Easing the Burden for Military Families, Michael Lindquist Backs Up Troops with Help on Home front
When duty calls, the men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces have America’s back as the first on the front lines to protect our freedom. That’s why Michael Lindquist, owner of Wilton Auto & Tire Center, Wilton, Conn., is backing up our troops as a volunteer with Project EverGreen’s SnowCare for Troops.
SnowCare for Troops is underwritten by THE BOSS Snowplow and matches registered military families with a spouse serving overseas with local snowplow professionals to provide free snow removal services. For the family member left behind, the burden of having to take on all of the household and caregiving tasks can weigh heavily during long deployments.
“Our family experienced this firsthand when my nephew, Brian, served with the National Guard a few years ago and did a tour in Afghanistan in the infantry,” explains Lindquist. Brian served with the National Guard for six years. “It was a nerve-wracking time for our family.”
Lindquist, who started his automotive service business 17 years ago, became a BOSS dealer in 2010 and learned about SnowCare for Troops when browsing THE BOSS website. “I thought it was a great way to give back and to show support for our military who give 100 percent to us.”
SnowCare for Troops is in its fourth season with about 3,750 families and 1,400 volunteers signed up to participate in the program.
“We all forget what families go through when a spouse gets called overseas. Then suddenly they are left to do everything including plowing the driveway,” adds Lindquist.
“Next time you are pushing snow in a warm cab with a hot cup of coffee, think about what our troops are facing at that very moment and how their families feel worrying about their safety.” Then think about joining SnowCare for Troops.
HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT PROJECT EVERGREEN’S SNOWCARE FOR TROOPS:
• Volunteer at projectevergreen.com/scft
• Loan snow removal equipment to a local volunteer.
• Donate money, transportation or gas cards.
• Refer a military family.
Terms and Conditions
How to Install Your BOSS Snowplow Caster Kit
When your snowplow comes off the truck at the end of the season, it’s not always ideal
to have it stationary. Sometimes where it’s first placed isn’t where it ends up staying and it can be a lot of work to move it elsewhere. To combat this problem, BOSS is pleased to announce the release of our newest accessory: a Plow Caster “Dolly” Wheel Kit. This kit is ideal for Homeowners, Contractors and Dealers alike for moving plows around the garage, service bay, or showroom floor. Two separate kits are available for straight and V-blades*. Check out how to install them below:
- Before you are ready to attach the caster “Dolly” wheels to your plow, you must first assemble the casters. Refer to your Caster Kit Installation Instructions or here for assembly instructions and pictures.
- Once the casters are assembled, raise your snowplow fully.
- Add two jack stands under the plow’s cutting edge for safety. Even though your plow is raised, anything could happen and you do not want the blade dropping unexpectedly.
- These casters utilize the preexisting holders for plow shoes. If plow shoes are already installed, remove and store in a safe place.
- For a V-blade apply the two large 3.25 inch caster assemblies in both
outer shoe holders. For a straight blade apply the two small 3 inch caster assemblies in both outer shoe holders. For both blades, adjust the washers as needed either above or below the shoe holder. Be sure to lock each of them in with the quick pin.
- For a V-blade, install the small 3 inch caster assembly into the center shoe holder. For a straight blade, remove the existing kickstand and insert the new caster kickstand with caster in the kickstand’s place. Be sure the new kickstand is then raised to max height and locked into place with the existing spring loaded pin.
- For a V-blade, remove the safety jack stands and lower the plow in the V-position onto a hard, level surface. For a straight blade, remove the safety jack stands and lower the plow onto a hard, level surface. Next, lower the kickstand caster assembly until the caster is resting on a hard, level surface. Be sure the spring loaded pin locks into the appropriate hole.
- With the plow controller in float mode, follow instructions to detach the plow and back your truck away. You can now push the plow to the desired location. All the casters have a locking brake. Step down on the brakes to set as needed.
- Use the reverse procedure when taking the caster assemblies off. Always be sure to use the safety jack stands.
The heavy duty caster wheels feature steel ball bearings for smooth movement and long lasting life, making moving your plow a breeze time and time again. If you have any additional questions on installing your plow caster kit, contact THE BOSS Snowplow any time at – www.bossplow.com.
