Get your plow rig ready for winter

Winter’s getting close. Make sure your plow rig is ready for plowing.

No matter how much — or how little — you enjoy those soft snowflakes that tumble down from the sky every winter, they will soon be coming.

With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to get the plow out from storage and make sure it is ready to go with the first snow fall. A massive blizzard already dumped deep snow from Wyoming to South Dakota in early October, so the next snowfall may not be too far off.

Before the snow hits, check your plow rig to ensure it’s ready for the job. Be sure to check the fluids of your rig, ensure that your headlights are in good working order and that your push frame, pins and blade markers on the snow plow are all in good condition. You don’t want a blade marker to snap off and end up hitting a curb or catching another vehicle’s fender.

You will also want to be ready for those cold mornings with a heavy coat, sturdy gloves and a mug of hot coffee to keep you warm — just be sure to sip it only when your rig is stopped. If you’re comfortable and your rig is in working order, waking up before the sunrise in the frigid temperatures won’t feel as tedious.

If you’re looking for a snow plow that takes as little maintenance as possible, consider one that doesn’t use hydraulics or electrical components. Your prep work will be cut in half and you won’t have to worry about additional things on your checklist. These plows will make installation and operating straightforward and quick.

The LT Utility Plow offers low-maintenance plowing and is self-engaging. It features a rubber cutting edge so you can use it on concrete, gravel and brick without cutting into turf or scratching pavement.

So make sure that your plow rig is prepared when the first heavy snowfall hits, because it may not be too far away.



Want pristine outdoor spaces next year? Take action in the fall

 (ARA) – The cooling weather signals most homeowners to retire their lawn and garden equipment for the year. But before you stow away the rakes and hoes, remember that fall offers a unique opportunity for starting projects that can yield beautiful landscape results next year. You can save time and potentially money by doing a few simple projects now so when spring arrives, your yard reaches its full potential.

 Every year, a lot of time, money and effort is devoted to the pursuit of a beautiful and well-maintained home landscape. According to the 2011 American Time Use Survey  conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans who dedicate time to lawn and garden care spend on average more than two hours a day maintaining their outdoor spaces.

 While a beautiful yard takes effort, there are ways you can better utilize the time, money and energy you spend on maintenance. Keep these tips in mind when tackling the landscape during the cooler months:

  1. Rake and pick up leaves.

 If leaves are left scattered on the lawn, grass won’t grow as well in the spring. Don’t worry about removing leaves from plant beds, as they actually help insulate and feed plants during the winter months.

  2. Take advantage of fall planting opportunities.

 Plant perennial flowers, ground covers, spring bulbs, trees and shrubs in early fall so they have time to establish strong and healthy roots. Some of the best sales on perennials are in the fall when greenhouses are trying to close out their inventories.

  3. Mulch plant beds.

 It’s important to add a layer of organic mulch to plant beds, which helps roots get established before the ground freezes solid. Mulch also helps to retain soil moisture and prevent future weed growth. Don’t add mulch where iris rhizomes are planted because they are prone to rotting.

  4. Maximize your equipment with accessories.

 Find accessories or attachments that enhance the equipment you already own, such as your all-terrain vehicle. For example, the SnowSport ATV Plow manufactured by Agri-Cover can be used year round for landscaping projects as well as snow removal. With this versatile snow plow, a homeowner can easily level, spread or push dirt, gravel and snow anytime of the year. This turf-friendly, all-terrain plow is available in six different blade lengths, so you can find the best one for your ATV or utility terrain vehicle. Each blade is 14.5-inches high and has a 1-inch thick rubber cutting edge for efficient scraping no matter what project you’re taking on.

  5. Clean out rain gutters.

 Clogged gutters can cause water backups that can damage your roof in the fall, and possibly create ice dams in the winter. It’s wise to clean out rain gutters and make sure water flows away from walkways and driveways, which could ice over and become hazardous in the winter.

  6. Winterize pipes.

 Shut off water to all outdoor spigots to prevent pipes from freezing. If you have a sprinkler system, blow out the lines so that sitting water doesn’t freeze and destroy the system.

  7. Maintain your driveway.

 If you have a tar driveway, popular in the cities and suburbs, you might want to consider sealing it before the cold weather hits. Ice and snow can damage the surface and cause cracks to expand. If you live in a rural area, the maintenance of a gravel driveway may also be on your fall to-do list before the winter winds start to blow. With these simple tips, you’ll make the most of fall time to create a beautiful landscape setting you can enjoy through all of next year


SnowSport® HD Plow Now Available in a New Blade Length

For a limited time only, you can get the award-winning SnowSport® HD Utility Plow in a new longer blade length. The SnowSport® HD Plow features a durable aluminum, 3-point angling snow plow blade that is lightweight and easily attaches to the front of your vehicle with our no-drill vehicle-specific mount. Why shovel or use a snow blower, when you can quickly plow snow with optimal maneuverability in residential or commercial settings. Order a personal utility plow online with FREE Shipping or find a dealer near you by calling (800) 233-4655 or visting our online dealer locator.

