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Snow pushers

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by Ne1, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I'm looking for feedback on how the Boss snow pushers have held up/worked. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I'm very curious about this as well. Has to be some experienced people out there. Hello!
     
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    They sure look nice and well built!
     
  4. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,905

    We bought three last January, used them a lot in those next couple months in NJ!

    8 footer and two 10 footers. They were actually less expensive than a Protech IST trip edge boxes we own already, lower height so really easy to see in any machine, attaching is easier, leveling is cake compared to the stiff design brands, don't catch curbs NEARLY as hard, id flat out recommend them.

    Want some pics, email me and ill shot you some over on the machines. ramairfreak98ss@hotmail.com
     
  5. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Finally, someone has some feedback. Thank you. They have a great price point and steel trip edge. I'm going to try one out.
     
  6. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    This is great news. I have an option to buy a couple of Artic's. After pricing those used compared to the Boss BX 10 new, the Boss is cheaper.....by like a grand. They look to be well built. I think I'm gonna give one a try.
     
  7. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I like mine a lot.. might be adding a 12ft one this season.. wish they made a 14!!!
     
  8. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    They do make a 14' now! And a 16'!

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to order 2-10' and a 14'
     
  9. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 617

    We have an 8' and a 10' for the skid loaders. We have a BX12 for one backhoe. They work very well. I was hesitant to spend the money. Thought we would be fine with one of the $1000-1500 skid loader pushers. The more I thought about it, it didn't make sense. The fixed pushers with rubber or steel edges have their limitations. You end up applying down pressure and losing traction with your front tires. With the BOss boxes you have all 4 wheels on the ground driving you. This maintains momentum essential on large commercial lots. The float is where it is at. THey scrape as well as a truck plow. I cannot say this about rigid push boxes. Rigid boxes require constant attention to the cutting edge to maintain a "decent" scrape. These are well worth the money.

    I watched 4 or 5 of these run through an auction. I noticed on their boxes (a couple of which were supposedly only a year old), they had horrible wear on the shoes. You could tell it was operator error. The operators were clearly running them on the rear of the shoes. There were even wear marks on the bottoms of the springs. IF YOU BUY one, please educate your operators. Do NOT let them just drop the box to the ground and leave the arms all the way down. Instruct them to take the extra 2 seconds to ensure the box is level when it hits the ground. Lower the boom arms to where the float is roughly in the middle of the adjustable float position and let the thing work as intended. Our boxes were used last year for only the last couple of snows. They did not show these wear signs. Going into this season I am going to make sure all operators are well educated.

    The BX12 is also an exceptional piece of equipment. We used it on our old 310C. I was hesitant as it was much bigger than the RCB 12' box we were running. Once again, I found by allowing it to float as intended, we pushed better even with our old hoe. By allowing the front wheels to assist rather than applying down pressure and turning with the rear brakes, we could more easily push snow. We could turn better. We got a much better clearing of snow to the pavement. We were very impressed. We just ordered 2 more. We will be running one on the 310SJ this year and whatever else I buy between now and winter. Possibly a 310E or 310G. Can't wait to take delivery.
     
  10. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    I wouldn't say I've used mine allot but me and a friend have put it to the test.

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  11. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,893

    We had great luck with ours this past winter in southern OH, I'd buy another in a heartbeat. Replaced 1 Arctic Sectional, and will be replacing another this year, possibly 2. Cheaper than the Arctic's, better built, and no poly blocks to replace every storm. 10' skid steer model.

    The best thing I can say, is that if you and your operators haven't used a floating pusher like this, or the Arctic's or anything else, you HAVE GOT to train your operators to run them correctly. Use the video that Arctic published and train your guys to run the Boss box just like Arctic's video shows.
     
  12. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I'm in the process of phasing out my Arctic pushers also. They do work great but the upfront cost and always worrying about when a block is going to break is not worth it. The Boss 10' are less than half of what an Arctic is and from what I'm hearing they work just as well.
     
  13. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,893

    We took over a 5 acre lot in the middle of the season due to someone else dropping the ball this past winter and put a Boss next to an Arctic side by side. I wish I'd taken pictures. I couldn't tell the difference even on the mess of hard pack which one was which. I can't fathom why I would consider buying the Arctic at over double the price, with more maintenance, and the same performance as the Boss pushers. From what I heard from my operations manager a little bit ago, all 3 remaining Arctic's will be gone before this winter starts.
     
  14. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,527

    Any Arctic can be modified for pennies on the dollar if concerned about breaking blocks and still have the best scraping plow on the market. The limiters are available also.
     
  15. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,527

    Huh? The sectional is not a floating plow. We advise again that. Its a drop in go. Set the curl and its just up and down after that, adjust curl forward if you want to srcape up the asphalt. With the slip hitch and the floating sections, there is NO need to set the float every time. Have you ever used one?
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2014
  16. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,893

    I'm talking about the slip hitch, in the neutral position, as being a floating plow. The hitch when the arms are in the correct position does float, letting the plow raise and lower according to the lot without the machine moving it up or down.

    Yes, I've used one plenty. Hell we had 5 of them. Not knocking them at all as they're great plows. However, when there is something on the market that costs half up front, works just as well, and with less problems during a storm, what makes good business sense?

    I'm not here to argue. Had Boss not come out with theirs we would have put the limiters on the Arctics we had and kept using them, but as they need replaced, something that's half as much that doesn't need anything else to work correctly will be replacing it.
     
  17. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    My friend and I are each ordering one (the new SK10) from Equipment specialist, great prices, check them out
     
  18. dirtnazi

    dirtnazi Member
    from ct
    Messages: 66

    I have a 12 ft box and I love. My guys like it it scrapes great cheaper than an arctic.
     
  19. PALS Landscapin

    PALS Landscapin Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    I have a 2 12's. I love one but I have to say the other pusher the leveling arm in the back keeps on getting caught up. I checked it numerous times and can't figure out what the problem is. I also thought that it would scrap a little bit better but after the winter we had last year who knows. I was thinking of buying a 10ft for my skid.
     
  20. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I have a 10 for my skid and love it.. will be running a 12ft this year also.