*Kits not available for Power-V DXT, Sport-Duty, UTV/ATV, Skid Steer and 10' Straight-Blade plows.
Terms and Conditions
Personal Protective Equipment For Snow Employees
*By Doug Freer, CSP. Doug owns Blue Moose Snow Co. in Cleveland.
Your company has specific responsibilities as it relates to your employees’ health, safety and well-being. Providing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) is one such responsibility.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has minimum PPE requirements that employers must provide to employees at no expense to them. Similar state agencies may also have requirements. While there is some ambiguity in OSHA regulations as they relate specifically to the snow & ice management industry (See story on Page 48), at a minimum, a company needs to ensure it does not place its employees knowingly into an unsafe working environment. Now is the time to review your policies and make any appropriate changes to your program.
Cost To The Company
Managing uniforms and PPE is part of a company safety program, and the better managed the lower the indirect costs will be to the company.
Your company does not have to pay for or provide any PPE equipment that goes beyond OSHA’s minimum requirements. But consider whether certain items would improve employee safety and morale, and whether they are worth the investment regardless.
What is the cost of a workers’ compensation claim compared with the purchase of PPE that could have prevented the injury? Beyond an increase in premium costs, there are indirect costs related to employee injury, such as lost productivity and efficiency, increased labor costs, increased training costs for new/replacement employees, and increased supervisory time to manage incidents and the adjustments that have been made to the team.
Uniform items are not considered PPE but may serve a dual purpose of helping to prevent injuries and to keep your employees safe. A well-run safety program will, in part, focus on the management of uniform gear and PPE for its employees; but the cost of providing items either directly or through reimbursements, in addition to the administration of the program, are direct costs to the company and impact the bottom line.
What PPE Is Neccessary
From head to toe, consider the work environment, job description and function of each piece of PPE to determine what uniform or PPE could or should be used when performing the job. Pay particular attention to PPE related to tasks that involve chemical handling and prolonged exposure to the elements.
Required or optional?
When evaluating what gear or PPE is required in your company, remember that you cannot make an employee work in an unsafe condition. For example, if you require a hat and winter work gloves to perform their job and the employee shows up without them, you cannot force them to work without those items. Either you send them home or you provide them with replacements.
There is a difference, however, between minimum regulatory requirements and what you may require above and beyond for your employees to work. You may also make suggestions and choose to make certain items optional. While you do not have to provide items beyond the minimum, consider the hassle of not providing or making items available that you require.
Rain pants, a wind-blocking coat, knit hat and safety vest would help keep employees dry, warm and visible.
You don’t want to wait until the first storm of the season is bearing down on you to ensure your employees are outfitted and protected. Consider the following points as you build your PPE program:
- What PPE will you inventory in an equipment supply closet or cabinet that is ready for distribution?
- How will the inventory be managed and tracked, and who is responsible for those tasks?
- If you are not distributing PPE prior to the season, how will you verify that employees have the necessary PPE before they begin work?
- Do they need to bring it into work for someone to verify they have the necessary gear? What is the repercussion if they show up unprepared?
Company-provided PPE will result in readily available gear, increasing the convenience factor for employees, as well as ensuring consistency across the company. Providing the same type of safety vests or jackets with or without company identification/logos presents a unified appearance. What happens if you don’t provide them, for example, an employee brings a safety vest that does not meet your standards? It may take more time to manage the exceptions than it would to simply manage a PPE/uniform program that provides consistent results.
Employers must provide OSHA-required PPE at no cost to the employee, but what about additional company-required uniform or safety items that go beyond the minimum standard?
- Will you bite the bullet and make the investment to pay for all items?
- Will the employee be expected to return the items after each event or each season?
- For borrowed gear, will employees pay a deposit in the event of loss or damage?
- Can they pay for items via a payroll deduction?
- What happens if they lose it or wear out an item and require a replacement?
- Considering the expense to be properly equipped, will employees who must acquire the gear be financially capable of doing so prior to the season?