Why SnowSport® is the Best Snow Plow for You

SnowSport snow plowsACI (Agri-Cover, Inc.) often receives many questions on our innovativeSnowSport® Utility Plow. How does it work? How much snow can I push with it? Can I really use my ATV or Zero-Turn Mower to plow snow? All great questions and ACI is always happy to tell you why our snow plows really are unique to the market and, after using one, why so many people become believers in the SnowSport® Utility Plow. Throughout the year, the ACI Sales Team travels all over the US and Canada to shows, fairs and local dealers. We often display the SnowSport® Snow Plow with an informative DVD showing it in action at our booth. The plow is so unique to the market that it often stops people in their tracks. We’ve literally seen people plow into each other!

SnowSport 180 snow plowThe SnowSport® is so efficient and user-friendly that once you use it, you’ll never want to pick up a snow shovel or start a snow blower again! While there are many heavy steel snow plows available in today’s plow market, most of them wear and tear on your vehicle and often times on you. They can also be very expensive and usually need to be installed by a professional. With the SnowSport® Plow there are no electrical or hydraulic components to hassle with. You install the mount in about 30 minutes, attach the plow blade and you are on your way plowing in no time. Unlike heavy steel plows, the SnowSport® Snow Plow is lightweight and operates on a motion-activated system. This is why some of our customer consider it to be the best snow plow for them.

SnowSport snow plow for ATV UTVHow It Works:

1. Lower Blade: To begin plowing snow, remove pin, lift blade one end at a time and lower it over push frame, then replace pin.

2. Drive Forward: When you start driving, the snow plow automatically starts pushing snow. The blade is guided by a push frame that allows it to slide up and down with the grade of the terrain. The thick rubber cutting edge facilitates effective snow removal yet remains turf friendly.

3. Backing Up: Back up to take another pass. When driving in reverse, the blade of the snow plow lies back, skimming over the surface. When driving forward the blade automatically reengages for plowing. There are no controls to operate, all you do is drive.

4. Lift Blade When Finished: When snow removal is complete, lift the blade back over the push frame into the transport position.

Snow plow operation

So whether, you buy the SnowSport® Plow for your Truck, SUV, Mini-Van, ATV/UTV, or Zero-Turn Mower, anyone can plow snow easily and in less time than it would take to use a snow blower or a shovel! It’s perfect for homeowners, business owners, small towns or municipalities, and really anyone that wants to take the hassle out of clearing snow. Our customers have also found the snowplow to be quite handy with landscaping projects and chores around the farm. But don’t take our word for it…check out what other SnowSport® Plow owners are saying. With the SnowSport® plow, seeing really is believing.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team today at 1-800-233-4655 or We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you place your order with free shipping!
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A DIY Checklist for Winterizing the Exterior of Your Home

snowsport snow plow 180 rear plowThe cold winter season brings destructive snow, ice and freezing temperatures to homeowners in the Snow Belt states each year and proper preparation is essential. There are numerous DIY tasks that you, the homeowner, can do to protect and prepare the exterior of your home before winter sets in. 

To keep the cost of heating your home down this winter, it is essential to keep it well insulted and sealed. Heat can be lost through cracks, damaged siding, drafty doors and leaky windows. To ensure your home stays energy efficient throughout the winter, do a thorough inspection of the exterior, and use calking and weather stripping to close up any holes or gaps that might let cold air in and warm air out.

Now is also a great time to clean up and store your outdoor lawn tools and equipment, patio furniture and garden hoses. Along with emptying your garden hoses of left over water, you’ll also need to shut off the water valves of exterior faucets, so the pipes don’t freeze. Additional tasks can include cleaning the gutters and cutting tree branches away from power lines, the roof and driveway to reduce downed trees due to heavy snow and ice.

Once you’ve completed these tasks, it’s time to buy or maintain snow removal equipment for the upcoming winter months. A high quality snow plow can make snow removal an easy do-it-yourself project all winter long. There are several different snow plow options on the market today. If you want a user-friendly option, consider the SnowSport® HD Plow by ACI (Agri-Cover, Inc.), a North Dakota aftermarket accessory company. Owners of this innovative snow plow agree that it’s one of the easiest plows they have used and is a safe and affordable option for do-it-yourself snow removal.

“Five years ago I purchased a SnowSport plow. It is my pleasure to recommend it to any farmer, rancher or country dweller. I live 15 miles from town on a township road. I not only clean my driveway with ease, but I choose to do the entire yard in and around all the out buildings. The township road I live on is not often maintained in the winter, so I easily clean one half mile of that road in a matter of a few minutes. I still mount a blower on a tractor each winter. The last five years I have unhooked the blower each spring, unused. I much prefer to use the SnowSport® snow plow. Without a doubt it has been one of the best investments for snow removal I have made,” says Keath B. of rural Wahpeton, N.D.

The plow is manufactured from corrosion-resistant, hardened, anodized aluminum and is equipped with a thick rubber cutting edge designed to aggressively plow hard, compacted snow, yet remains vehicle and terrain-friendly. The snow plow installs in approximately 30 minutes on your truck or SUV and the blade can be removed in seconds. There are no electric or hydraulic components to wear out or malfunction, making it a user-friendly option for any homeowner. The manufacturer offers a three year warranty on the SnowSport® HD Plow. For more information, on the SnowSport® HD Utility Plow visit ACI’s website or call (888) 850-5144.