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sno-way remote control

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by gump, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. gump

    gump Member
    Messages: 43

    Anyone have the remote for the sno-way? We have 2 snoways with the remotes, both are brand new plows. The one has been back to the dealer twice for the brain box going bad. This is not good when your out plowing and you have to call it a night and loose out on money because your controls quit working. The question I have is does anyone have similar problem's? also the remote seems to hesitate on both of the plow's, sometimes I have to stop just to give it time to respond, very frustrating. Any idea's.

    Thank's "Gump"
     
  2. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    I always keep a spare remote for insurance. Fresh batterys make a huge difference in plow response time. make sure the contacts inside the remote are clean and pull the pump cover off to inspect the receiver itself, you could have some leaves or paper,trash etc obstructing the receiving unit. If these tips dont resolve the problems talk to basher.
     
  3. RYDER

    RYDER Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Sometimes I have to hold the remote above the dash board before the plow will respond.
     
  4. mnormington

    mnormington Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    I was having some problems where the remote would just freeze so I couldn't do anything with the plow. I found that this was happening because the batteries are not totally secure in the battery box and they would momentarily lose contact if jostled. I would then have to remove the batteries and put them back in to reset the remote.

    The first time this happened where I lost control was right in the middle of the street with down pressure activated. I couldn't move basically. Well, I did a lot of cussing cuz i didn't even have a screwdriver handy. Had to disconnect the power cable from the plow to get it to float so I could get out of the street and figure out how to deal with it.

    I fixed this problem by putting some foam tape on the battery cover to keep the batteries from moving around in there. I have had exactly zero problems with the remote since.
     
  5. MOWBIZZ

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    No problems so far...SnoWay 29 series...plowed about 100 driveways so far and changed the batteries once...probably change them before next plowing...:rolleyes:
     
  6. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    My remotes have been very reliable. Unfortunatley i left one on the front bumper of my cabover one day. That unit is somewhere along route 123 :realmad:
     
  7. gump

    gump Member
    Messages: 43

    The plows are brand new so everything is clean. I like the remote option, but its definitly slower than the hard wired. The biggest issue is that one of the plow's brain boxx has fried the last two snowfalls for no apparent reason. The plow is only a month old, has been to the dealer twice for this problem and they don't seem to have a reason for the brain boxx dying. Has anyone had a problem with the brain box on the sno-way? The dealer tested everything and said everything is good, so what would cause this on a brand new plow? I mean I could see maybe the rare chance of it happening once, but twice! Just doesn't seem right . If it happens again we are done with sno-way. Sad because I heard good thing's about them, but this isn't going to work down time = money loss.
     
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Very strange, do not see this happen. Check the grounds check to see if the pins in the receiver plug and plow harness plug are properly seated.
     
  9. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Could also be a bad coil somewhere. Have your dealer check those as well.
     
  10. Ctll

    Ctll Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 82

    Brain box acting up

    I have seen two different plows act up the way yours are and the problem was found to be the long bolt that holds the brain box in it slots was to getting tightened too tight. one of them had the box to hot to touch and all we did was loosen the bolt and let it cool down. then started working again and have had no more problems with it in the two years since. The first one had to be replaced and the bolt was left almost loose and it has also never had a problem since. we found that just tight enough to touch th box is tight enough no more. Hope that helps.
     
  11. gump

    gump Member
    Messages: 43

    Was the bolt being to tight crack the case? What caused it to overheat? Another question is when we run in the same vacinity, the remotes run both plow's. The dealer said the remotes should be indipendent to the plow you are running, but I can run his plow and he can run mine kinda crazy I think. any suggjestions.

    Thank's "Gump"
     
  12. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I have had a few problems with the movement "studdering" so to speak......I have not checked anything out yet.......
     
  13. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Take those two plows to a dealer, talk to snoway, they should help with that problem. It is a serious issue a blade dropping at the wrong time can be deadly
     
  14. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    I would agree this needs to be addressed ASAP.

    Take the plows back to the dealer and make sure that when they are coding your plow, your buddies plow is off. It should take them 5 minutes to get this corrected for you. Right now they are transmitting at the same frequency which as basher stated is not a good thing.
     
  15. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    OK my fluid was low.............now I just have to wait for my truck to get home and I can test it out......
     
  16. vwovw

    vwovw Senior Member
    Messages: 190

    x2........
     
  17. nbenallo33

    nbenallo33 Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    what about radio towers they seem to interfere with the wireless remotes but i never see them go bad due to the radio towers
     
  18. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    What color are the coils on your pump? Red, Black, Blue, or mixed? you could have a bad coil frying a switch in the control. Is it the same single function failing or a complete failure? If you have a mix of Black and Blue coils get your dealer to replace all your black coils with blue ones. They will cover it under warranty, have him call Tech if there's any questions.
     
  19. Pearcelawn

    Pearcelawn Senior Member
    Messages: 368


    Wi-Fi does it for sure. I am running a wired controller now cause of that.
     
  20. gump

    gump Member
    Messages: 43

    Not sure about the wire colors, ill have to check. Well not complete faliure, the one night the plow malfuctioned all night, first it would work then it wouldn't. Just so happend we ran into a guy who deals in snoway, took it to his shop and he said he thinks it's the brain boxx , wich he said is very uncommon. Well took it to the dealer and it was the brain boxx, he also said he had never heard of this problem, it was a first for him. Well the very next snow fall (last wedsday) the plow would not lift, so we lifted it up manualy and put the bracket deal that comes with it. Took back to dealer and he was dumb founded, they tested the whole work's say everthing is good and has no idea what is causing it because everthing test out fine. The plow on my truck work's great except for the slower response wich may just be the fact that its wireless, I can live with that, but not having to take the other one back to the dealer everytime we use it,espeacally with half a night left of plowing . Don't get me wrong I love the sno-way design but there has to be an answer other than, well just bring it back in again.


    Thank's "Gump"