- Do you provide a PPE or uniform type reimbursement for certain items like winter work boots?
Employees should be trained on winter workplace safety and proper dress prior to the start of the season. You could hold a preseason meeting, post the information on a bulletin board, and include pertinent information in an employee or safety manual. Here are a few topics at minimum that should be covered:
- What type of gear or PPE is required or optional?
- What are the consequences of not wearing required uniform or PPE?
- How do you identify, protect against and avoid issues like frostbite, hypothermia and fatigue?
- What will the employee provide, and what will the company provide?
- Review the training/safety manual.
- Review best practices and let experienced workers share what has worked best for them.
- Review the position description and job function with each team member, and answer their questions about gear they may need and how they can acquire it.
Proper safety gear communicates a message to current and prospective employees as well as your clients and the general public.
Traffic cones and warning lights for vehicles and equipment are part of a coordinated safety program and help to ensure that the public and your employees are safe. Take your safety program a step further by proactively addressing and managing uniform/PPE for the benefit of your employees and company.
Safety tips - health and wellness in the field
Drink plenty of fluids. Mild dehydration can drain energy and make you feel tired. Your sidewalk crews, particularly hand labor crews, are likely in need of more fluids than equipment operators, given their increased level of activity. Water is the best choice for hydration.
Watch the caffeine. Research has shown that large amounts of caffeine—more than 500 to 600 milligrams (equivalent to 5 to 7 cups of coffee)—per day can have a diuretic effect and can make you jittery, sleepless or anxious. If you want hot tea or coffee, consider decaf.
Stay warm. Working outdoors without proper protection from the cold, wind and precipitation can weaken immune systems that may already be under stress. Make sure you are properly dressed for the weather.
Be a germ buster. During a storm, contractors may not have access to facilities to wash their hands, leaving them prone to spreading or catching colds or other illnesses. Prior to and after a storm event, wipe down steering wheels, plow and equipment controls, door handles and all other items in the cab that crews may touch. Antibacterial wipes and lotion are inexpensive and can be made readily available to your crews to encourage their use when soap and water are not available.
Suggested uniform and PPE by position description
- Proper undergarments for layering
- Water-resistant/proof jacket and outerwear
- Multiple layers of gloves in case they become wet
- Different types of gloves for different functions (general warmth, chemical handling, working on equipment, etc.
- Multiple hats to change during the storm as they get wet
- Waterproof and warm foot gear
- Reflective outerwear either incorporated into waterproof jacket or safety vest
Plow and/or salt truck driver
- Gloves for handling deicier equipment
- Eye/face protection for handling liquid deicing chemicals
- Hearing protection for snowblowers, backpack blowers, etc.
- Ski goggles for snowblowers or ATV operators
- Helmet for ATV operations
Article courtesy of Goplow.com. For additional educational articles visit: www.goplow.com
Terms and Conditions
Safety Tips For ATV & UTV Snow Removal Crews
ATV and UTV equipment has emerged as an efficient and effective means of snow removal for many snow contractors. Whether it is the clearing of a trail system, city sidewalk or residential path, the use of ATV and UTV equipment has become a popular tool in the snow removal toolbox. With any piece of equipment, operator safety needs to be of paramount concern and this is certainly the case with the operation of ATV and UTV equipment.
When you send someone out to plow with an ATV or UTV, have you explained the risks of the job to them? Have you taken steps to help them avoid an injury? Before sending your snow removal crew out this winter, address the ATV & UTV equipment risks with them and properly prepare the equipment for snow removal use.
Risk #1: Loss of control
Slipping on ice and sliding into something is one way to lose control and potentially causing injury to the equipment and operator. To maintain equipment control:
- Install Proper Tires – You want to be sure you have proper traction on snow and ice covered surfaces. Having the correct tires with adequate tread will help with controlling the equipment on these slippery services.
- Maintain Speed Control – Slow down and consider road conditions. As an extra precaution, install a governor on the machine to limit equipment speed.
- Keep Your Hands Where They Should Be – In the case of ATVs, taking your hands off the handlebars to operate the plow could lead to a loss of control. Manual lever-operated plows require you to remove at least one hand from the handlebars. A hydraulic or winch-operated plow is a better option since it allows you to keep your hands where they should be.
