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Heated wipers

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by LHL Inc., Dec 30, 2010.

  1. LHL Inc.

    LHL Inc. Member
    Messages: 92

    Curious if anyone has tried heated wipers for pickups, loaders, etc. If so do they work and what kind would you get, been looking at the everblade with the heated frames as well as the wipers. thx!!
     
  2. Ford Guy

    Ford Guy Member
    Messages: 39

    i've got heated wiper blades from everblade, i'd never plow without them now
     
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    I have them also, they work well when it's snowing and you have them turned on. The rest of the time the rubber is to hard and they leave big patches of uncleaned area on my windshield.
     
  4. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Everblades. Don't know about JD Dave up there, but mine are wonderful even when not frozen. If I do get a little ice, just flip the switch for a couple seconds and magic happens.
     
  5. LHL Inc.

    LHL Inc. Member
    Messages: 92

    Nice! thx for the advice, sick of getting out and slamming the wipers on the windshield:mad: better order a pair. Do they make them for loaders?? i was on the everblade website and never saw the application.. Or can you just get the right length wiper and put it on??
     
  6. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

  7. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    I believe they do. You can always get your length and make a call about it.
     
  8. deereequipment

    deereequipment Member
    Messages: 90

    I have run heated wipers for almost 10 years.
    Now, I have them on loader, skid steer, and all my trucks.
    If you have a 24 volt machine, you have to state that, but they will work there too
     
  9. Dr Who

    Dr Who Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    They make heated wiper blades?
     
  10. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I was talking to them years ago about a set but never went there- I run the Bosch all in one blades now- single bean not flex frame and they work great- when they start to freeze a quick blade drop through the driver window fixes it. I am thinking about putting a heat wire on the windshield at the park position tho- like defroster grid type to keep the build up down.

    heard lots of good things about the heated wipers, just have not found it necessary any more.
     
  11. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Having run both heated wipers and the heat strip, my opinion is that the heated wipers do a much better job. I'm sure having them both together would be even better though!
     
  12. deereequipment

    deereequipment Member
    Messages: 90

  13. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    Those look pretty sweet. Does anyone know what kind of amps the Everblades pull? I'm wondering if I could use one of my upfitter switches in my F350. Unfortunately I only have one 5 amp switch left that's not in use, so if they pull more than 5 amps, I'd have to find a place to mount the switch.

    I see MSS Mow uses Heat flexx blades. They're significantly cheaper at about 1/2 the price of Everblades. I watched the video on their site and I'm a little concerned as it seams the blades are "floppy" and don't have any rigidity like a frame style wiper would. I also am a little skeptical of the thermostat, as it's one more thing to fail. With the Everblades I could turn them on and off as I'd like, and they wouldn't be heating when they're not needed.
     
  14. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    OC&D, if the current draw is over 5 amps, use a relay to up the available current output. The outfitter switch will act as the trigger for the new relay.
     
  15. bighornjd

    bighornjd Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    That's the biggest complaint I've heard with them. Apparently within the last year they have switched to a silicone blade compound that is supposed to be better. I hope so. I just ordered a pair for my dump truck so we shall see next snow once I get them on. Last storm we had a lot of blowing snow and I had to get out countless times to bang the wipers clean. Can't reach them out the window too easy like I could with the pickup, so I'm hoping they work well. Got the heated frames as well, seems they wouldn't be worth it without them.
     
  16. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    Ha! *facepalm*

    Good idea. Problem solved. I think I'm going to order a set.
     
  17. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    I need to get a set ordered as well. -30C last week and my wipers were icicles in seconds.
     
  18. deereequipment

    deereequipment Member
    Messages: 90

    call everblades and ask them, but I thought they told me they draw 5 amps.
    Best to call them to make sure
     
  19. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    They come with a 30 amp switch, that's all I know.
     
  20. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Yeah, the new silicone they have is amazing. I just bought them in October so I can't relate to what JD Dave is talking about. Works really amazing in either snow or rain, much better than my crappy Napa Winter wipers. If they do freeze, flick the switch for 5 min or so and watch it melt.