Snow and ice management enterprises come in different sizes and with varying clientele. But they all share a similar focus – profitability. With the ideal combination of efficiency, durability and ease of use, the Fisher XLS Expandable Length Snowplow provides these companies with the perfect tool to reach their goals.
For snow professionals, financial success depends heavily on efficiency. Mike Ferreira, proprietor of Mike's Snow Removal in North Dighton, MA, and 35-year snow veteran, can hardly believe the time he saves with his XLS snowplow. "It's cut my plowing time in half. I can do driveways in one pass when it used to take two."
Ferreira was also impressed with the added efficiency and control offered by the unique design of the XLS plow. "You can get a full bite every time. You angle the leading edge in and it directs the snow into the moldboard. There's no going back to get something you lost. With other plows, if the snow is deep it's going to leave trails to clean up. If you want to move a pile of snow, this plow puts it where you want it to go."
The versatility of the XLS snowplow is evident in its ability to expand and retract its wings to ideally suit the situation. "I have a couple of banks that have drive-thrus," Ferreira explains. "I retract the wings to get through the drive-thru and then widen the blade when I come out the other side."
Chris Wilson of Les Wilson & Sons Excavating Contractors in Westbrook, ME, has used the XLS snowplow for three seasons. To this day, he marvels at the work it does compared to a V-plow. "I can plow circles around a V-plow. On a commercial lot, the XLS does much more. It cuts my plowing time by about 20 percent." Part of what makes that increase in productivity possible is the ability to angle in scoop mode. "A huge advantage is when it's in a scoop mode, you can actually angle that blade and carry the snow around a corner," Wilson points out. "With a V-plow, you can't angle it. You have to go straight."
For operators who clear a lot of high-traffic or crowded lots, there's nothing quite like the Fisher XLS. Wilson adds, "We do a lot of car lots, and I can literally get within six inches of the bumpers with that leading wing. And I leave no snow trails."
A large part of being efficient is keeping your truck moving. According to Wilson, the unique positioning provided by the adjustable wings helps keep his vehicles out of trouble. "My trailing wing extends a foot beyond my tires, so I don't get stuck like I used to because it clears under my tires."
Todd Matson, a Subcontractor for Troy Clogg Landscape Associates in Trenton, MI, loves the challenges of plowing snow. "I enjoy it. I really do. I enjoy the challenge of getting the job done in an adequate amount of time." And in his three years operating the Fisher XLS plow, he has learned that it is the only plow that stands up to that challenge. "Windrowing, snow carrying, it hands-down carries more snow than any other plow out there. It has less spill-off in windrow position. You can take a full bite. It's a 10' blade and you can use 9 ½ feet of it." He continues, "The biggest thing with me is the snow carrying capacity – the productivity of the plow. You're doing more with the XLS than with any other truck with a V-plow. I love it. I love it. That's all I can say."
Matson also likes how the XLS plow can handle such a wide variety of conditions. "The versatility is amazing. If you're plowing and the snow is too deep, you can shrink it back to 8'. You literally have four plows in one – an 8', a 10', a box blade and a wing plow with the angled front edge."
Efficiency isn't the only thing that snow professionals value. A plow also needs to stand up to the rigors of the job. Todd Matson has been impressed with how well his XLS snowplow has fit the bill. "They're built tough. No doubt about it. It's held up for two hard years, and I've had no service issues. The manufacturing facility that I plow—the roads are rough in there. It's not an ideal plowing situation. There's gravel, uneven pavement, you name it, the XLS can plow it. The wings are holding up good."
The versatility of the XLS is also ideal for residential properties. "You can extend it all the way and backdrag," Mike Ferreira explains. "It's heavy, so it gets down and scrapes clean."
In tough conditions, even the most experienced snow professional has run-ins with potentially hazardous obstacles. As Chris Wilson points out, the XLS snowplow steps up to those challenges in any configuration. "Sometimes you'll clip a tree or fence post. If you're backdragging and you hit a curb, the pressure relief valve just allows it to spring forward. If you're in scoop mode it simply kicks back."
You might think the added features of adjustable-wing plows may be difficult to operate. But those who use the XLS are impressed at how easy the controls are to pick up. "I bought it sight unseen," Matson recalls. "I had no experience with an expandable wing plow. Even though I had never operated a wing plow, it only took an hour to learn. It's especially easy if you already use a V-plow. It's basically the same control."
Chris Wilson agrees. "If you're used to operating snowplow controls, it's not a big deal. It's just a couple other buttons to run. And for anyone who runs a V-plow, it's not any adjustment at all."
Efficiency, durability and easy-to-use controls all add up to help snow professionals achieve their number one goal – profitability. In the time that Matson has had his XLS plow, he has seen an increase in his profit margins. "In the past two years, the rate of pay I make is greater. And with the increased productivity, the XLS has more than paid for itself."
Mike Ferreira has experienced heightened profits by being able to take on more customers. "I used to be kind of gun-shy about taking on new accounts, in case I couldn't get them all done on time. With the XLS, you can take on more accounts because you can get more done faster, so you can make more money."
Wilson echoes, "If someone has four commercial lots to take care of, and you buy an XLS, it allows you to pick up another lot and make more money. It pays for itself."
With its superior design and performance the Fisher XLS Expandable Length Snowplow has helped snow removal contractors realize greater profits. As Wilson so aptly puts it, you have to experience it for yourself. "To fully appreciate it, you have to get behind the wheel. If you ever plow with an XLS, you'll never go back. Period."