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V plow controls

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by farmallkid48, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. farmallkid48

    farmallkid48 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I'm just wondering if when using a V-plow, can you move each "wing" independently? or does it just straight blade/V back and frontwards if you will? never used a V-plow thinking on getting one when we find a new truck...

    thanks for the help

    Johnny
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Yes you can. You can move each wing into different positions. Once you go v you don't go back.
     
  3. farmallkid48

    farmallkid48 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    ok, thanks, we were pricing out plows for a 350 at a local dealer, the 8' V was 5600 installed and the straight plow with trip edge was like 4800, so we were thinking of just going with the V for the price... just wondering about the controls, only seen the joystick and whatnont in pictures, i do know they would be really useful for a couple of my driveways...

    Thanks

    Johnny
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I like the hand held controller myself.
     
  5. farmallkid48

    farmallkid48 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    is that the small one with push type buttons? not sure what we'll get for a plow anyways, depends on what we pay for a truck...

    Johnny
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
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  7. Bolt-1

    Bolt-1 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Or this. Both are great. I mean its Boss :salute:
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  8. farmallkid48

    farmallkid48 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    ok, thanks, that's what i thought it looked like...

    Johnny
     
  9. old skool

    old skool Senior Member
    from NW IL
    Messages: 167

    Bought my first V last winter... My dealer told me it would take a time or two out to get used to the controller... He was wrong!... Only took a lot or two!

    I also got the hand controller...biggest thing was getting a comfortable mounting position for it. After using the V for a full year there is NO WAY I'd ever go back!
     
  10. Deckscapes

    Deckscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    I took the handle off my v-blade controller and mounted it to the bottom of a glass turned upside down in my cupholder. I can run the controller with 2 fingers now instead of my thumb....Love it
     
  11. old skool

    old skool Senior Member
    from NW IL
    Messages: 167

    At first I didnt like the hand held. Holding it with the attached strap around my hand, made reaching the top two buttons difficult.

    Heres how I ended up "mounting' mine..
    I hang it on the shift lever. I secure the controller by attaching a seperate velcro strap that is wrapped just below the shift lever.

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    I run the controller by palming it with the shift lever. works great! And it will hang there all day. When Im done plowing for the day, I just mount it back on the dash 'button' that came with it.


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    Last edited: Dec 23, 2009
  12. nate456789

    nate456789 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 194

    So far I like mine the best of all the examples on the site.:nod:
    It is always at my finger tips.
    I don't have to fumble for it and I can't see holding it all night.
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  13. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    i just finished the install of my first Boss V a week or so ago . i ordered it with the touch pad . but after playing with it for a day i orderd the joystick and just got it mounted yesterday ..and can't imagine anything nicer to work with. i'll keep the touchpad as a backup. i realize i'm in the minority but IMO the joystick is cool,
    steve
     
  14. old skool

    old skool Senior Member
    from NW IL
    Messages: 167

    Thats the beauty of forums like this... everyone has their own preference. Someone can take a look at a lot of different control and mounting options to see what might be best for them!

    as for me... I'm sticking with my shift lever mounted, hand-held controller. Doesnt seem to get any easier than controlling the plow AND shifting without removing your hand.
     
  15. farmallkid48

    farmallkid48 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Wow, those are some great ideas, i like the idea of puttin on the shifter... definetly something to think about the auto shifter is a good idea too, but i hate resting my hand up there.... might take some getting used to, still not sure what kind of truck we're getting besides a for hopefully with a 7.3

    Johnny
     
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

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  17. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
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  18. old skool

    old skool Senior Member
    from NW IL
    Messages: 167

    Johnny,
    I dont keep my hand on the shifter all the time, but think about it, every time you push into a pile of snow you are lifting the plow at the same time you're shifting into reverse. . After you back up you have to shift from Rev to Forward, dropping the plow at the same time. Your hand has to be on the shifter anyway!

    I've been plowing for over 30 years and have had many different truck and plow combos...All my other controls were mounted on the left side so I could run the plow with the left hand and shift with the right. This is the first time I've ever had the controls on the right. I like it the best of any of them. Plus, it cost a half a buck and takes a minute to install, so your not out much money or time if it doesnt work.

    All of the ideas are good! I think the main thing is to get in a "groove/pattern" when shifting and controlling the plow that works best for you.
     
  19. old skool

    old skool Senior Member
    from NW IL
    Messages: 167

    I went back and looked at Grandviews video... I tried that last winter, my shifter was harder to work around my steering wheel...you definately make it look easy...like I was saying ...get in a groove/pattern that works for best you.

    BTW, Steely Dan... Good Stuff! ...I think I was listening to that when I started plowing in the mid 70's!
     
  20. farmallkid48

    farmallkid48 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    yeah, i definitely believe different things work for different people, personally i don't like auto's, been drivin/plowin with standards since I was 15 (only 19) so I'm not saying i'm anywhere near as experienced as most guys on here, if I got a standard I'd like the controls on the shifter, I drive with my left hand only, I have the controls on the left in my 1 ton and not a big fan of that, hard to drive standard and plow with alot of stop and go, i'd much rather have them on my right some place time and experience will tell

    Johnny