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heated wiper blades

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by frndinalowplace, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. frndinalowplace

    frndinalowplace Senior Member
    from 7hills
    Messages: 142

    any one have heated wiper blades? how do they work? how much?
    think its a pretty good don't u
  2. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    Do a search. There were a few posts about this a year or two ago. I think the wiper blades can actually heat up too much, and they get so soft that they don't work well at all. I think it might have been decided to have a timed switch like many rear defrosts that would turn the heat on and then automatically turn them off after a few minutes. Trick would be to figure out the time. If you leave them on just a little too long, it would be too late. the best option would be having a windshield that had a built in defrost in it like rear windows, but did not obstruct the view.

    BOSTONGARDA Junior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 10

    My Land Rover DII has a heated windshield and it is the best. You dont even need to put your defrost fan on. It is part of the cold climate package offered by LR. This would be great if Ford and Chevy could design one.
  4. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    the heated winschield is an option on the subaru forrester, outback, and legacy. it is also an option on the new honda ridgline. my question is why is it not an option on a truck with the plow prep package? which says that we are out in snowy weather for extended periods of time.
  5. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    I wonder if replacing the heated windshields are any more involved. The worst is when it is blowing and the ice build up happens so quick that the wipers don't do a damn thing and you have to hang your head out the window and catch the wiper as it comes by and try to slap it. Then that only does so much, so you have to get out and go at it with the scraper...
  6. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Tractor Trailer's have heatd wipers available- I was just looking for some the other day when I noticed an add from a fleet magazine about 4 years old. The brand I saw was called Hot Dome but I can't find them anywhere on the web.

    If your worried about the wiper getting too soft upgrade to silicone wipers- they are worth it. I have the Triple Edge Silicone- 12 year warranty. At their worst they perform like brand new rubber blades (you know the minor little streaks that evaporate quickly) at their best they are fantastic. I also use the pink wiper fluid with Rainx in it which tends to cause the little streaks anyway. They don;t make silicone winter blades so the frames still ice up- hence the recent search for heated blades.
  7. Letissnow

    Letissnow Junior Member
    Messages: 11

  8. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    An old trick I have seen is running the washer fluid hose to a coil wrapped around the radiator hose (or exhaust pipe depending) then to the nozzles to heat the fluid- alot cheaper than that last link.
  9. gt_racer50

    gt_racer50 Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 484

    Now that's a pretty good idea, and inexpensive also. Cost of a longer hose the way I see it.
  10. curty85

    curty85 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Just me, will the washer hose stand the heat or are you talking about a coil made of soft copper?
  11. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus Member
    Messages: 71

    hey can u really run the fluid through a copper pipe wraped around the manifold?? even a brake line would work......would the heat transfer through the metal and burn the hose?
  12. finnegan

    finnegan Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    no it wont burn cause theres always fluid in the line -always build a mini heat exchanger than you can calibrate it by adding coils or removing them--
  13. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    By the time the fluid reaches the blades in a copper tube, it would be "cool" enough where it wouldn`t burn the blade.