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heated wiper blades

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by bcx400, Dec 15, 2003.

  1. bcx400

    bcx400 Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 10

    'call me crazy....but, heated wiper blades make NO sense. Wiper blades move too fast to remove ice.....duh. go to napa and buy yourself a good set of winter blades that have a rubber boot covering the whole mechanism. You can't re-invent the mousetrap.'

    I would like to know how the heated blades work for you-cpss.

    RE: last thread
    I think the heated wiper blades are NOT designed to remove ice from the windshield (your defroster will do that) but rather keep the blades from icing. It sucks to plow and have your windshield smeared with ice stuck to the wiper blades.
  2. wolfmanah

    wolfmanah Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    we had them on 3 buses. We took them * off and put the standard ones on after 2 weeks into the winter.

    They worked great for keeping the ice and snow from sticking, but what happens is the rubber gets hot and the blades just kinda flop over and won't clear your windshield at all. Its an option that is a waste of money.

    Buy some rainX, that helps the wipers clear better. And it also helps prevent the ice from sticking to your windshield.
  3. J HIsch

    J HIsch Member
    Messages: 66

    Ice On Wipers

    The easiest solution i have found is a can of deicer. .99 cents spray it on the wiper blades and go plowing. when they start to ice again mist them again... the cheapest best way to keep the wiper blades clean.
  4. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    The standard Winter blades have always worked well for me. I put them on in the winter and take them off again in the summer.


    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    spend 20+hrs plowing in freezing rain nothing
    worst that having to break the ice buildup
    of the blades or you have the defrost on so hot that your sweating just to keep the wipers from freezing
  6. roblandscape

    roblandscape Senior Member
    from Phila
    Messages: 185

    I am always slapping my wipers on my windshield to get the ice off, I think I am going to buy a can of de-icer, good idea:nod:

    PROPJCKEY Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    like I said "you can't re-invent the mousetrap!"

    Simple is ALWAYS better
  8. Rappa

    Rappa Member
    Messages: 84

    I have never seen these heated wiper blades? Does anyone have any info on them or maybe a website that I can look at to read up on these? It sounds like a great idea... theoretically or on paper that is...
  9. pelt35

    pelt35 Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    heated blades

    Hi , go to the web site blizzardblades.com they have them for all applications, I had a pair on my 2000 ford F-250 for 4 years they work well and are easy to self-install, Jack
  10. wmsland

    wmsland Junior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 16

    I remember seeing a product a while back that would tie in your windshield washer fluid resivoir with your heater hose to heat up the wiper fluid. It seems to me this might solve the icing problem. I have fond that Rainex washer fluid works pretty well.
  11. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    I have found that general underhood heat makes the washer fluid plenty hot. Still not going to solve an iced/snowed up wiper.

    When it's snowing and blowing and your plowing or driving, ALL non heated wipers will ice up. Rubber coated "winter" type or standard, they all ice up.

    Heated windshield wipers, heated mirrors and heated rear window defroster are all VERY beneficial.
  12. pelt35

    pelt35 Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    website correction

    sorry it is not blizzardblades.com but blizzardblade.com ,drop the last "s" Jack
  13. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    I had a set of heated wiper blades on a 95' Freightliner. I put them on the truck in 95' when it was new. Two weeks later I pulled them off and threw them in the garbage. The heat keeps them from icing up but it also makes the rubber so pliable that they will not wipe the window worth a darn. I have used a can of windshield de-icer ever since. You just roll the window down, reach around and give a little blast - works great. It has been almost 9 years since I tried them so maybe now they are a little better but I doubt it.
  14. jeffwoehrle

    jeffwoehrle Member
    Messages: 56

    How about a separate switch to turn the heated blades on or off when you want? That would seem to solve the soft rubber/poor cleaning problem while still allowing heat when needed.

    Anybody try this method?:confused:
  15. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    Mine were on a switch. Even when turned off they would not wipe rain off the window. When new they were ok but after being heated a few time they turned to junk. They seemed like a blade that was 4 years old but they were only 14 days old. I think I heard that the new ones are thermostatically controlled but up here they would be on 24/7 in the winter:eek: .
    A driver up here that drives for the same trucking company as me was having problems with his windshield icing up in heavy snow. He drives a sloped hood Kenworth (we call them ant-eaters). I told him to have them put a bug deflector on the hood since it solved the problem for another driver at our terminal. He is at a different terminal than me and at that terminal they always have "the better idea". They installed heated wiper blades instead of a bug deflector. Sunday night in Anchorage they got hit with a heavy snow and when he met me he said the blades were junk. Besides the fact that they were iced up even when he would manually scrape the ice off of them they still wouldn't wipe the window very good. I believe today they are installing new Trico winter blades and a bug shield on that truck. He was not a happy camper after 382 miles in a heavy snow storm and I believe that he let them know.:angry:
  16. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Well, here is someones opportunity to capitalize on a much NEEDED product. Heated wiper blades with a proper rubber compound.

    I had no clue that they worked so poorly. Are there other brands that perform better?

    For me, buildup is only a problem when its SNOWING or I'm plowing and the snow is blowing over the plow.

    NOT really a big deal, but for all you guys who go out at the drop of the first flake and are out there until the storms over, it would seem almost mandatory.
  17. kl0an

    kl0an Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    OK, here's a thought from outside of the box.. How about getting some of the rear window defroster wiring and putting it on your front window?? Sure, you'd have those tiny little lines but, at least your window would be frost free. Rear window defroster kits should be available at parts stores I would think..

    Whacha think??

  18. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Those rubber-coated blades always seem to be terrible quality blades, rubber coating or not. What brands of rubber-coated blades are good quality?

    The best blades I've had are the premium Bosch varieties, which all seem to clean the windshield very nicely.

    As far as putting a rear-window-defroster on the front...why not just turn on the heat, with the fan on high, in the windshield-defrost setting? It works nearly sufficiently for me (I occasionally must clear the windshield manually, but that's from large volumes of snow, not frozen-on ice); do other trucks not generate as much temperature/volume as mine (F350 dumper)?

    Actually, I'd rather have translucent ice on my windshield than the big piles of opaque snow I occasionally end up with. Note to self: design better deflector.

    Okay, one more question: How about preventing the washer nozzles from clogging up with freezing rain? On my pickup (GMC full size), after freezing rain or snow or ice, I must spray de-icer into the washer nozzles before they'll spray anything, regardless of what type of washer fluid I have in the resevoir -- the end of the nozzle must be getting washed out with water which then freezes. Any suggestions?
  19. Dogbonz

    Dogbonz Member
    Messages: 96

    Well sir I had this very same idea back in 1989,,,, and thought "If the car Manufactures just did this to every car,,,, concentrate the wires toward the bottom of front windshield,,, It would keep the Parking area of the wipers warm so as not to get the build up of snow that starts the whole process." Then it happened,,, the Chrysler minivans started to do this, then stopped for some reason??
    So short of doing that,,,, try a plow blade deflector, a hood deflector,,, good jiz in the washer jug, good winter blades, and a kickarse heater in that truck,
    crack the windows, crank it up and GitErDone!!!
  20. Duracutter

    Duracutter Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 200


    Doesn't heated washer fluid crack windshields?

    This post seems to be appearing everywhere, like a virus...lol :)