THE SNOWPLOW BLOGGER

 

Katie Schinderle

Recent Posts

2018-2019 New Products

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Mar 13, 2018 8:25:18 AM

More than 2,000 companies descended to Indianapolis for North America's largest work truck event--The Work Truck Show 2018 hosted by NTEA. From March 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center thousands of visitors flocked the show to view the latest equipment, products and technology companies have to offer in the truck equipment sphere. 

Read More

Topics: Buyer's Guide

Protect Your De-Icing Materials from Moisture

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Dec 18, 2017 9:27:56 AM

Learn More Now

Read More

Topics: Buyer's Guide

SnowCare for Troops Awareness Week

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Nov 6, 2017 3:26:09 PM

Now in its eighth year, SnowCare for Troops has partnered with more than 1,500 snow removal volunteers to offer more than 5,000 military families and veterans complimentary snow and ice removal services.

Read More

Topics: Special Topics

NTEA 2017 Recap

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Apr 4, 2017 1:38:44 PM

More than 500 companies traveled to Indianapolis for North America's largest work truck event--The Work Truck Show 2017 hosted by NTEA. From March 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center 11,799 visitors descended on the show to view the latest equipment, products and technology companies have to offer in the truck equipment sphere. 

Read More

Topics: Special Topics

Financing Snow and Ice Removal Equipment

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Mar 30, 2017 4:32:35 PM

Whether it is the beginning of a winter season and you need to add equipment to service new contracts or the end of a profitable season and time to replace equipment that took a beating all season long, understanding the financing options available to you is beneficial. Every purchase is unique and every business has different capabilities and needs. Below are several financing options for you to consider. 

Read More

Topics: Buyer's Guide

Leveling the Blade Attack Angle

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Mar 1, 2017 7:59:24 AM

The height of a vehicle can vary greatly causing your BOSS V-plow to sit uneven with the ground. Check your Push Beam height first should you notice your cutting edges are uneven with the ground. 

Read More

Topics: Maintenance

Level Out Your Performance

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Dec 15, 2016 8:31:00 AM

The BOSS EXT is built with all of the toughness and innovation you expect from BOSS products. With expandable wings that enhance productivity and efficiency to put winter in its place, BOSS built in a blade-leveling feature to accommodate the variations of push beam heights. Because the wings on the EXT sit forward at a 20-degree angle, you need the ability to adjust the angle of the moldboard to ensure the cutting edge is scraping across the width of the blade, including the length of the wings. This will also reduce any chattering caused by the blade not sitting level. 

Set Push Beam Height

Push beam height is crucial to keeping the push frame level while plowing. Equipping a vehicle with an in-bed spreader will also greatly vary push beam height. The 15-1/2” push beam height should be set up with the vehicle in normal plowing conditions, i.e. full v-box hopper spreader, ballast, tailgate spreader, etc.

Cam Stop Adjustment

The second set in ensuring your blade is level is to adjust the cam stops. BOSS built in a feature to perfect the blade level with our adjustable Cam Stops. There are four Cam Stops located on the backside of the main blade. By turning the cams, you can adjust the angle of attack to level the cutting edge, ensuring it makes contact with the ground for optimal scraping performance. 


Factory Setting


Cam Adjustment Forward



Cam Adjustment Backwards


Directions for Adjusting the Angle of Attack
1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and lower the plow completely. If the plow is not flush against the ground, adjust the angle of attack.
2. Loosen the trip springs.
3. On the cams, remove the bolt in the square hole and loosen the bolt in the center (See Figure 29).
4. Rotate the cam clockwise to angle the bottom of the blade back. Rotate the cam counterclockwise to angle the bottom of the blade forward.
*Use a 1/2 inch ratchet to help rotate the cams.
5. Insert the previously removed bolt, and torque it to 76 N-m (56 ft-lb). 
6. Tighten the center bolt, and torque it to 76 N-m (56 ft-lb). 
7. Tighten the trip springs until there is a gap of 0.8 mm (1/32 inch) between the trip spring coils. 

Watch the video below as a quick reference about the BOSS blade-leveling feature.
 

Adjust Wing Urethane Edges 
Once the push beam is set and the cams have been adjusted, the last step is to adjust the wing urethane edges. 

  1. 1. Loosen three bolts on the front of the cutting edge and three bolts on the side.

    2. Adjust the cutting edge to approximately 1/8” off of the ground.

    3. Tighten all six bolts, securing the cutting edge.

    If you have any questions throughout this process, please contact your local BOSS dealer or our Technical Service Department at 800-286-4155 ext. 2.