- Helmet & Seat Belt Use – In the unfortunate event that loss of control does happen, make sure you are wearing a DOT-rated helmet. Also, seat belts must be worn when in a UTV. The overhead structure on a UTV can kill an operator who falls out of the cab as it tips over, but a seat belt will keep them inside.
Risk #2: Poor visibility
Snow plow operators need to see and be seen. The operator of an ATV has better visibility than a UTV—no windshields to fog or ice up and no structure in the way. In addition, consider these tips to help eliminate visibility risks:
- Goggles with anti- fog technology, similar to those worn by downhill skiers, can work well for an ATV operator when it is snowing.
- A strobe light should be attached to the equipment.
- A high visibility vest should be worn by the operator.
Risk #3: Strains/sprains
The manual force required to raise and lower a lever-operated plow on an ATV can be a significant ergonomic risk. To minimize the chance of injury, ergonomic guidelines published by professional ergonomists would limit the acceptable force for a pull toward your body with one arm at shoulder height to no more than 10 ½ lbs. if performing this motion ≥ 2/min. and no more than 23 lbs. if doing it < 2/min. If you are not sure how yours compares to this guideline, hook a fish scale up to the lever and see how much force it requires. To lower the risk of injury, consider the use of a winch or hydraulically operated plow.
Risk #4: Slips and falls
Slips and falls are a hazard for those who work in snow and ice management. Minimizing the amount of time on and off the ATV & UTV equipment can minimize the risk:
- Consider the use of hydraulically operated plows as they eliminate getting on and off to change the plow angle.
- Use strap-on footwear with cleats for walking on slippery surfaces. This can make a huge difference and is well worth the cost when compared to the average slip and fall injury.
Risk #5: Stranded in the cold
A frequently overlooked risk is equipment breakdown or injury in remote areas. In the event of a breakdown:
- Have a means of communication such as a fully charged cell phone or two-way radio.
- Compact emergency roadside kits are available at most auto stores, which you can augment with your own items as desired. Be sure operators are familiar with the location & contents of such a kit.
- Lastly, if you are concerned about the wellbeing of someone alone in a remote location, there is technology available for “lone worker” monitoring. It can monitor the person’s location via GPS, prompt them to report in periodically, or notify someone if there is no motion for a predetermined amount of time. Some can even notify you of a sudden change in orientation – i.e. they are horizontal all of a sudden.
Awareness and education play a significant role in keeping your team safe. While ATVs & UTVs play a significant role in snow removal, don’t forget to educate your team on the risks and provide safe equipment before heading out to tackle the next winter storm.
Josh DeBroux is a certified safety professional and Environmental Health & Safety Director for The BOSS.
Terms and Conditions
Before You Buy that Diesel Snowplow Truck…
Diesel pickup trucks have no doubt gained in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. Diesel trucks have outstanding “work” characteristics, with loads of torque and relatively good fuel economy. They have a reputation for giving their owners a long life of powerful, durable and reliable operation.
But when it comes to buying a diesel-powered pickup truck for plowing snow, there are a few things you need to know before a purchase. It’s really important to do your homework ahead of time to avoid purchasing a new truck which may not have the capacity to safely handle a snowplow.
Diesels Engines Usually Weigh More
In simplest terms, the plow compatibility of a truck boils down to its front-end reserve capacity. To determine front end reserve capacity subtract FCURB (Front Curb Weight) from the FGAWR (Front Gross Axle Weight Rating). The FCURB is affected by such things as the cab style, bed length, engine size (and weight) and trim package. When vehicle OEMs calculate recommended plow size they may limit the vehicle to two occupants. BOSS Snowplow may also modify this calculation by restricting occupants to driver only. For these applications this will be clearly indicated in the notes field of the Plow Selector Tool.
Now, it’s important to note that the remaining reserve capacity is not the actual plow weight that can be mounted on the vehicle. So if a truck has 800 lbs of reserve capacity, it doesn’t mean you can mount an 800lb plow on it. Why? The plow’s weight is carried a distance forward from the front axle resulting in a multiplied effect. BOSS always uses the v position to do calculations.
