In order to be successful, you have to have to have the right tool for the job. Snow and ice management is no different. However, sometimes narrowing down what the right tool is can be a challenge. Each piece of snow removal equipment has its own set of specific elements to research. If you’ve decided what you need is a box plow, let us help you straighten out some of the things to consider before purchasing one:
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What Kind of Job Are You Doing?
The type of job you plan on doing will play a huge part in the type of plow you chose. Generally, if you are plowing a heavy amount of sidewalks, which are very narrow, you’re going to want a smaller plow. You’ll want a plow that will clean the entire area without going over the edge of the sidewalk. BOSS offers a four foot ATV plow that is ideal for sidewalk use. Wider UTV snow plows are more equipped for residential, short driveways. If you are looking to plow more rugged terrain, such as a long camp drive, you might want to consider a v-plow as it can more easily break trail and cut through ice.
Shawn O’Keefe, a snow removal contractor with Midwest Landscape Specialists, Inc., has been servicing commercial parking lots for eight years. With many seasons of plowing in Northwest Indiana, Shawn typically pushes approximately 40 inches of snow per winter. It’s easy to see that he has a lot of experience with snow management, especially because he has plowed with a BOSS for five of those seasons. When we asked what he loved about BOSS so much the answer was easy, and he replied, “Reliability and strength; ease of use.” He explained that his initial attraction to BOSS was how well built the plow is. He elaborates, “BOSS is indestructible; it can’t be broken.”
With plowing season officially behind us, we wanted to take this opportunity to not only thank you for supporting BOSS SNOWPLOW but to thank each of you who worked tirelessly to restore order to your homes, towns, cities and communities this past snow removal season. When winter was at it's worst you once again endured.
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We recently surveyed BOSS Owners Group members and asked them to tell us about this past plowing season. Here's a summary of their responses:
As anyone in snow and ice management knows, the selection of deicing material and equipment can be complicated and varies greatly by personal preferences and experiences. For those new to the industry finding straightforward answers to basic questions regarding the use of deicers can be somewhat of a challenge. There is much debate about what materials to spread and which equipment to use. If you find yourself needing assistance when choosing spreading materials, use this blog and infographic to help find the right equipment, and more importantly, the proper type of deicing material you should be filling that equipment with.
Michael started plowing when he was in high school and has been plowing for 16 years. He now owns and operates Liberty Outdoor Services with his wife, Breanna, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Snow removal runs in the Berg family and he credits his beginnings in the snow business to his father. He’s grown up around snowplows and says, “I’ve always plowed.”
Michael plows on average 50 inches per year and around 15-25 events, with 25 being a busy winter last season. He’s responsible for both commercial and residential accounts and performs sidewalk snow removal. He utilizes both of his BOSS dealers, Proven Power, where he purchased his UTV plow and Snowplow Solutions for all snow & ice removal equipment needs.
With 41 years of plowing under his belt, it is fair to say that Al Hunt has many of plowing stories to tell. As the owner of Al’s Snow Removal located in Dearborn, Michigan, Al, also known as “Big Al”, battles an average 45 inches of snow each season equating to 12 plowing events and 30 salting events. The winter of 2014 exceeded all averages with Al and his team heading out to service 22 plowing events! Al has put his BOSS Power-V plow to the test time and again and he has not looked back since switching to BOSS over four years ago. In addition to the reliability and durability of the plow, Al has enjoyed the efficiency gains of using a multi-position v-plow.
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: