Evaluation of the Viking-Cives tow plow.
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Evaluation of the Viking-Cives tow plow.

  • 2009-05-01

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      In early February, 2009, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) entered into an agreement with Viking-Cives USA to evaluate the Viking-Cives Tow Plow. MaineDOT agreed to evaluate the Tow Plow for the remainder of the 2008-2009 winter season and in turn provide information and feedback to Viking-Cives relative to the Department’s experience with the Tow Plow. Fleet Services, Bureau of Maintenance and Operations retrofitted a 2009 Volvo Wheeler to accommodate the towing of the plow. Changes to the truck were relatively minimal and included installation of a 45 ton pintel hook and the installation of hydraulic hoses from the trucks wing tower to the tongue of the Tow Plow trailer. Hydraulic fluid from the wing up/down function operated the lifting and lowering motion of the tow plow and fluid from the D/A slide operated the two steering axles of the trailer. These axles articulate to a maximum of 30 degrees (see Photos 1 and 2). The standard wing is not needed when using the Tow Plow. The 8 yard hopper mounted on the tow trailer was operated by utilizing the trucks existing spreader controls. The retrofit of the truck took about 2 days to complete at a cost of approximately $1,000 including materials.
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