Read More

Topics: Maintenance

Hiring Winter Help

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Nov 7, 2016 4:40:14 PM

As a snowplow contractor, finding the right crew for the job can be one obstacle to taking on more winter work. With winter fast approaching, crunch time to find workers is here. Here are some avenues to consider when recruiting additional workers.   

1. Social Media- If your business has an established Facebook or LinkedIn page, share the job opening, description, and compensation on your platform. Encourage those that follow your page to share the post with their friends to help you cast a wider net. This is a free way to recruit the talent you need to get the job done. Social media can also be a good way to vet candidates. When you receive applications, take a look at their social media page to learn a little more about the person you are considering for hire. 

Sample Social Media Post:

Looking for winter work? _________________ company is currently hiring for the 2016-2017 winter snow removal season. This is a temporary, seasonal full-time position, during the months of December-April. This job comes with a pay range of $15-$25 per hour. Interested candidates can visit _________________ to apply or call XXX-XXX-XXXX for more information. 


2. Referral Program- Your current staff can be a great tool for finding new employees. One option to recruiting could involve instituting a referral program in which team members can earn cash rewards for referring a new hire. 

3. Craigslist- Almost every day job posts are listed on Craigslist recruiting workers for winter help. What once as known as a way to sell equipment is now a way to get the word out about a job opening. If you are recruiting on Craigslist, you may want to keep these tips in mind. 

-The lifecycle of a post is less than 30 days. Your ad continues to get buried beneath new and recent posts. Be sure to update and re-post your job posting every couple of weeks to keep it fresh and near the top of the search pile. 

-Be sure to keep your ads short. A long wordy job description loses the reader's attention quickly. 

Sample Craigslist Post: 

_________________________ company is currently hiring for the 2016-2017 winter snow removal season. We are in need of quality snow removal professionals willing to take on the elements and clear snow from sidewalks, docks, driveways, and parking lots of large commercial or retail properties and apply ice melt products accordingly. This is a temporary, seasonal full-time position, during the months of December-April with a pay range of $15-$25 per hour. A clean driver's license record is required for driving positions. For additional information, please visit ________________________ to apply!

4. Direct Mailers- This is an oldie but a goodie. If you took on contracts miles from your base camp, consider sending direct mailers out in the neighborhood where your contracts are located. Direct mailers can run from $0.15/ piece to $0.50/piece depending on the size and quantity needed. You could also consider using USPS Every Door Direct Mail campaign. This affordable, targeted advertising service that allows you to send mailers to a specific audience depending on the age, income or household size. You could also use it to specifically choose zip codes to target. Check out how it works here. Direct mailers can be an effective means of recruiting when you do not live in the community where your contracts reside. Click here to see a sample direct mailer for Nate's Landscaping Company. 

5. Newspaper Ad- While newspaper readership has declined in the last ten years due to social media, there is still a targeted demographic of older adults who read the newspaper. If you are looking to hire recently retired employees who may be looking for some work in the winter, this may be the perfect recruiting option for you. In rural communities, a newspaper advertisement may be the most effective means to communicate with your message efficiently and at a low cost. 

Sample Newspaper Advertisement:



These are just some of the ways you could consider recruiting workers. Not all of these tips will apply to every business or community. Writing a job description can be half the battle. Watch The Snowplow Blogger for additional posts about writing job descriptions and other hiring tips. 

You cannot fulfill contracts without workers, so it may be time to get creative and try more than one option. Even though you may have enough workers now, you never know when you will need to hire to due demand of additional work or replacement of current workers. A good rule of thumb is to never stop recruiting!

For additional tips on running your snow removal business, check out additional blogs here.

Happy recruiting!

Read More

Topics: Business Tips

Spreading the Finishing Touch

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Aug 30, 2016 11:34:08 AM

To a business owner, keeping the entrance and sidewalk to his or her business clear is necessary and is often included in snow removal contracts. Snow removal contractors need quality equipment in order to fulfill the contract requirements and reduce slip and fall injuries in the winter. Spreading de-icing material is like applying the finishing touch to taking care of snow and ice removal buildup. 

Read More

Topics: Buyer's Guide

Strike Back with the HTX V-Plow

Posted by Katie Schinderle

Aug 11, 2016 11:46:15 AM

BOSS continued its commitment to the half-ton truck market with the release of the HTX V-plow. Now you can put your half-ton truck or SUV vehicles to use with the HTX V-plow for when Old Man Winter Strikes. Strike back with full plow power in a compact package. 

Read More

Topics: Buyer's Guide

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts