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Heated Hand Grips (among other things)

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by cold_and_tired, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    I did a search but came up with nothing-surprisingly.

    I'm looking at adding some heated hand grips and possibly a thumb warmer as well. Any recommendations as far as brands or styles go? Anything to stay away from?

    Also, this being my first season having an ATV for snow removal, what other things do you guys recommend to add comfort and reliability?

    Thanks
     
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    A cab, heater, weight.
     
  3. hghgrad

    hghgrad Member
    from MI
    Messages: 69

    Some sort of power angle is always nice also.
     
  4. BlueRam2500

    BlueRam2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    Power angle is awesome, no more reaching over the rack to adjust the blade.

    Side note, I don't think you could go wrong with any brand of the heated hand grips. I have seen them on Ebay for $30 bucks I think. Seems worth it, I may add a set to mine next year.
     
  5. irv

    irv Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    ive used moose grip hand warmers and thumb warmers since 02
    w/no problems. not the cheapest but you get what you pay for.
    yes, cab and power angle.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
  6. BlueRam2500

    BlueRam2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    How does the cab attach? That may be my next purchase.
     
  7. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    Irv, what type of plow lights are they? Are they temporary? I am thinking of rigging up a set of Moose plow lights with a 12v ciggarette lighter plug to an alligator type clamp that I can clamp to the front rack and plug into the 12v outlet whenever I plow...
     
  8. irv

    irv Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    they give you u clamps to attach the cab. i put pieces of heater hose
    on my racks to protect them an use 4 hose clamps. easy on and off.
    use a cordless drill. i bought the moose light bracket and 2 peterson
    halogen tractor lamps from farm and fleet. on and off switch in the h/l pod
    and a relay by the battery. there are 2 bullet connectors by the lamps
    for easy off. i wrap the rack w/duct tape so nothing gets scratched.
    i have a honda h/l shtoff switch for the upper h/l and also mount the heated
    grip switch in the pod

    classic makes 2 cabs. this is th bigger of the 2. i had the smaller one before.
    this one has a lot more window area. its a lot taller than you need. but
    there is no in between.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
  9. MtnCowboy

    MtnCowboy Member
    Messages: 96

    If it's a matter of keeping hands warm and throttle thumb from freezing you might look into shell gloves with removable liners, such as REI Switchback gloves, or something similar. They are more expensive than grip warmers but, for me at least, they prevent Frozen Thumb.

    Also, there's something called the Mad Dog Nonslip Thumb Assist Pro that reportedly works well in preventing frozen/soar thumbs. You'll find them online for around $20.
     
  10. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    Irv: Nice. I want an easy on easy off set for plowing only, hence the alligator type clamp that I am going to rig the Moose lights on with the lighter plug end. Squeeze clamp, put on, plug in 12v port, done.
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2011
  11. irv

    irv Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    i think the throttle assist would be nice. do you have one? man, you have
    all the good ideas. thanks jaye

    QUOTE=MtnCowboy;1186545]If it's a matter of keeping hands warm and throttle thumb from freezing you might look into shell gloves with removable liners, such as REI Switchback gloves, or something similar. They are more expensive than grip warmers but, for me at least, they prevent Frozen Thumb.

    Also, there's something called the Mad Dog Nonslip Thumb Assist Pro that reportedly works well in preventing frozen/soar thumbs. You'll find them online for around $20.[/QUOTE]
     
  12. MtnCowboy

    MtnCowboy Member
    Messages: 96

    I have only one good idea and it's not original: "internet search." I don't have a throttle assist but it makes sense and I've seen some good reviews. I now use shell gloves with removable liners so I'm not so much in need of a throttle gismo, although I may get one for "sore thumb syndrome."
     
  13. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    Heated grips can be found at most M/C or ATV stores. I also bought some gauntlets for my guys. They are water proof and cover the end of the bar. The rider slips his hand in the end and can still operate the brakes, throttle, and light switches. Manual plow lift will require removing ones hand from the gauntlet to operate, and electric lift will require some enginuity to get the switch inside the gauntlet.
     
  14. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    I have Arctic Cat heated grips and thumb warmer on my Arctic Cat 500 and they work great. They are wicked warm. I also have an Arctic Cat wind shield on it. I wouldn't want to go with out them.
     
  15. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    after years of freezing my hands off , actually my quad would heat up pretty much at the same time so i just switched to shoveling for a minute to get back to work,

    this year i said screw it and got grips and thumbwarmer, and cleaned out my radiator clogged bad and the dealer never seen it or never looked but all is good now.

    i still need to drill my plastic for the switches but i just hid them under the cowl its easy enough to get to lol

    don't hesitate cold hands suck balls