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Sidewalk Maintenance

Posted by Rachel Perpich

Jul 2, 2018 8:31:24 AM

De-icing is a key element of public safety during the winter months. It is important not to forget about maintaining the sidewalk quality during this time. Sidewalks can be a very profitable addition to your winter service arsenal, but only when done efficiently. Whatever your sidewalk maintenance needs, we have a whole line of innovative products that will get the job done quickly and effectively. Check them out here:

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Topics: Maintenance, 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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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.



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Topics: Maintenance

Prepping Your Box Plow for the Winter Season

Posted by Taylor Peiffer

Nov 12, 2015 1:07:00 PM

 

The time has come for the snow to flurry and the plows to come out. But before you do, there are a few steps to take to get your box plow ready to attach to your snow removal equipment.

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Topics: Maintenance

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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Topics: Maintenance

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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Topics: Maintenance

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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Topics: Maintenance

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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Topics: Maintenance

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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Topics: Maintenance

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