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Hand held vs. joystick plow controller...

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mkwl, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    I'm looking at a Fisher plow close to my home upstate, it is a 2004 model MMII with all wiring and mounts and installation for $2900- good deal? It comes with a joystick controller... Now- in your opinion, what are the benefits of a hand held controller versus a joystick controller. Also- if I have him install it with the joystick controller it comes with, can I just get a fishstick in the future and plug it into the same plug as the joystick?

  2. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,829

    That sounds like a good price Matt. I have heard mixed things about the handheld. I heard people don't like them because you constantly have to hold it. I don't know but thats what i heard. I figured you don't have to be hunched over with the joy stick, i figured it would be more comfortable. The truck that i am buying has the joy stick, but i think i am going to buy the hand held. Good luck
  3. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    hand held imo because i can use my right hand to shift and hold the controller and i can raise the plow while i shift where as a joystick you are constantly moving your hand from the joystick to the shifter.
  4. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    I am assuming the controllers are pretty much the same for fisher and boss. I have tried both (boss) and love the joy stick. I have a small bracket on the side of the controller that allows it to hang on the door in that groove where the window is. I can shift with my right hand and control the plow with my left, now if I only had one more hand to count my money payup
  5. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Fishstik for Driveways. Joystick for Roadways. Yes they run off the same plug.
  6. #1 plowtech

    #1 plowtech Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    If you enjoy holding something in your hand,pushing buttons,not wrapping the coiled cord around something,"ALL DAY/NIGHT LONG", the the handheld is your ticket.
    You could mount the handheld but whats the point.

    Be creative and mount the joystick in a comfortable position.
    The joystick is nice because you don't have to use just your THUMB.
    Goodluck, Plowtech:waving:
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Our Boss's have joysticks, tried the hand held but it was a PITA.
  8. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    I have a boss and used the handheld last year and while it was ok i didnt really like it. I bought the joystick and hopefully ill like it better. Im used to to a joystick since that what my dad has and ive used them a bunch in the past years. I mounted my joystick in between the cupholder and the seat on my 03 F-250. its perfect because I can rest my elbow on the armrest and the joystick lands right in the middle of my palm.
  9. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Joystick over handheld any day. I found myself constantly looking at the handheld.
  10. ght1098

    ght1098 Member
    Messages: 86

    I prefer the hand held. As stated earlier I can hold it and shift the truck with my right hand and steer with the left.
  11. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Joystick all the way for me......and yes they have the same plug
  12. M&A Property Maintenance

    M&A Property Maintenance Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    IMHO Fishstick all day long!! Much easier to steer and shift, and you are not hunched over all night long.
  13. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    I like the joystick much better. Primarily because it's in a fixed location, I can reach down to operate it because I know exactly where it is, which way to move the joystick etc. The handheld controller just got in my way.
  14. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    Yes they use the same plug.
    I put the "Fishstik" in my truck and it stayed in the dash mount bracket all the time - except for the time I pulled it out the window to locate a hydraulic leak (once in 11 years).
    I don't know why I wasted the money.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2007