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Boss Wings or Prow Wings

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by FeelLikeANumber, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. FeelLikeANumber

    FeelLikeANumber Member
    Messages: 63

    Im sure its been discussed before but im looking to get a set of either tomorrow or later in the week. I've got a 7ft 6 boss plow right now on a dodge ram 1500. I've got the cash burning a hole in my pocket, and i want a set of wings. I now see how much a set can speed up your productivity. But looking at price, pro wings have got boss beat by $500 basically. But i feel that i dont want to comprimise if im gonna spend the extra money. I have heard nothing but good things about the boss wings and really have never known anybody with the pro wings but i kinda almost have my mind made up on getting the boss set. I think it'll be a definate time saver with either wing. I just would like to know how well each wing holds up with wear and tear, curb damage, and snow control. I've done the math and realized that they could easily pay for themselves within a few snowfalls. Are they easy to bend/break on curbs or are either one adjustable to angle in to trap more snow. Do they install/come off easy? like for summer storage, or if need be to get into tight "1 lane" driveways?
    Any input is appreciated. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.
  2. Freddy130

    Freddy130 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    If it was me I would spend the extra and get the Boss factory wings. We used a set of pro wings on one of our old diamond plow and they did speed things up however; they are some what flimsy (used a sledge hammer every storm to straighten them out to go back on the truck) you have to drill a whole through the face of the plow for them to attach ( I was not interested in doing this to my beautiful red plows). You have to use six pins to attach them for use (kept a load of them in the truck because they always got lost in the snow and the last thing I wanted to do in the middle of the snow storm was trying to beat ice off them to remove the wings). Finally the rubber cutting edge left something to be desired always seamed to tear or fold back.

    Now onto the Boss wings; construction is very similar to a poly plow (can withstand a pretty good beating). there is only one spring loaded pin and a sliding bar to put on and remove from the plow (can be done in under 10 seconds per side, and no loose pins to worry about loosing in the snow) all the holes that need to be drilled are on the back side and top side of the plow (no gapping whole through the front). The rubber is much thicker and sandwiched between the wing and a large flat bar. And most importantly, the look so much better :p

    As far as price I would contact someone from Equipment Specialists (sponsor on the site), they saved me close to $400 compared to our local dealer! And if you do go with the Boss wings, measure and drill the top whole for the spring plate and fit the wing. The other round pieces just clamp and skip all the measuring (will save alot of time!)

    Sorry for the long winded post, happy drilling:drinkup:

  3. Freddy130

    Freddy130 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    and for your viewing pleasure! Go big or go home!

  4. c.schulz

    c.schulz Senior Member
    Messages: 202

  5. Snow Lover

    Snow Lover Junior Member
    from 57785
    Messages: 6

    I have an older (1997) 7'6" Boss V plow, and the Boss factory wings will not fit without extensive fabrication. The Pro Wing PW22 mounted up easily and has been durable so far this season.
    I wish the Boss wings would have worked since they were built much more sturdily, but for the amount of $$ the retro fit would have cost us I can buy a new set of the Pro's every year for many years to come.
  6. cameo89

    cameo89 Senior Member
    Messages: 669

    If you got the cash Boss wings are the way to go! but keep in mind you will probly have to install new cutting edge, pro wings can be put on to fit ur cutting edge no matter how worn it may be.
  7. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    Below cost...nope, lol. Someones got a vxt up there that needs some wings....:)
  8. FeelLikeANumber

    FeelLikeANumber Member
    Messages: 63

    I didnt really want to drill a hole in the front of the plow and i hadnt read up too much on how the pro wings were mounted but it looked like that was how its done. I checked the link for equipment specialists and about fell out of the chair. My local dealer was quoting $800 for the wings , and they're saying on the website $615!!! I havent figured out what shipping would be though,
  9. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    FYI we installed the Boss wings last year to my '96 9'-2" V-plow. You're right, they take alot of work to make them fit. Brackets had to be cut and perminantly welded to my braces, not that it makes any difference now because after all the work I wouldn't trade them for the world!
  10. GB350

