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Drive into your plow 1st time, everytime

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Alaska Boss, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    One of the things that used to be a hassle for me when hooking up my plow, was driving up & into the mounts straight, without getting in & out of my truck 6 times to check which side I missed it on this time, especially at night. Then, suddenly one day, it dawned on me to make some marks on my truck & plow, so I would have something to visually line up to as I drove up to the plow & hit the mounts right on the first try. After trying several things, I came up with a system that works for me on the first try every time. When the plow is still on the truck, unhook it, but don't drive away from it,... leave it on the truck, but have the light tower, etc. tipped forward just as it will sit when you do pull away. Now, with the truck still into the mounts, mark a spot on your plow or lights (I use a light-mount stud) that you can see that's just above the hood of your truck. Then you need 2 marks on your truck. I have a wind deflector on the front of my hood, so I took a small file & made a tiny notch in the edge of it & put a dab of white paint in it, approximately in-line with the light-mount stud, then I took a black magic marker & made a small dot on the inside of my windshield, so all 3 things are lined up when my truck is sitting in the plow mounts. The black dot is below my line of vision while driving, so I never see it. I just line up the black dot with the white dot on the light-stud as I drive up to my plow, & bingo!! It works every time !! I see that BOSS makes a drive-in sight kit now too, but this will work for every plow on every truck,... just modify it to your particular application. Just thought I'd throw this out for the new guys... :waving: :waving:
  2. wddodge

    wddodge Member
    Messages: 64

    I have another system. I pull the truck into the garage. Then I go over and push the blade thats sitting on dollys over to the truck, getting the mounting pins lined up. Then I adjust the height with a little bottle jack thats made onto the rear dolly and put in the pins and hook up the hoses. Takes about 2 minutes.:)

  3. amarino

    amarino Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    alaska - great tip! Thanks.
  4. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Good tip. Could be used for hitching up trailers too.
  5. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I was just going to say, how does this guy hook up to a trailer?
  6. glenspot

    glenspot Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    This is an awesome tip.
  7. scotty2222

    scotty2222 Member
    from MI
    Messages: 64

    Great tip

    I drive up to my plow from my truck then in the driver's seat I look at hood to plow,There is a point where you can see what you aim up to .
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2005
  8. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I have a mark on my lift gate and on the front rail of my trailer that lines me up just right to hitch abd run......my plow is on a dolly also.

  9. gino

    gino Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 94

    So how do you go about hitting the "G" Spot?
    JK Thanks for the tip, its cool.
  10. bterry

    bterry Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    Great idea, and would love to do it. But I've got a Blizzard now, and the lights don't stick up in the air when the plow is dismounted. So I can't figure out how to do this. I thought about making a bracket on the plow frame to hold the lights when off the truck - never liked just throwing them over the plow anyway. Anybody with a Blizzard have a trick similar to this?
  11. BigBurban

    BigBurban Member
    Messages: 31

    I just got done building a set of casters to roll my blizzard around on.

    I took an 8" peice of 1" pipe and welded a peice of 3x5x1/4" plate on one end and drilled a hole on the other for a pin. Bolted a swivel caster to the bottom of the plate. These slide in where the plow shoes go.

    I bolted a caster to the "foot" on the blizzard frame.

    Now i can pull in the garage and wheel the plow over and hook it up in a nice heated space :drinkup:
  12. alamarc

    alamarc Member
    Messages: 67

    Trailers-- i just saw something in a truck magazine. It was two magnets with long dowel like poles mounted to them. One goes on the trailer right on the ball reciever and the other goes on the hitch on the truck. When you back into the trailer try and make to two hit. Then you have your position.

    Plows--The older body style GM had the center bump on the hood. It matched up perfectly with the lift ram on the fishers. Thats how i do it. I can imagine the newer body style and how difficult it must be.
  13. Playboy

    Playboy Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Before I put my MVP away in the garage I practiced mounting in a few parts of my drive way to get some practice in. I was able to get it every time on the first try. I even drove out my drive way to get out of line of the truck/plow. I just look at the two light and center them to the hood as i drive up to the plow. I only had a problem once where the plow didn't want to come off. It was unhooked but no matter how much i backed up it just stayed on. Block of wood and a 25# hammer got it loose.

    I'll be taking it out of the garage soon now that the leaves are all done.
  14. Kramer

    Kramer Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Get one of those laser pointers and tape it to the dash. Pick a point on the back of the plow light and you're done!

    I'm lazy!
  15. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    You need 3 points lined up to work every time... only one path lines up 3 points in a row,.. 2 points can line up from any direction,.... it's the most conveinent to have it on the driver's side, so you can line it up without twisting your head around as you approach your plow. This is for those of us who don't have dollies or room in your garage, & have to keep it outside...
  16. bcf

    bcf Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    That's an excellent tip. I will be doing this when I get a chance. Thanks.
  17. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Good idea , but Boss has had it as a option as far as i know.
  18. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    I agree with the above, great idea, now this is why I love this site :waving:
  19. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    My dad used to use 2 of those mechanics magnets with the extending handles kinda like antennas....

  20. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    good idea.

    I have a similar setup for my gooseneck trailers. 3 lines down the bed and then a weighted string hanging from the gooseneck frame. You use the bed lines to line up side to side and when the weighted string gets to the 3rd line you are exactly over the ball. Alot cheaper than a $5000 sunroof option :p