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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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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                            2 Springs
Standard-Duty Plows                                        3 Springs
Super-Duty and Heavy-Duty Plows          4 Springs 

All plows require the same spring (MSC01509) and same hardware (HDW01744), except for Standard- Duty plows which require hardware (MSC05056).  

Straight-Blade Plows
Remove the existing Trip Springs-
  1. 1. Remove the ½” Nylon Lock Nut from the Eye Bolt that holds the top of the spring to the plow. Start with the outer springs first as these will need to be removed before the inner springs. 
  2. 2. Once the Lock Nut is removed, lower the Eye Bolt until it is no longer through the hole on the top of the plow. (Note: The entire coupler tower may need to be lowered in order to remove the springs. Use a jack to support the coupler tower, raise the kickstand on the plow, and safely lower the coupler tower until the springs can be removed).
  3. 3. Rotate the spring in order to remove it from the rib in the Push frame Attachment Bar. Once the outer springs are removed, repeat the process for the inner springs. Affected hardware is recommended to be replaced at the time of spring replacement. 
Replacing the Trip Springs-
  1. 4. For replacement, begin by installing the Eye Bolt onto the end of the spring. Install the Push Nut Retainer onto the Eye Bolt (tabs must be facing away from the Eye Bolt). Hook the springs through the holes in the Push frame Attachment Bar and rotate springs up until Eye Bolts can be reinstalled through the top of the plow.
  2. 5. Once the Eye Bolts are inserted through the plow, install the Flat Washer and the Nylon Lock Nut.
  3. Tighten each spring. Proper spring tension is achieved when a business card can be inserted between the coils of the spring.
 
V-Plow Trip Spring Replacement –  


Number of Replacement Springs:
HTX V-Plows                                                  2 Springs
DXT and V-XT Plows                                 4 Springs
10’ Heavy Duty DXT                                4 Springs*


Similar to the Straight Blade plows, V-Plows use MSC01509 springs. The 10’ Heavy Duty DXT uses MSC07705* springs. HTX-V plows will require hardware kit HDW01744, while V-XT and DXT will require MSC05056. The 10’ Heavy Duty DXT uses HDW17603


HTX-V Plows

Remove the existing Trip Springs-
  1. 1. To start, support the Coupler Tower with a jack and/or jack stands. For HTX-V, remove the two ½” Nylon Lock Nuts from the Eye Bolts that hold the trip springs in place. 
  2. 2. Once Lock Nuts are removed, slide the Eye Bolt out of the hole in the Push frame and rotate the spring out of the hole in the Center Section.
Replacing the Trip Springs-
  1. 3. For replacement, begin by installing the Eye Bolt onto the end of the spring. Install the Push Nut Retainer onto the Eye Bolt (tabs must be facing away from the Eye Bolt). Hook the springs through the holes in the Center Section.  Align the Eye Bolts through the holes in the Push frame. Secure the Eye Bolts to the Push frame using ½”Flat Washers and ½” Nylon Lock Nuts.
  2. 4. Tighten each spring. Proper spring tension is achieved when a business card can be inserted between the coils of the spring. 

V-XT and DXT Plows
Remove the existing Trip Springs-
  1. 1. For V-XT and DXT models, the process is similar. Again, support the Coupler Tower with a jack and/or jack stands. Remove the (4) 5/8” Top Lock Nuts from the trip springs. Slide the Eye Bolts out of the back of the Push frame. (Note: Lowering of the Coupler Tower may be necessary to remove the Eye Bolts.)
  2. 2. Rotate the springs to remove them from the Trip Spring Yoke.
Replacing the Trip Springs-
  1. 3. Reinstall the new springs onto the Trip Spring Yoke. Hook an Eye Bolt to the end of each spring and pass them through the back of the Push frame. Secure the Eye Bolts with Flat Washers and Top Lock Nuts. 
  2. 4. Tighten each spring. Proper spring tension is achieved when a business card can be inserted between the coils of the spring. 

 

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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. 

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.
 



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Prepping Your Box Plow for the Winter Season

Posted by Taylor Peiffer

Nov 12, 2015 1:07:00 PM

Prepping Your Box Plow for the Winter Season

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4 Simple Steps to Adjust Your Snow Plow Cutting Edge

Posted by Taylor Peiffer

Dec 3, 2014 2:50:23 PM

Ford, Dodge, Chevy, GMC, Toyota.....F150, 1500, Tundra, 2500…regular, crew or super cab…the variety of truck configurations is vast!  Because every make, model and year can result in differences from truck to truck, unique truck undercarriages need to be designed to give you the option to mount a snow plow on your truck. Due to the configuration differences between each truck, the bumper height can vary greatly, and this could cause the cutting edge on your BOSS RT3 V-plow to be misaligned with the ground upon initial install.

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6 Tips for Refinishing Your Snow Plow

Posted by Taylor Peiffer

Jun 17, 2014 3:15:00 PM

 

 

Now that winter is safely behind us, many snow plow professionals have either already stored or are preparing their plow for storage. After such a brutal winter, sometimes preparing your snow plow for storage alone isn’t enough. If you took the plow off this spring and noticed that your plow has more than the usual wear and tear damage, you may want to consider refinishing it. Take a look below for some tips concerning snow plow refinishing.

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Off-Season Storage Procedures For Your Pintle or Auger Spreader

Posted by Jodie Gilroy

Apr 1, 2014 7:45:00 AM

When the time comes to swap out the snow & ice removal equipment for the lawn & landscape equipment don’t forget to take a some time to prep the equipment for storage.  Properly storing your snow & ice removal equipment, specifically your Hopper Spreader, for the off-season will help extend the life of the product and ensure that it is ready to go when old man winter returns again.

 

Use this handy step-by-step checklist for properly storing your BOSS Auger or Pintle Chain Hopper Spreader.

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How to Install Your BOSS Snowplow Caster Kit

Posted by Jodie Gilroy

Nov 12, 2013 3:45:00 PM

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:

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Is Your Snow Plow Ready For Winter?

Posted by Jodie Gilroy

Oct 1, 2013 10:49:00 AM

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. 

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6 Tips to Protect Your Snowplow From Corrosion

Posted by Jennifer Phelps

Jul 12, 2013 11:15:00 AM

Midway through July with the sun beating down, who wants to think about snow plows? For many snow removal professionals, summer usually means switching from snow plows to lawn

mowers. However, just because there isn’t any salt on the road doesn’t mean your snow plow isn’t still at risk for corrosion. Heat, humidity, and condensation can all take a toll on your plow. Along with the demanding winter we just experienced, your plow could either have corrosion damage now, or could be especially prone to it in these upcoming months. Corrosion, if not properly dealt with, can result in some big problems. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent the harm caused by corrosion.

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