Sean’s truck was buried in several feet of heavy snow. This is what happened to his ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover.

There’s a truck under there. I promise!

Imagine coming outside and finding your truck like this. That’s just what happened to Sean T. in New York in late 2014. Pictured here is his Ford F150, which is equipped with an ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover. I’ll let him take the story from here.

“After getting over 7 feet of snow in 2 days back in November 2014 I thought my cover for sure would be shot and I would have to buy a new one. Snow drifts on my truck bed cover were as high as the snow in my yard.”

“The cross bar tubes that support the cover flexed and deflected to the max under the heavy load.”

“To my surprise when I finally got all the snow off the cover the bars flexed back into shape the the cover had not ripped or torn at all! Thanks ACCESS. I’m now looking at purchasing an ADARAC for my truck to haul canoes and kayaks.”

Sean later sent us these photos after he installed his new ADARAC™ Truck Bed Rack System.

As you can see, Sean’s tonneau cover is doing just fine.

Homesteaders enjoy our SNOWSPORT® HD Utility Plow

Last week, YouTuber Starry Hilder teased a little bit about getting our SNOWSPORT® HD Utility Plow for their homestead in the Pacific Northwest. Hilder promised a full review to come.

Over the weekend, Hilder uploaded this complete review of the plow with plenty of action by her husband, Mr. Hilder, on their 1/4-mile driveway. Watch and see what the homesteaders said.

Two SnowSport customers show off their plow rigs

We’ve heard from a pair of SnowSport® owners this week. They shared shots of their plow rigs and told us about how they’re using their SnowSport® HD Utility Plows.

First up is Mike W. in Michigan. Check it out.

Photo courtesy of Mike W. in Michigan

Mike says:

“Not a lot of snow in Michigan, but the rubber cutting edge lets ya plow the yard so the kids can play!”

Second up is Bobby C. in Massachusetts.  After seven years of clearing snow with snowblowers, Bobby got a SnowSport HD Utility Plow to clear his 200-foot driveway. Here is the plow on his Jeep:

Photo courtesy of Bobby C. in Massachusetts

Here’s what Bobby had to say:

“Today was our first winter storm of six heavy inches of snow. My snow removal has normally taken about three hours with my two snow blowers running, I got a 7′ Snowsport for my ’06 Jeep Wrangler this year and I plowed out in under an hour while in my Jeep with heated seats and listening to the Acoustic Sunrise on the radio. Totally warm and relaxed. This plow worked unreal. I should have got the plow seven years ago. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! It was no strain on the Jeep.”

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.

 

 

Who uses a SnowSport® plow?

One of the blessings of social media is we get to see our customers using our products. So if you want to know who uses a SnowSport® plow, just read on to see them in action.

Last week, we showed you a pair of customer reviews of the SnowSport® HD Utility Plow. Here are a few more videos from happy customers putting their plows to work.

First, more of the SnowSport® HD Utility Plow.

 

Now, here are some videos of the SnowSport® 180 Utility Plow going to work:

Read what a customer in Washington state has to say about our ACCESS® VANISH® Roll-Up Cover

Todd A. in Washington

Todd A. in Washington state sent us these photos of his 2000 GMC Sierra equipped with an ACCESS® VANISH® Roll-Up Cover.

Here’s what Todd said about his experience with this tonneau cover:

“This is the best upgrade I’ve done to my truck. Purchased in 2009. I’ve had 8 inches of snow and zero leaks. I can roll up in an instant to load large items with ease and place under the cover and not worry because this cover keeps the elements out. I live in the Pacific North West and I have tested this throughly. I will always own an ACCESS cover because they are the best.  It is nice to be driving around town and if I want to stop at the gravel or topsoil/ bark pit I can just pull up and roll up and the loader can dump in and off I go. Thank you.”

Normally, we blur out the license plate when sharing customers' photos. Todd, however, had a better idea.

Q&A: Can an ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover handle heavy loads of snow?

ACCESS® Roll-Up Covers  have been tested under all weather conditions and can endure even heavy mountain region snowfalls.

We’re often asked how well our tonneau covers handle snow. As we make these products in North Dakota, we know a thing or two about heavy snow. Our covers have been tested under all weather conditions and can endure even heavy mountain region snowfalls.

We also hear from our customers from time to time about how well our products handle extreme weather. Here is a review from Rich Z. of New York, about what happened when his 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and its ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover got a heavy dose of snow:

In October of 06 we had a freak snow storm in this area. There was about 6 feet of heavy wet snow (not exagerating). My truck looked like it had a bed mount camper. I’m guessing that there must of been 4 tons of wet snow on the cover, my back springs were bottomed out !!!! I was expecting the cover to be torn to shreds and sitting in the truck bed. The cover stood tough and is still going strong 7 years later. I’m giving access a 5 star rating but would easily give it a 10 rating. You will not be disapointed if you purchase this company’s covers. I am in the process of buying a new truck and unfortunately my existing cover won’t fit the new vehicle so I will be ordering a new cover. Thanks for an amazing product !!!

Q&A: How does a SnowSport® plow work without any hydraulics or wiring?

People used to working with other plows often ask us how the SnowSport® Snow Plows can get the job done without any hydraulics or electrical connections to control the plow.

As you push snow, the blade travels up and down as needed by gravity. The rubber cutting edge is designed to cut through the snow but pass over the harder ground surfaces below and be gentle on grass. When you back up, the blade automatically lies back, skimming over the surface. Then you drive forward and the blade re-engages for plowing.

Here’s a video that details how it works:

Want to see more video evidence of how effective this plow can be? Check out this YouTube playlist that features a collection of customers’ videos of their SnowSport® plows in action.

Also, check out our SnowSport® Frequently Asked Questions page to find more answers about our plows.

 

 

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