Look at this example of how the weight of a diesel engine affects this vehicle’s carrying capacity:
2011 Dodge 2500/Crewcab/long box, 5.7L gas engine FCURB = 3,686 lbs
2011 Dodge 2500/Crew Cab/long box, 6.7L diesel engine FCURB = 4,466 lbs
780 lb difference
So, the same class truck, with the same cab and same box size has 780 more FCURB pounds than the model with the gasoline engine. It’s easy to see how some diesel trucks may not be able to safely handle the weight of a snow plow!
One way to counteract the weight of a plow on the front axle is by adding ballast weight. But, ballast weight is only effective if located behind the rear axle of the vehicle. The rear axle is a fulcrum, when weight is added behind the fulcrum weight is taken off the opposite end, being the front of the vehicle. However, BOSS only considers ballast weights up to 1,000 lbs maximum for any ¾ ton or larger vehicle. Half-tons we limit to 750 lbs.
Operator is responsible for safety
Exceeding FGAWR can cause the operator to lose control of the vehicle causing an unsafe driving or handling condition. It can also lead to wear and tear on the plow vehicle for tires, brakes, frames, steering and other expensive components. The dimensions BOSS Snowplows uses for these calculations are supplied to us by the vehicle OEMs. The vehicle’s option content and weights may vary, so ultimately it’s the operator’s responsibility to verify they have not exceeded FGAWR or GVWR. The FGAWR for a vehicle is found on the inside of the driver’s side door. The other dimensions including FCURB, wheelbase, etc, can be found on the OEM’s Body Builder website(s).
Simply stated, even lighter weight gasoline engines consume a great deal of the truck’s FGAWR. Once you add the heavier diesel engine to the formula, in many cases, the truck’s capacity to carry the weight of the plow is greatly affected. Furthermore, add a spreader to the mix, and you can see how difficult it may be for some diesel trucks to safely handle a snow plow and spreader package. A quick check on our BOSS Snow Plow Selection tool http://www.bossplow.com/product-selector can save you a lot of frustration!
Terms and Conditions
COMPANY CULTURE THE BOSS WAY
SAFETY, QUALITY, PRODUCTIVITY...IT STARTS HERE.
If you were to ask someone in the snow & ice management industry about THE BOSS SNOWPLOW, you would probably hear something along the lines of “they build a tough line of v-plows” or “they are known for durable and reliable snow removal equipment.” This brings up an interesting point of discussion. How are businesses defined? How is your business defined? How do you want your business to be defined?
In manufacturing, it is common to be defined by the end goods produced. For BOSS that means snowplows & spreaders. In a service related business, like those who use BOSS products, you may be defined by the quality and reliability of service you provide to your snow removal accounts. It is simple to say, “to be successful you need to provide exceptional products & services”. However, it goes much deeper than this. What and who are at the core of your business that impacts its success? What strategies can you implement to move you and your business to the next level?
To begin to share the story of THE BOSS SNOWPLOW and what is at the core of our business, it’s important to look at the underlying foundation that built THE BOSS culture and how that culture significantly impacts the products released to the marketplace today. The Brule family established its entrepreneurial roots in Iron Mountain, Michigan in 1959 when Warren Brule founded MJ Electric. The values established in those early days set the blueprint for the success of THE BOSS brand as the company launched its production in 1985. In the early years, Dave Brule Sr. was focused on taking a revolutionary and untested product design and improving it to meet the quality and durability expectations of the commercial snow removal professionals. Today, Dave Brule, Jr. continues to guide this family-owned company forward while maintaining the rich history of hard work and core values that were founded by his father and grandfather.
We understand it may be the product that defines us in the marketplace but we know internally that it’s our company heritage of customer service and personal integrity that defines the products we build. We are commonly asked what we have done to create our internal culture. We don’t have a playbook or a recipe that can easily be shared but what we do have is a strong set of values. Values that date back to 1959, that guide the culture and the people that make up THE BOSS family.
