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Old style Boss conversion

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by Ice Scream, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Ice Scream

    Ice Scream Member
    Messages: 82

    Has anyone converted the old style boss with a engine driven hydraulic setup for a truck?
  2. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Must be a REALLY old one. Doesn't sound hard, but it does sound expensive. Probably more than the plow is worth. Best off to keep or repair what you have I would guess. Engine driven pumps are still available.

    Then again, if whatever valving you have is possibly reusable, that would really keep the price down. A regular electric powerpack (like SPX Stone, Monarch, etc) without valves would probably be around $500. (in fact come to think of it I have a rebuilt one here with no reservoir...)

    Maybe you can describe or take a picture of your current hydraulic setup. That would be helpful.
  3. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    i thought that you could option to get an engine driven pump with the new plows.
  4. Ice Scream

    Ice Scream Member
    Messages: 82

    I have a the first generation boss, the ones with the hydraulic set up that goes under the hood. The only thing I have is the blade and angle cylinders. I am build a work truck and I thought I would build a hydraulic set up. The aftermarket setup usually are setup for straight blades. I was thinking of doing it with a engine driven pump with a valve bank.
  5. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Well regardless of what style you use, you need a pump, reservior, and something to drive it. That is what makes the electric powerpack nice--simplicity.

    Valving will be the most expensive part for you. You pretty well need electric valves... or at least cable operated. You basically need a valve to lift up and down, a valve forward and back for the LH side, and a valve forward and back for the RH side... and something to control it.

    I'm guessing you probably need the better part of a grands worth of parts. Definately consider just buying the original stuff and bolting it on and saving a pile of time... you will make it up when it is operational next winter.
  6. Ice Scream

    Ice Scream Member
    Messages: 82

    I know its not going to be cheap, but I can run my winch and bed hydraulics on it. I have the tank, hoses, and valve bank. I just wanted to see if someone else has come up with the idea or has ideas on it.
  7. snatchal

    snatchal Member
    Messages: 31

    IceScream. I have the old style with the pump that mounts under the hood. It's a Barnes pump with the valves hooked to the side. I have been planning to replace the bed with a dump rack. It would be nice if a guy could use the same pump for the plow and the dump. Kind of like central hydraulics. I'm just not sure if the pump is big enough to handle a dump cylinder. Probably need a bigger reservoir. E-mail me at snatchal@hotmail