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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. 

 

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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. 

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Topics: Buyer's Guide

Auger or Pintle Chain: Which V-box Hopper Spreader System Is Right For You?

Posted by Mark Klossner

Mar 16, 2017 2:08:00 PM

If you’re doing research on electric v-box hopper spreaders, you are learning quickly that the two types of material feed systems available are the auger and pintle chain. If you don’t have a lot of experience with these spreader feed systems, you may be having a difficult time selecting which system best fits your snow and ice management needs. BOSS offers a pintle or auger feed system on the VBX and FORGE line of spreaders. There are some key differences between the two feed systems that are important to understand.

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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. 

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Topics: Maintenance

Spring Back to Action – Trip Spring Replacement

Posted by Tyler Steinbrecher

Feb 1, 2017 3:04:00 PM

Plowing is tough on equipment; there is no way around it. Snow removal is done in some of the harshest environments and hidden objects often wreak havoc at the most unsuspecting times. There are a few items on BOSS plows that are considered normal wear items due to the rugged abuse they encounter. Trip springs are one of the most replaced items on a plow, whether it is a straight-blade or v-plow. V-plow users will notice that as trip springs wear, they have the tendency to sag in “scoop” mode as well as trip much easier while windrowing in straight mode. Straight-blade users will notice their plow tripping at a much earlier rate over objects the plow would normally not trip over. Proper spring tension will prolong the life of the springs. Fortunately, replacement of the trip springs is a quick task that requires only a few tools to accomplish. 

Straight-Blade Trip Spring Replacement
The trip spring replacement process is the same across BOSS’ entire line of straight-blade plows.  
Number of Replacement Springs:  
HTX and Sport-Duty Plows

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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.



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Apply the BOSS Finishing Touch Decal

Posted by Alex Milinski

Dec 14, 2016 2:13:51 PM

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Topics: Buyer's Guide

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