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Best wiper blades.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ThisIsMe, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. ThisIsMe

    ThisIsMe Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 745

    After the recent ice storm, the OEM blades on the new Dodge (1200 miles on it), bit the dust. Of course now they will not even clean 70% of the washer fluid off. Real heavy duty Dodge huh?

    Either way on another truck I purchased the "best" that Walmart had to offer, and they are just pure crap.

    So what do others use, suggest, recommend?
     
  2. RYDER

    RYDER Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    I used to work for NAPA and thay started to sell Innovision. I put these on my truck last year and thay still work great. But thay cost about 17.00@.payup
     
  3. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    I just use the winter blades from AutoZone. Blades seem to only be good for about a year. Running over ice will crap them up pretty quick. You could try heating them up and fitting them to the windshield, but that probably won't work.
     
  4. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    I purchased a set of winter blades for my truck about 3 months ago.Haven't had any snow here yet and they are already crapped out.



    RCGM
    Brad
     
  5. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Bosch. Hands down. I've tried almost everything, a friend recommended Bosch so I bought a pair, just took them off after four years, they worked awesome and only recently started getting streaky from being worn. I couldn't find them so I bought Michelin this time around, thinking they're a big name brand and must know a little about rubber, but they suck as bad as their tires (another story) and they weren't cheap. So after a month I already want them gone, had to call my friend up yesterday to find out who carries Bosch around here. He said Autozone has them.
     
  6. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Has anyone tried those expensive ones called 'Reflex' at Canadian Tire? No linkages/springs to freeze or sieze up. Really expensive, though, wonder if they are worth it?
     
  7. Rowski

    Rowski Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    Have you tried the Bosch Icon? I put a set on my '01 VW Golf and love them. I just put a set on my '01 Chevy but have not used them much to make good judgement. They are very $$$ mid $20's per one. Your right on... Bosch has high quality rubber.

    I used the Napa Innovisions last year. They worked better in the wiper suspension design but the rubber doesn't last long before streaking.

    BTW, Napa can get Bosch blades, most stores don't stock them.

    Derek
     
  8. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    I pay $40 a pair for PIAA sillicone blades. Each blade includes a silicone wipe that you use on the windshield and then run the blades dry for 5 minutes. This works the silicone onto your windshield and repels the rain incredibly well. You find yourself using the wipers only once in a blue moon. They're also excellent in snow and ice. Worth every penny, IMO.
     
  9. ThisIsMe

    ThisIsMe Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 745

    I am now a proud owner of a new Bosch blade. Notice only one, Autozone only had one left, so I will wait until a new one comes in.

    I bought the hi-end Michelins last year for a truck. Pure crap as far as I am concerned.
     
  10. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    You only need one.
    Who cares if the passenger can see, they would probably just get scared anyway. :eek:
     
  11. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Anco blades have always served me well.
     
  12. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    Used Anco blades last year. Bought a set new during a snow storm and they didn't even last the storm called my buddy at auto zone and he said bring them back and he swaped them out for some bosch one so far so good.
     
  13. G&S in Md

    G&S in Md Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    winter vs regular blades

    The problem w/ the winter blades is they sit on the autoparts store and whse shelf to long and dry out. If anyone uses Trico winterblades, or Anco winterblades, try to make sure the date code on the case is not too old. If its more then 18 months, then lube the rubber w/ spray silcone. I have been using the Trico same as Napa for appriox 5years now, NEVER a problem , but like anything else keep'em clean.
     
  14. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I have used the Anco's for 20 years and never had a problem. You have to realize that the weather is going to be different every storm. They are not going to preform great each time you use them. None of them will ! Clean the windshield when you first take off and they will last longer.Use RainEx to keep the stuff from sticking from the start of the event.
     
  15. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    I just go to autozone and grab the winter blades, they seem to work great..But keep in mind, those who use them, they are the worst blade ever if you leave them on during the summer. The rubber cover just catches the wind doing anything more than 40 mph and will just pull off the window. thats why after winter i return to normal blades..
     
  16. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Anco blades have never served me well.
     
  17. Proscapez LLC

    Proscapez LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    I don't think there is a good wiper blade company out there.
    I bought my father a set off the tv back in the 1984, they had 5 edges and came with a lifetime warranty. he still use them to this day! I think the company went under many years ago. I found some with the same shape, but there trash.

    What I do is buy the cheap anco ones, and wipe the edge off them with a napkin every time I wash my cars and trucks. They seem to last about a year max.....

    If I don't wipe them about a good month or two, before the stop working
     
  18. 1lowGMC

    1lowGMC Member
    Messages: 70

    The Bosh blades with no springs linkages or anything work the best the only bad part is the cost $30 per blade. But they will last multiple years.
     
  19. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    I always use Anco winter blades year round. They last for years. For me they dont start to lift till about 70 mph on the freeway, but thats about as fast as Ill ever go anyway.
     
  20. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    anyone heard of the heated blades or heated windshield fluid ??