticking up from the ground. To prevent damage to the area being plowed as well as to your snowplow and truck, mark any obstructions that will be hard to see when there's snow on the ground.
- Always wear a seat belt when operating a motor vehicle and never plow with your head out the window.
Look Once and Look Again
- When moving in reverse, don't rely on the vehicle mirrors. Turn around and look where you're going.
Know Your Surfaces
- When plowing in dirt or gravel, lower the plow shoes. This will raise the blade so you don't scrape the surface away. When plowing on asphalt or concrete, raise or remove the plow shoes so that you scrape as close to the surface as possible.
Be Nice To The Hydraulics
- When you're finished plowing, lower the blade to the ground and turn the plow control off for safety. This will also take stress off the hydraulic components.
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