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Cleaning a hand held controller

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by LapeerLandscape, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    Has anyone ever cleaned the contacts on a hand held controller. I have one that you have to push really hard on the down button to get it to work. I have heard not to clean them but was wondering if I could sand them or use rubbing alcohol.
     
  2. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    I use scotch-brite abrasive pads and brake clean or alcohol. Don't use sandpaper or steel wool. I have heard some people suggest using a pencil eraser but I didn't find it effective.
     
  3. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    I used rubbing alcohol and a few q tips. It was pretty dirty ans seemed to do the trick.
     
  4. flyguyirvin65

    flyguyirvin65 Member
    Messages: 52

    Just did my fisher controller today. scotch bite works great. my contacts were dark in color just a few rubs and they were shiny. Do both sides and it will work great
     
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    Great tip guys. On the Fisher controller's....do you just un-screw the back 2 screws and take apart? One thing I'm going to be doing is taking them out of the trucks come spring, way too much dirt and dust from landscaping get into the cab and controllers.
     
  6. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    Take the controller apart then seperate the circuit board and the rubber contact pad and clean both parts.
     
  7. pcurtice

    pcurtice Member
    from Yooper
    Messages: 34

    A couple of days ago I put my plow on, 8.5 MVP Unimount, and had no movement. Had power to the hand held. Took it apart and used a pencil eraser to clean button contacts. That did the trick. I felt lucky that day as the first significant snow of the winter was on its way in.
     
  8. pcurtice

    pcurtice Member
    from Yooper
    Messages: 34

    http://906engineering.com/ Just FYI. This is an outfit from my area that makes aftermarket hand held controllers for various makes of plows. I noticed on occasion some folks are inquiring about their original controllers going bad. This may be an option for some. Just found them today.