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Windshield ice build up

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ratherbfishin, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. ratherbfishin

    ratherbfishin Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    The past storm here was brutal with ice build up on windshield. It was very cold with lots of snow. I do not want to deal with the every 10 minute windshield clean again! 2 trucks....2011 and 2013 so no defroster issues! My thoughts are these...

    1. Heated wipers...skeptical and not thrilled about using there specific blades and more electrical system strain

    2. heated fluid...again, taxing electrical system.

    3. Snow foils...not a total fix especially with the power snow

    4. copper tube from fluid reservoir wrapped around radiator hose...I like this idea;not sure if extra hose will impact fluid flow.

    Any thoughts???
  2. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 701

    I just blast it on defrost and crack the windows to keep from roasting. Works pretty good.
  3. JohnRoscoe

    JohnRoscoe Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    5. Crank your defroster temp and fan to high, then crack the windows.

    Clear windshield > operator comfort.
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    X3 adjust windows as approate.
  5. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    X4. Mine is usually down most of the way. I will say that the heated washer fluid in my new truck is pretty sweet. Never knew I needed it.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Buddy of mine would keep the truck cool inside this way the snow wouldn't melt and freeze to the window.
  7. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Old boss did same, floor heat on low, half temp
  8. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 701

    Problem with doing that is that the window has to be clear to begin with - ie: not covered with ice from sitting all night, or not have any spray from the road. Plus if you turns the wipers on to clear the snow thst flies up when plowing, it's still going to smear the windshield a bit.
  9. ratherbfishin

    ratherbfishin Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    Defroster stays on full...windshield/wipers ice up to the point of not being able to see. Many complaints from operators during this storm. Like I said, it was very cold with lots and lots of powder fine snow.
    Funny,my wife suggested no heat at all...just doesn't work!
  10. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,417

    MY heats always a full blast I never had issues...
  11. ratherbfishin

    ratherbfishin Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    This was the first time I had any serious issues. Both my trucks and many other operators I talked to. Extreme cold, powder snow, 2-4" hr.all contributing factors.
    I did 30 or so hrs. Straight so the smallest issues at that point became huge!
  12. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,091

    This storm seemed really bad for icing wipers. Seemed like I had to stop and clean them every 10 minutes.
  13. mackclmodel

    mackclmodel Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Get winter wipers and rain-x the wiper cover and edge, Works Wicked Pissah
  14. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    Same happened on my 2014. Nightmare. When its 3am and 5" per hour, 12 degrees it starts piling up. I ahd the defrost as hot as it will go. Im considering heated wipers if anyone has a brand they recommend
  15. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    I'd rather go fishing and not worry about the ice buildup! What kind of fishing do you do?
  16. Grantski

    Grantski Member
    from 06475
    Messages: 31

    Thats the main reason i had to stop working overnight this last storm...besides the fact it was my first storm ever plowing lol. I went out for one round @ midnight but all it took was a few minutes w the window down or door open and truck interior was wet = more freezing/fog on the windows. it was literally ZERO visibility at times. Not worth it for my small startup of only 15 accts. It made for a terrible day of pushing 18"+ and alot of getting jammed up... but for under $1k id rather show up once and have it be a ***** - then not show up at all cuz im crashed or worse.
  17. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    It happens to me a few times a salon,I just keep plowing and give the driver side a flick now and then
  18. Teflondon

    Teflondon Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I had so much ice build up that my passenger wiper arm actually popped off and landed on my hood. So I was plowing with it in my cab for a while thawing it out. I chipped out the ice before I could put it back on. What a pain.
  19. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    In my old truck i had spare blades on the floor heating up and swapped them. Not fun. I dont want to get out
  20. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    Mine are always yellow.

    I stand on the bumper and pee on the windshield