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Blizzard Controllers

Discussion in 'Blizzard Plows Discussion' started by fastjohnny, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Several have asked me about alternatives to the shoebox PH1 blizzard controllers. I don't claim to have originated this concept, Jerre has done this long before me, and I have seen others with a similar concept.

    I have used these controllers exclusively in my fleet of blizzard 810s for the last 8 years, with great success.

    I use (on)off(on) toggles, same as used on the power hitch switch, much easier to use than rocker switches for the wing controls.

    I use an additional momentary toggle for power downpressure. No extra wires are utilized, the stock harness is capable of supporting downpressure function, with no added plugs to connect/disconnect when mounting or unmounting the plow.

    A slick stick runs normal right/left up/down function.

    A pair of rockers for vehicle/plow light function, and power to plow or truck side controls round out the switches.

    You couldn't pay me enough to use a shoebox control.....ussmileyflag

  2. bliz&hinikerDLR

    bliz&hinikerDLR Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Looks very functional. Thumbs Up Probably much less tiring on your fingers. Could use a little more sex appeal though. :drinkup Your next mission, add a both extend/retract function to your control.

    How do you retain your draw latch to support the DP function?
  3. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    pinned to push beam on truck via a couple extra pieces of steel welded on the draw latch.

    The wing switches work forward and backward so I can operate both at the same time forward is out back is in. Don't care much to be sexy, just functional!
  4. Jerre Heyer

    Jerre Heyer Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    We made door mounts for the super duties also with this concept. The slick stick is a very functional and reasonable cost replacement switch. We've rewired them in the shoe boxes also.
  5. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    We run these....

  6. razr777

    razr777 Senior Member
    from JERSEY
    Messages: 102

    This is what we run and with the new design work's great never failed and don't get cramped up after 10 hrs. lol.
  7. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Right on!

    We've had them in both trucks now for three seasons, I'd never go back to a "shoebox".
  8. razr777

    razr777 Senior Member
    from JERSEY
    Messages: 102

    Hey i don't knock the box it has good and bad but the hand held is nice to i switch back and forth always good to have a backup.
  9. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Whats the problem with the "shoebox"? I don't think it's hard to use at all.
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Agreed, I love them.
  11. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    by shoebox I assume you mean the original stock controller box that you velcro around the console? if thats the case, its all I know and have no problems with using them. I would almost be hesitant to switch to anything else. Although I wouldn't mind trying that handheld controller for fun.
  12. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Could you provide any wiring details? I'm assuming the joystick isn't plug-n-play. Are there diodes or anything to convert to the slik stik?

    I've got a straight blade that I'd like to mount on my tractor, and would like to just mount a slik stik on the dash.
  13. SNO-PRO

    SNO-PRO Member
    Messages: 66

    Snowguy73 where did you get that controller from?
  14. cl733

    cl733 Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 263

    I second that ,does anyone know who makes that controller, or even where one could get that joystick in the first post
  15. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Stonebrooke in Burnsville, MN.
  16. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Nothing wrong with the shoebox, the handheld is just better fit for us. You can drive, shift, do whatever and control the blade all st once. I do a on of that especially while back dragging.
  17. razr777

    razr777 Senior Member
    from JERSEY
    Messages: 102

  18. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870