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heated wipers??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Landscapes8988, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Landscapes8988

    Landscapes8988 Senior Member
    Messages: 106

  2. secret_weapon

    secret_weapon Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    neat idea, but wow, pricey! $45-55 just for refills.
    How about heated washer fluid? Get washer hose, wrap around a heater hose a few times. $10 if that. Just an idea I was thinking about this winter. I know of some import cars that have heated washer jets.
     
  3. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    i use them. work great keeps the wipers from freezing up unless its a blizzard with lots of blowing snow.. also keeps the cowl vents in front of the hood from having massive buildups of snow if you let them sit on there for a while over all work great and im very pleased with my set
     
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,913

    That's funny, I thought during a blizzard is when they work best.

    They flat out suck when the roads are wet or light rain.
     
  5. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    tried them and they are worthless also tried the heat strip you put on the windshield under wipers that also was worthless tried running heat tape off an inverter - junk anybody comes up with something that helps keep icebuild up done let me know
     
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Never use them
    Love my heated mirrors tho.
     
  7. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    My 2008 HD2500 LTZ has heated washer fluid... it's killer!! You go through alot more washer fluid, but I could care less... I never got out of my truck once last winter to bang the ice off my wipers. :nod:
     
  8. Bill Rowe

    Bill Rowe Member
    Messages: 58

    What about these?
    Never seen them in use, but who knows? Anyone use em?
    www.wipershaker.com
     
  9. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    well im using the Heat Flexx ones which are a little different than the ones on the link, what would happen with mine in the extreme blowing snow was the top end of the wiper blade would freeze over and it would stay there untill you got out to bang them off. I agree they are horrible in the rain which is why i removed mine for the summer
    Also keep in mind im plowing roads so blowing snow coming over the plow is always a factor
     
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,913

    Gotcha, that makes sense.

    Thanks for the explanation.
     
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    That shaker deal looks pretty cool. I'll have to call the Ford (oh the horror) garage tomorrow and get pricing.
     
  12. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Hey did you ever get a price on these?
     
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    No, I didn't. Completely forgot.
     
  14. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    no problem. was just curious.
     
  15. Matts Kitty

    Matts Kitty Junior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 20

    I like the idea of the heat flex wipers for my fords. If nothing else you won't have to dig in the snow for them when the wiper assembly pops off as the wire would tie it to the truck. hehe
     
  16. LUCKY 7

    LUCKY 7 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    This might sound strange but, what I've found to work the best when under normal conditions is to not use the defroster at all. I keep the windshield as cold as possible- any snow that hits just blows right off. I blow the heat to the floor and sometimes even put a towel over the dash to make sure no heat gets to the glass- WORKS GREAT! I used to fight with the ice but not anymore. I'm not saying this works in every situation but it's made a huge difference for me.
     
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    That's an interesting idea, certainly worth trying. I'm guessing it works best when it's very cold, and dry powder snow?
     
  18. LUCKY 7

    LUCKY 7 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    That is when it works best. Depending on what you consider very cold- as long as it's not warm enough for the snow to be totally wet, it works. It still stays warm in the truck so it's not like you're freezing either.
     
  19. JKMATHIEU

    JKMATHIEU Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Mine too! Best feature ever!
     
  20. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    I could see it working with the dry snow. Unfortunately, we get primarily wet, heavy snow here, so rarely would that work. Thanks for the suggestion though!