IT STARTS HERE…
- INTEGRITY: We have an unwavering approach to doing the right thing all the time. (period)
- SAFETY: We provide an environment of team safety that is rooted in accountability, advanced safety techniques and a commitment by each and every member of THE BOSS team to keep each other safe.
- QUALITY: We do not compromise on the quality of the products we offer. Since the early days, when the first v-plows were tested on the logging roads of the Upper Peninsula, to today where those same roads are being used to test our new product designs, quality is a core value that defines THE BOSS.
- INNOVATION: We listen to our customers. We don’t innovate for the sake of innovating. We innovate for customers based on listening to what their needs are. We make their challenges our challenges.
- PRODUCTIVITY: We instill pride in our team. All members of THE BOSS family have spent a lifetime perfecting their craft and everyone knows they play an important role in making THE BOSS the most reliable, durable product on the market. They simply pride themselves on being #1 in their craft.
- LEADERSHIP: We have a leadership team that instills and encourages employee empowerment. We recruit the best and brightest talent and offer an environment that allows them to challenge the status quo.
- PASSION: We “live” snow plows year round. The winter comes early in Iron Mountain, MI, and it stays late, providing endless opportunities to test, design and innovate for the snow & ice industry. Even when summer makes its entrance, we are in winter mode all year long.
- FAMILY: We know each day we can rely on each other like family. We don’t make empty promises to our customers. We keep our promises with each cut of steel on the plant floor, with each coat of paint on a newly welded plow and with each phone call we answer from our customers. Together we are THE BOSS Family.
This is how we define THE BOSS SNOWPLOW and this is how we build equipment truly worth of THE BOSS name.
So, the next time you are asked who your company is, what will you say? What are your customers saying about you? More importantly what do you want them to say?
WATCH: GOOD WELD WATCH: WE LISTEN
WATCH: EVERYDAY HERO'S
Terms and Conditions
The ATV Snow Plow Buying Guide For Contractors
If you are a snow removal contractor that utilizes ATVs for snow removal operations, you probably realize that there are a number of plow systems on the market for ATVs. These systems perform the operation of lifting, lowering and angling with three different systems:
- Manual System (all manpower) – done via levers or long handles.
- Winch System
- Hydraulic System
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Hydraulic ATV snowplow systems vs Winch powered ATV Snowplow systems:
Hydraulic ATV Snowplow Systems
Simply stated, speed, simplicity and efficiency are the greatest strengths of the Hydraulic ATV snow plow system. No winch means no slack lines to tangle or corrode, no pulleys to fail, and all operations of the plow are performed right from the handle bar-mounted control box, including the two most important functions, lifting and left/right power angling.
Keeping the ATV operator on the seat of the ATV at all times equates to much safer operation. It also greatly reduces operator fatigue over time and increase the efficiency of the operator.
The Hydraulic system also makes it possible for a contractor grade snow plow to be used on the ATV for snow removal operations. This heavy-duty construction keeps the plow functioning, with fewer breakdowns, for many years making it an excellent investment for the professional snow removal contractor.
Hydraulic systems do tend to have a slightly higher price tag than winch powered systems, but the trade-offs for power angling and simplicity make that higher price worth it in most contractor’s minds.
Hydraulic ATV Snowplow Benefits Summary:
- Power angling left and right with the handle-bar controls.
- Faster lifting and angling – no slack in lines.
- Operator Stays Put! No need to get off the ATV to change the plow angle.
- Lower amp draw. If you hold the “raise” button too long, the motor shuts off saving wear and tear on the motor and the winch line.
- Quick attach system. Makes taking the plow on and off the ATV simple.
- Handlebar mounted control box. Every crucial operation of the ATV snow plow is at your fingertips!
Winch ATV Snowplow Systems:
Because many ATVs sold today are outfitted with winch systems, many contractors consider their use for snow removal operations. Winch Systems do allow the operator to power raise and lower the ATV snow plow, which is much easier than manual systems. They also tend to be slightly less in price than Hydraulic ATV snowplow systems.
