The Snowplow Blogger

“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


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

The Comprehensive Glossary: BOSS Next Generation Electrical System

Posted by Taylor Peiffer on Aug 25, 2014 3:42:20 PM


You may have heard that BOSS has introduced a new, optional wireless electrical system. Along with that introduction, we have also released a new pistol grip controller  that is tethered to the truck for safety. Because Next Generation Electrical system, or NGE, is a new electrical system, there are some new terms you should probably be familiar with.  The NGE wireless system offers you a new way to communicate with your plow and some of the terms you may have previously been familiar with are used a little differently when discussing NGE. Use this glossary to learn how the Next Generation Electrical System has changed compared to our wired communication system.

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Topics: next generation electrical system

Finding a Snow Plow Controller That is Best for You

Posted by Katie Roell on Aug 25, 2014 2:34:00 PM

The snow plow controller is a vital aspect to a plow system.  It is the only source of real interface you will have with your snow plow, so it’s important that it is effective and easy to use.  It’s crucial to find the controller that works best for you. 

Snow plow manufacturers typically offer a button handheld control, like the SmartTouch 2 Handheld Control or a joystick control. BOSS has developed an additional controller option called the Pistol Grip.  The pistol grip is a combination of the handheld and joystick controller with raise and lower buttons, and a thumb controlled joystick for the center.  It’s important to find the controller that fits your needs and preferences. 

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Understanding the BOSS SNOWPLOW Next Generation Electrical System

Posted by Katie Roell on Aug 19, 2014 10:59:48 AM

When a storm hits, the last thing you want to have to worry about is troubleshooting wires or charging a controller with a dead battery.  The Next Generation Electrical (NGE) System, introduced by BOSS, eliminates those issues while offering you more benefits to ensure your snowplow is ready to go whenever a storm hits.  It is important to note that the NGE system is optional on BOSS plows.  Please discuss details regarding ordering with your local BOSS Dealer.  Let’s look at the benefits of the new system:

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Topics: NGE

“A Family Tradition in Snow Removal"

Posted by Katie Roell on Aug 13, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Being a snowplow contractor can take its toll on a family but Travis Schmock wouldn’t change that for the world.  He grew up in a snow removal business and now runs his own.  Travis loves being able to pass the tradition down to his sons as he takes them snow plowing with him every chance he gets. 

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Best Practices: Salt Storage for the Snow Plow Contractor

Posted by Katie Roell on Jul 23, 2014 6:30:00 PM

The polar vortex brought an unusually cold and bitter winter that will not be forgotten.  We are still feeling the effects of the harsh winter moving into the winter of 2014-2015.  Salt is a hot commodity and valuable resource for combatting snow and ice.  At the end of the 2013-2014 winter, it was difficult for many to get enough salt needed to treat their regions. This has left many buying salt even earlier than normal in preparation for the winter ahead. 

If you are planning ahead for next season by purchasing early you will also need to consider storage of the salt in the offseason.  It is important to note that salt requires proper storage at all times.  Salt can have damaging effects on the environment which has caused the government in each state to elicit specific salt storage requirements and fines if requirements are not met and the salt causes damage. 


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How to Complete Preseason Site Inspections Like a Pro

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

How to Complete Preseason Site Inspections Like a Pro


With summer upon us and lawns to be mowed the thought of winter storms may already be a distant memory.  However, with the ground free of any accumulating snow it’s a good time to visit the properties you service and perform your snow and ice removal preseason site inspections. Performing a preseason site inspection is a very beneficial documentation process that could save you many headaches and money down the road. Documentation can also set you apart from others in the industry. It helps present your business as a serious, professional snow and ice management company who is invested in customers even after the snow has stopped falling.

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Topics: snow and ice management

How to Master Social Media for Your Snow Removal Business | Part 2

Posted by Taylor Peiffer on Jul 1, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Now that you have established a social media presence using Part 1 of this guide, let’s take a deeper dive into developing quality content that will be shared by your followers. Quality content done the right way is what can set you apart from your competitors and is the key to customer trust. Read on to learn what quality content is and how to create it.


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Topics: snow and ice management


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