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Trip Spring Adjustment

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Duplantisjj, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. Duplantisjj

    Duplantisjj Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    As some here may know, I just got new Boss a few days ago....I was going over the plow last night in the garage checking for loose bolts and such then I noticed my trip springs were not tight. They were not wobbly but were all a little loose. Shouldn't they be a little tighter. I did a search and found something to the effect of:

    "Check the adjustment of the trip springs. They are adjusted properly when the coils of the spring are just starting to seperate. If you can grab a spring and twisted it, or if it feels "loose" and wobbly, tighten the adjustment."

    Is this good advise for any plow? If so, then I need to adjust mine a little more. :confused: I think the shop that installed should have done this but I do need to learn how to maintain my own plow.

  2. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    Your owners manual should say how to adjust them. I'm not familiar with Boss, but on Westerns I think your supposed to be able to slip a piece of paper between the third and fourth coil from the end of the spring when they are adjusted right.
  3. ZamboniHDB

    ZamboniHDB Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    streetsurfin' -

    Actually with Western plows, a sheet of paper should pass between the second and third coils from the top.

    Just my .02¢
  4. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    Thanks for the correction. I wasn't sure if it was 2-3 or 3-4 and didn't have my book handy.
  5. ZamboniHDB

    ZamboniHDB Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    I didn't have my book either. I just knew it from repetition from over the years. I wouldn't think it would make that much of a difference, but I'm sure someone on the board would differ!

  6. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    a business card is a good gauge for the 2nd and thirrd coils ;)