Monthly Archives: June 2015

Meet BOSS Owner Shawn O’Keefe

Shawn_OKeefeShawn O’Keefe, a snow removal contractor with Midwest Landscape Specialists, Inc., has been servicing commercial parking lots for eight years. With many seasons of plowing in Northwest Indiana, Shawn typically pushes approximately 40 inches of snow per winter. It’s easy to see that he has a lot of experience with snow management, especially because he has plowed with a BOSS for five of those seasons. When we asked what he loved about BOSS so much the answer was easy, and he replied, “Reliability and strength; ease of use.” He explained that his initial attraction to BOSS was how well built the plow is. He elaborates, “BOSS is indestructible; it can’t be broken.”

Shawn has had some memorable times behind the plow and he recalls a particular storm that hit hard with a whopping 24 inches. That’s over half of what the area usually sees in a season. He goes on to say that he and the other professionals at Midwest Landscape ran the BOSS plows, three 9’2” VXTs and one 9’2” DXT, for 72 hours straight and smashed through stacked snow walls without an issue. Talk about a long work day! After the job was done and the storm subsided, he recharged and slept for the following three days and we don’t blame him.

With Northwest Indiana seeing an average of 20 snow events in the year, we wanted to know what got Shawn into the snow removal business. He explained that it was simply his passion for snow. He loves plowing because for him it’s fun to load up the trucks, blast some music and push the snow around hour after hour. When he gets ready for a big storm, Shawn only rests easy when he knows the trucks are gassed up and completely loaded with salt. And when the storm finally hits, he grabs some Monster Energy Drinks, turns up the AC/DC and hits the road. Even if he’s plowing well into April, one of Shawn’s proudest accomplishments is not having a single complaint from his customers even throughout the snowiest of winters. His advice for anyone in the business: Don’t sleep in the winter. Based on the story we heard before, Shawn has probably got the right idea!

We salute Shawn and all of the other snow removal professionals out there for restoring order during the winter months. Thanks, Shawn, for being a BOSS Owner!

Rule The Job Site: The Gravely Atlas JSV Is Not Your Typical Utility Vehicle



In the following video, Mike Stevens (SnowPlowNews) joins Ariens’ Joe Pope to discuss the 2016 Gravely Atlas JSV (Job Site Vehicle).

This side-by-side UTV has an appropriate name. The Gravely Atlas Utility Vehicle is built specifically for the job site. The Atlas is the stuff of Greek legend. This machine isn’t holding up the sky, but it will hold just about anything else. The name implies that it’s a heavy lifter and it is. It’s definitely not made for Sunday trips to the park. The Atlas is essentially a heavy-duty Polaris Utility Vehicle, as it employs a Polaris drive-train. Let’s have a look at some of the impressive numbers the Atlas JSV boasts:

1. Over 1900 lb payload capacity
2. 1250 lb capacity job box
3. 1-ton towing capacity

With credentials like this, you can fit a full pallet of salt in the box along with 3 adult passengers. The MX18 heavy-duty steel, extended job box is bigger than a normal UTV, allowing for a salt/sand spreader when cold winds blow.

Gravely Atlas JSV Features

1. All steel MX-18 job box leads its class in capacity
2. Electric deck lift for dumping cargo with the touch of a button
3. 18 cu feet cargo space
4. Dual-range Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
5. Available in gas or diesel models
6. On-demand AWD allows for AWD when you need it and fuel efficient 2WD when you don’t
7. Heavy-duty rear suspension allows for full ground clearance even when it’s maxed out
8. Unmatched comfort. Seating for 3 (or 6) adults
9. Tilt steering, cupholders, and plenty of cab storage space
10. 10 gallon fuel capacity

Heavy-Duty Performance & Comfort

The Atlas JSV was designed for a niche market that was looking for something bigger and badder ― for extreme performance. Whether it’s construction, governmental or major landscaping, job sites often have extreme conditions. A profiled tubular steel frame offers easy installation of cab enclosure accessories. It might have a pretty serious work ethic, but the Atlas is also designed to offer comfort as well.

Blizzard Assault Vehicle

Polaris UTVs are known for being well-built and durable. The Polaris drive-train under this machine gives the Atlas a firm foundation for tackling big jobs. It’s probably a bit much for the average homeowner or weekend warrior, but for professional snow removal, this thing is a beast. Equipped with snowplow and salt spreader, this thing looks like something from an apocalyptic movie set. Put yourself behind the wheel of the Gravely Atlas JSV and you’ll own any job site or blizzard that gets in your way. It might even have you muttering “who’s your daddy?” as you take on the next big job.

For more information, visit the Gravely website.

Brent Jarvis for SnowPlowNews

Updated June, 2017, to ensure accuracy.