    GB350 Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Hey Derek I have an older 8'2" looking to add the boss wings to. Do you have any pics of the bracing you added and was it a pain to do? Just trying to get an ideal of how much work I'm in for.
  11. RamDude01

    RamDude01 Member
    Messages: 41

    I've got pro wings on both my super duties, they work great. The only thing that I found is that you should use the nylon lock nuts instead of the lock washers and regular nuts... they will loosen and fall out over time. I've seen my time reduced by at least 25% and on some lots as much as 50%. Wish I hadn't waited so long to put them on.

    They were a piece of cake to install - a hole saw for the blade works great. You should be able to have them installed in less than an hour. Why pay three or four times the price for the Boss wings? Maybe better quality, but like Snow Lover said, you can replace these quite a few times for the cost of the Boss.
  12. Cmbrsum

    Cmbrsum Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    I run 2 older Superduty 8' straight blades. Boss wings on one. Pro wings on the other. Boss wings hold up great. Pro wings are a little flimsy. Pro wings run almost straight when pushing, instead of a forward angle. Both needed welding and modification to install the mount kits.I'm thinking about upgrading the pro wings to Boss wings.
  13. allcraftsmen

    allcraftsmen Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    I bought a set this year and won't plow without them. All my accounts are monthly or seasonal so the faster I get them done the better for me. They claim they are 30% faster and I can tell you thats no B.S. We did a test on a lot of how many passes it would take an 8'2" Boss V and an 8'2" with Boss wings. My truck with the wings did it in 5 passes, our other truck without wings did it in 8 passes. there was 2" of snow. The nice thing is being able to take a full moldboard width on each pass when you are windrowing. If you have the $$$$$ buy them and you won't be sorry.
  14. brookline

    brookline Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    What about making a 22 degree angle brace to put behind it between the wing and the plow? I would think you could stiffen it up enough and also make the brace to come off fairly easily. Any thoughts? I am 99% sure i am going to go with the pro wings for this season at least just on the basis of cost alone.
  15. plowzilla

    plowzilla Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Spend the extra money and buy the Boss wings. I have 2 sets and would not plow without them. Besides, you have to put holes in your mold board and they do not add as much extension like the Boss wings. Lastly, the look professional.
  16. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    Most of the complaints in this thread about the Pro Wings are due to the ridiculous rubber flap they come with, incorrect installation or abusive plowing technique.

    Are the Boss Factory Wings better? Absolutley.

    $500.00 better? Hell no.

    Pro Wings are cheaper, look fine when installed correctly, and when used with a couple of pieces of poly can be made to scrape as well and last longer AND extend further than the Boss wings.

    And you will still have your extra $500.00
  17. allcraftsmen

    allcraftsmen Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    The Boss Wing Extensions are obviously better and look like they are designed to be installed on a plow. Unlike the the ProWings which look like an afterthought, not to mention the way they are to be installed. You can remove the Boss Wing Extensions in seconds and you don't have to modify them to work. Why would you spend all that money on ProWings then modify them?
  18. brookline

    brookline Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    I have everything I would need to modify them so it would cost me nothing to add more support just a little more time in the garage.
  19. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    All that money is only around $200.00. You can remove Pro Wings in seconds, also. Boss Wings are around $700.00.

    It probably would take me a bit longer to remove a set of Pro Wings due to the extra $500.00 in my pocket weighing me down. The bottom line is that Boss Wings are no faster clearing an area than Pro Wings are, and that the extra money spent is for looks only?

  20. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    Ive had the pro wings and had the mounting hardware welded to the plow. They seem to work well but if your doing parking lots with curbs or light polls be carefull, it seems the ends bend fairly easily. Also i went to tractor supply and bought the 36 inch blade guides and made holes in the wings to mount them. I think on our boss poly i will get the boss wings just so it looks like they were supposed to be there