The Snowplow Blogger

Snow Plow Tripping: A Comparison of the BOSS XT vs DXT

Posted by Jodie Gilroy on Dec 16, 2014 7:30:00 AM

 

Let’s face it snow plows are bound to encounter obstacles.  Those obstacles could include manhole covers, curbs, frozen snow banks and everything in between.  If you have been snowplowing for any period of time, you could probably add a few other items to that list.  Obstructions and obstacles are one of the unavoidable dangers of snowplowing. 

As such, snow plow manufacturers design and build snow plows with trip protection technology to help protect the plow and truck from damage.  The tripping mechanism works in tandem with the snow plow’s pressure relief valves that are also designed to reduce the impact caused by obstructions.  BOSS Snowplows, including the BOSS XT & DXT, are specifically designed with one of three types of tripping systems:

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The Biggest Myth About Snow Plow Direct Lift Hydraulic Attachment Systems Dispelled

Posted by Taylor Peiffer on Dec 9, 2014 9:23:00 AM

When you choose a direct lift, hydraulic attachment system for your snow plow you get a reliable and easy to use system that features quick hookup and detach capabilities. However, there are some myths that hover around this kind of system that need to be dispelled. Primarily, some say that in the rare event of hydraulic failure, you will not be able to get your direct lift snowplow elevated for transportation. This is simply not true. Just like a chain lift system, you can strap your direct lift system up with a ratchet strap, something that most snow removal professionals have in an emergency parts kit anyway. Even if you have a chain style lift, you should have a ratchet strap handy. If your chain fails, you will have no way to lift the plow or if there isn’t enough snow to ride the plow up to short chain your chain lift system, you’ll need a strap to transport the plow.

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Topics: direct lift snow plows

4 Simple Steps to Adjust Your Snow Plow Cutting Edge

Posted by Taylor Peiffer on Dec 3, 2014 2:50:23 PM

Ford, Dodge, Chevy, GMC, Toyota.....F150, 1500, Tundra, 2500…regular, crew or super cab…the variety of truck configurations is vast!  Because every make, model and year can result in differences from truck to truck, unique truck undercarriages need to be designed to give you the option to mount a snow plow on your truck. Due to the configuration differences between each truck, the bumper height can vary greatly, and this could cause the cutting edge on your BOSS RT3 V-plow to be misaligned with the ground upon initial install.

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"Like A BOSS" - Meet BOSS Owner Jason Perkins

Posted by Katie Roell on Nov 25, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Jason Perkins, also known as “Perk,” has been snow plowing with a BOSS snow plow for 14 years. Perkins runs Perkins Commercial and battles around 40 inches of snow a year with his 9’2” Poly V-plow and his TGS 800 Spreader.  For Perkins, plowing snow is much more than a job, it’s a fun hobby! Perkins says, “When I get done with my accounts, I go and plow my family and friend’s places just to play!” 

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How to Create a Snow & Ice Removal Event Log

Posted by Taylor Peiffer on Nov 18, 2014 3:15:00 PM

On-site documentation of the work performed and conditions of the properties that you are providing snow and ice management services for can be very beneficial. By recording what has been done at each property that is receiving your services, you can save yourself from any confusion that may arise down the road about a particular snow event or about the work performed.

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Winter 2014: Cold, Snow and Plows

Posted by Jodie Gilroy on Nov 4, 2014 7:42:00 AM

Snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures; no doubt this past winter had it all.  All across the nation, snowfall records were broken and below zero temperatures prevailed, and all the while the snow plows didn't stop moving.  As we prepare for the Winter of 2015, check out the highlights of 2014 in this Winter 2014 infographic.

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The Ultimate Guide to Snowplow Accessories

Posted by Taylor Peiffer on Oct 29, 2014 11:30:00 AM

When purchasing a snowplow, you get much more than just the plow. There are many pieces of equipment that typically come standard with a snowplow, such as a coupler tower, a-frame, undercarriage, wiring and controller, and attachment system. With all of these components you are ready to get out there and start plowing. However, many people opt to buy additional items to supplement their snowplow, whether it be an accessory to make their plow easier to use, to add an element of safety or to protect the plow from damage. Read on to learn about some of the accessories commonly available for snow and ice equipment.

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Topics: snowplow accessories

“Good product. Good people. And hardwork.”

Posted by Katie Roell on Oct 7, 2014 11:13:52 AM

Mid- Michigan Snow Equipment is one of the oldest BOSS Distributors and recently celebrated their 30 year anniversary as a successful business.  Byron and his brother Ted Russell began their business as lawn and snow contractors that later became a snow removal distributing business following a snowmobiling trip.  While Ted Russell was on the trip, he met a BOSS Sales Representative.  He quickly became intrigued by the BOSS Multi-position Plow concept and shared the enthusiasm with his brother.  Before long, they ordered their first order of six BOSS Snowplows in late March.  As snow contractors at the time, they purchased two plows for themselves and tried them out on their own trucks.  Impressed by the design and quality of the plows, they soon became a BOSS Distributor. 

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How To Train a Snow & Ice Removal Rookie

Posted by Taylor Peiffer on Sep 30, 2014 10:59:00 AM

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With such a relentless, record-breaking winter we experienced last season, you may have added or are considering adding a few new members to your snow removal team. Some may be experienced snow and ice removal professionals with many winters under their belts, while others may be new to the industry. For the newcomers, you will want to provide adequate training on snowplowing best practices.  This will not only help them when the first storm hits but will also help to establish your performance expectations levels and safety standards. 

The Accredited Snow Contractors Association’s 2014 American National Standard highlights snow plowing basics that could be beneficial for your new hire to know*. Share these tips and help them put the best plow forward.

 

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Topics: snow and ice management

14 Things You Need to Know Before Buying De-icing Equipment

Posted by Taylor Peiffer on Sep 17, 2014 9:29:13 AM

When it comes to ice management, there are many spreading applications available for a contractor to choose from. There are many different features and spreading materials that can be used, which can make choosing the right equipment a little difficult. Whether you are responsible for deicing your own personal driveway or if you are a commercial snow and ice management professional, we’ve created this guide to help sort out what you’ll need to consider before purchasing deicing equipment.

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Topics: hopper spreaders, de-icing equipment, tailgate spreaders

    
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