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Driving around with wings on.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by WIPensFan, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,485

    So yesterday and this morning I've been out doing our second event of the season here in Madison. I saw 4 different trucks with V-plows and wings attached driving around. 2 were Boss and the other 2 were Snowdogg stainless( I think ). I had to make sure and move over in my lane when one went by because it was so wide! I'm not sure the length of these plows but they looked like 9'2" Boss and not sure on the Dogs. I thought it was illegal to be that wide? This is the first I've seen this many guys with them on. Is this the norm everywhere?
     
  2. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    Yes, it's fairly common here that you have to keep your vehicle in your own lane to avoid a collision.............:salute:
     
  3. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
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    Leave it to a Cheesehead to make a Comment like That..........:laughing:
     
  4. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
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    I have my wings on my MegaV all the time.......
     
  5. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    HAHAHA:laughing:
     
  6. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    8'6 is the Max legal load width. We have a few chuckle heads around here who do the same....I give no extra room to them. The roads are dangerous enough with passenger vehicles, let alone guys who put wings on an already wide plow.
     
  7. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,213

    Everyone out my way runs down the road with wings on, and most everyone has there plows fully angled to keep the width as minimum as possible.
    Also our roads are pretty wide here with wide shoulders and run in a north/south and east/west grid. Not like like I've seen driving around back east.
     
  8. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    If its 8'6 max legal then all them state trucks breaking there own law using them 10' plows
     
  9. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,485

    Rules are different for municipal trucks.
     
  10. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,532

    I hope so, mine is 11'. Not to mention my 9' wing.:D
     
  11. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    State to state probably different to I have 11' I run DOT has never said a thing or my 9.6 MVP
    I know you need a permit to haul anything over 11' wide
     
  12. Red_Rattler

    Red_Rattler Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    I saw the same thing when I was running around sun prairie and madison... They were def taking up some room. most had them in the v position at least other not so much... Thats why I like the blizzards we run. 8'6" to 11' with 2 buttons.

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  13. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Thats nice setup
     
  14. Canplow

    Canplow Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    :yow!:I drink red bull not sure how wide I run! Because I fly!
     
  15. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    As far as I remember, the old law was a max. width of 96", and when 102" became the new norm, not all states adopted it. I believe there's still a handful of states that are at 96", including MI.....
     
  16. bowtie_guy

    bowtie_guy Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    I keep my wings on at all times (there tack welded on, kept rattling), Total width is like 9'8" or something close. I run with the blade angled if on the road and don't have it on unless actually plowing. I forget the angled width now...
    Been doing less commercial lots so might take em off.

    My buddy has a 14' blade on his 420 cat. I have run loader with 12' and it's fun the extra 2 feet is alot. Some years they give out overwidth permits, lately they haven't though.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  17. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,485

    Just did a little digging on width laws in WI. 8'6" is the legal width( I figured it was but wasn't 100%), but you can apply for an oversize permit for up to 12 month term if you want. I doubt anybody I saw has the permit. Reason I was wondering was for hauling my Bobcat and 10' plow around on the trailer. I can only angle it so much on the trailer, and it's beyond 8'6". Will probably just get a permit to avoid a fine or hassle. Permit let's you go 14' wide.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  18. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,213

    You're making the right move, a skid on a 96" or 102" wide trailer with the plow hanging over the deck is a big red flag unlike a pick up with a plow that exceeds the legal width. At least with a pickup there isn't a real sense of scale like a trailer.
    I got pulled over in Wyoming for speeding and the Hi Po questioned the width of my enclosed sled trailer and actually measured it. It's 101" wide so all he got me for was 78 in a 65 zone which cost me $65.00.
     
  19. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
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    You're right the 10' yellow plow on black trailer sticks out like a sore thumb.:eek: I've hauled it some short distances and even just put the plow in the dumb bed a few times as I was worried about getting pulled over. I didn't realize these permits were available. It's $90.00 for 12 month permit, but you could always just get a 5 month for just winter.
     
  20. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,213

    For the $90.00 a year it's a small price to pay in comparison to the several hundred dollar fine and you don't give them a opportunity to look/find anything else. Don't know what it's like back there but here they take DOT inspections serious and have no problem holding you until the problem has been resolved.