The greatest weakness of a winch-powered system is the cable or line that is used to connect the motor and the plow. This cable is subjected to a number of different conditions that can severely impact its durability and functionality. Over the course of a snowplowing event, water and ice can cause the line to freeze up inside the spool of the winch system, rendering it useless. The cable is also subjected to salt and other corrosive elements which can cause rust and eventually, failure. Frequent lifting and lowering of the plow can create slack in the line, which can also cause tangling in the spool and eventually a failure to operate. We’ve included some tips for overcoming some of these problems below.
Another item to consider: If the operator of the winch plow system takes the plow all the way to the top lift position and continues to hold the up button on the controller too long, a damaging current spike can occur – sometimes over 200 amps! This is a large strain on your electrical system and battery – and ATV batteries are expensive. Again, we’ve included some tips for overcoming this issue at the bottom of this blog.
Winch ATV Snowplow Benefits Summary:
- Generally lower priced than Hydraulic ATV snow plow systems.
- Allows for power raising and lowering of ATV plow from controller. (No power angling though)
- Most ATVs already have winches on them.
Recommendations for plowing with a winch:
- Use a short synthetic rope (No metal burrs). This reduces wear on your good winch cable or rope. It also reduces the risk of your cable/rope getting tangled.
- Only lift the plow up to clear the obstacle or back up, but don’t continually run it against the maximum heights stops. Continually lifting to the stops stresses both the rope and the winch.
For both systems make sure you have a strong battery that holds a good charge to maximize snow plow operation.
Terms and Conditions
Adam Linnemann volunteers his time for SnowCare for Troops
*As seen in Total Landscape Care magazine- September 2013
Adam Linnemann, owner of Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping offers custom landscaping, design and installation along with snow and ice removal for clients in the Columbia, IL, area and still finds time to give back to his community through programs like Project EverGreen’s SnowCare for Troops. After almost 20 years in the lawn care and landscaping industry, Linnemann takes pride in the fact that the business he started when he was 14 years old now has over 20 employees and 600 regular customers. But that’s not the only measure of success for Linnemann: he says it is also incredibly satisfying to work with the SnowCare for Troops—a program that offers free ice and snow removal services for the families of deployed armed services members. Local snow removal professionals such as Linnemann volunteer their time and equipment, while the cost to manage the program is underwritten by THE BOSS Snowplow.
In fact, Linnemann says that THE BOSS Snowplow’s sponsorship of the program was what originally caught his attention. He owns several pieces of THE BOSS Snowplow equipment, and says he chose THE BOSS because of its dependability and dealer service. “If they were involved in the program, then it must be a good one.”
He says he connected with the SnowCare for Troops program because he appreciates the struggles military families have to go through when one or more family member is deployed. Linnemann says his goal is to help ease the burden of snow removal for the family members left behind. He recalls how he felt when he first connected with a prospective SnowCare for Troops client. The woman’s voice was tense and a baby screamed in the background as she explained that her husband would be deployed until May 2014. Linnemann’s company is now maintaining her yard through Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program and will be plowing her driveway this winter. The two sister programs strive to create healthy landscapes and stress-free environments for military families.
“These men and women are fighting for our country, and their other half has a lot of stress on them,” he says. “It’s a little piece we can help out with. My goal is to take out some of the shock and worry that they might have.”
Linnemann urges other snow removal company owners to consider volunteering for SnowCare for Troops. “Even if they can’t do the work themselves, they can donate money or gas cards, or they can loan the needed equipment to volunteers. It’s more about truly helping than just good public relations, Linnemann says. “I’m a big believer that if you do good deeds, it comes back around.”
Q: Who funds SnowCare for Troops?
A: The costs to manage the SnowCare for Troops are underwritten by THE BOSS Snowplow.
Q: How do you sign up to help a military family with their snow removal services?
A: It’s easy to volunteer and you can sign up by visiting the Project EverGreen website or the THE BOSS snowplow website at www.bossplow.com. Hundreds of snow removal companies have already signed up for the Project EverGreen SnowCare for Troops program and many more volunteers are needed.
Terms and Conditions
Is Your Snow Plow Ready For Winter?
A Pre-Season Plow Inspection Will Make Sure It Is.
