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Custom Controller Mount (Smart Touch 2)

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by Mopard, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Mopard

    Mopard Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Fabbed up a controller mount for my new Smart Touch 2 so I don't have to hold it all day. I detest handhelds in general but this worked out real well for me ... very comfortable. Nice that Boss has the option to remove the handle.


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  2. contractor078

    contractor078 Senior Member
    Messages: 232

    Sweet where can i get one?? looks like its works really well great finish on it
     
  3. ihdriver7088

    ihdriver7088 Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    slick controller mount
     
  4. old skool

    old skool Senior Member
    from NW IL
    Messages: 167

    Very Nice!! Looks factory!

    Can you rest your arm on the arm rest?
     
  5. veggin psd

    veggin psd Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    That is true CRAFTSMANSHIP!:nod:
     
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Starting with the joystick mounting kit makes it handy and less labor intensive (helpful when you're charging by the hour). Done a few that way myself. :drinkup:
     
  7. Mopard

    Mopard Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Thanks, the only way you'll get a mount similar to this is to put together your own or have someone do it. I don't know why they don't offer something like this ... I bet it would be popular. B&B is right in that it'd be quickest to start with a joystick type mount if you can get your hands on one for a decent price. These pieces are very easy to copy and make from scratch out of scrap for free if making your own. I had access to a big steel brake which helped keep the bends nice and sharp.
    I rest my arm on the sill in the Dodge as always and the controller fits like a glove. It took a little trial & error to get the compound angles and shape just right so I can cup it my hand naturally but it was definitely worth the effort. You definitely want to be able to cup the controller fully in your hand! I used some light aluminum to get a pattern then transferred it to the heavier steel. All pieces are rubberized for comfort and warmth while plowing with the window down ... much nicer to hold onto than painted steel in the cold. I used a spray rubber and applied countless coats. Industrial velcro holds the controller itself firmly in place but allows removal when needed. I got the stick on pieces from a buddy that works in a body shop.
    The controller itself is very intuitive and easy to use ... this setup makes it absolutely perfect for me. One quirk ... the raise/lower toggle is opposite to the joystick I had used for the past decade so I need to re-train my subconcience ... I keep raising the blade when I mean to lower it and vice versa ... lol. Amazing how stubborn your mind is.
    Lovin' the Boss VXT so far. :cool:
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2010
  8. wisplowboy

    wisplowboy Junior Member
    from NW, WI
    Messages: 2

    Or you could switch the wires around so it works the way you are used to. Just a thought.
     
  9. Mopard

    Mopard Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    You're right, it woulda been easier than retraining my brain but I pretty much have it now lol, thanks.
     
  10. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Won't work that way unless you flip the actual rocker over anyway. So don't sweat it now that you're getting used to it. :D
     
  11. Mopard

    Mopard Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Yeah, after about 100 more hrs use so far this season it's pretty much automatic ... if I changed it back now I'd be all messed up again.