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Artic maintenance costs

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mike ward, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. mike ward

    mike ward Member
    Messages: 79

    The cost to maintain the Artic boxes seems to rising quickly. I'm sure the amount we used them last year is part of the issue. The latest issue is the trip springs. Apparently the springs have been redesigned and you have to replace the spring, bushing, and the shaft for the middle springs. This along with the feet wearing off is a lot of dollars per machine. I'm looking for cost effective ways of doing this required maintenance.

    Thanks,
     
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

  3. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 628

    Become a dealer, use your new inventory for a year or 2, then sell that used inventory to your competitors at your new inventory's cost, let them fix your wear items, and all is good. Don't even have to pay sales tax this way.
     
  4. mtnbktrek

    mtnbktrek Senior Member
    from NEPA
    Messages: 144

    My buddy wanted to look into them I told him our protechs do a good job 90% of the time without issues. He likes their demo video. I said more parts more problems more money
     
  5. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 628

    Until you run one. They are worth it. Have 5 hds.
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    There are a few others without the limitations and training requirements and maintenance parts and............
     
  7. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,879

    I'd give a good pile of money to have our LD10's back for the skid steers...the Boss boxes are tough, but they don't come close in scraping. The salt savings alone is worth it.

    With that said, I'll be taking a hard look at the Liveboxx before committing to more Arctics...
     
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,507

    Hey Mike, how old is the pusher?
     
  9. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,674





    ...........Careful....We don't want to get Olddog all Riled up.....The Artic Slappy that he is.....:nod:
     
  10. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,507

    Ruff, Ruff....lol
     
  11. cjwoz

    cjwoz Senior Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 130

    I had a arctic and sold it to buy a kage. That was the worst snow move ever. I sold the Kage and found another arctic. The next time I sell this arctic is when I get out of the business. The only time ive noticed arctics costing money in shoe replacement is when you get the machine going in high speed for a long run. Otherwise. Those shoes will go a few seasons.....
     
  12. mike ward

    mike ward Member
    Messages: 79

    I have some units that are 6-7 yrs old and others from last year. The older units all have springs that are no longer sprung or have broke. We love the way they work but am trying to find a way to maintain them for less than $1000 each!