The changing of the seasons is as evident by the leaves turning into a brilliant array of colors as it is by the fall to do list that each of us has before the first flakes of snow arrive. Whether the list includes cleaning the gutters, trimming up the landscaping or getting your snow plow ready for the upcoming season, each task has a purpose and necessity in preparation for old man winter.
Performing a pre-season plow inspection on your snow plow is a yearly practice that is recommended to perform any needed maintenance work prior to the first winter storm warning. If you installed your snow plow by yourself, you probably will perform this pre-season check on your own. However, for those that had your snow plow dealer do the install or prefer to have another set of eyes look over the plow, many dealers offer a pre-season plow inspection for a minimal cost.
Some of the common areas that are covered during a pre-season plow inspection include:
Changing the hydraulic fluid.
Greasing the vertical pin (on v-plows) and other important wear points.
Clean, inspect and grease all electrical connections.
Check all nuts and bolts for tightness.
Check the plow cylinders, hoses and pump for leaks
Tighten the trip and return springs.
Inspect all welds in plow structure and vehicle mount.
Inspect and re-torque all fasteners on the vehicle mount.
Inspect the lights and properly adjust and align the plow lights.
Make sure all plow functions work properly.
Taking the time to have your plow serviced before the storm will assure you that your snow plow is ready to go at the first sign of winter ahead.
Terms and Conditions
Myths of a Direct Hydraulic Lift Snow Plow System
Snow plow systems are typically manufactured with a either a chain lift system or a direct hydraulic lift system. Chain lift systems date back to the early days of snow plow manufacturing, but the innovative design of a hydraulic lift system has been in existence for over twenty years and provides an alternative to the chain lift design. Despite the twenty year tenure of the hydraulic lift snowplow system, there are a few myths that exist regarding the system.
Myth #1: A direct lift system does not stack as high as a chain system
This is simply not true. Snow plows are designed with blade stops for stacking to protect the equipment and make the plow perform properly. A direct hydraulic lift system will stack just as high as another type of lift system. Stacking height is also related to how heavy the snow is, the vehicle you are using, the outdoor temperature, and the size of the plow you are using. With ideal conditions in place, a direct hydraulic lift system can stack snow higher than the roof of the truck!
Myth #2: A direct lift system bounces over bumps.
If the blade is all the way up in the raised position the plow will not bounce. However, if the blade is raised partially, the blade will bounce a bit, because there is now air in the top of the lift cylinder that can compress over a bump. Chain lift systems will also bounce if they are not fully raised. To eliminate bounce while transporting the plow, it is recommended that the plow remain in the fully raised position to eliminate the capturing of air in the lift system.
Myth #3: If the hydraulics fail you will be stranded.
Not True. Just like a Chain Lift System, the Direct Lift Cylinder system offers the capability of being “strapped” in the up position should a failure occur. One of the most important pieces of emergency equipment you can bring with you on the job is a 2” ratchet strap. In the event there is a hydraulic failure, remove the upper pin on the lift cylinder and use the strap to lift the plow off the ground for transport. Even if you have a chain style lift you should have a ratchet strap handy, because if your chain fails, you will have no way to lift the plow. Also, if there isn’t enough snow to ride the plow up to short chain your chain lift system you will need a ratchet strap to transport the plow.
Myth #4: A plow with a Direct Lift Cylinder System can’t “float”.
This is absolutely not true. A direct lift cylinder plow system can be put into float, allowing the cutting edge to follow the contours of the plowing surface. A benefit of the Direct Lift system: when you raise the plow out of the float mode, the response time is very quick as there is no chain involved.
Along with the myths, there are also benefits of a direct hydraulic lift system. The direct lift system has less moving parts than a chain lift system, offers a cleaner design and allows for hydraulic attachment options like THE BOSS SmartHitch2 system.
Now that we’ve cleared the myths surrounding a hydraulic lift system, snow plow owners can be confident that it offers a cleaner, more refined look on the front of the truck, with fewer moving parts. More importantly it’s a reliable, durable system that keeps them on the job, day after day and night after night.
Terms and Conditions