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Joy Stick VS. Hand Held

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mercer_me, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I know this has bean covered many times, but I just droped off my new Toyota Tundra today to get a 7.5' Fisher put on it. I talked to alot of freinds that have hand held controlers and the talked me in to getting on. I have allways had joy sticks. So did I make a good decision or a bad decision?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Yes you did.
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I like my Fish Stik OK. Did you get the HT?
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I like Joysticks better.
  5. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    I tryed the handheld and just couldnt get comfortable with it so switched back to the joystick but it sure looked cool all lit up on the seat!
  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    No, I got the SD the dealer said the SD is alot more heavy duty than the HT. He didn't want to put a HD on it, but he said the SD would hold up fine.
  7. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    joystick also
  8. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    handheld takes time to get used to but after a few storms i loved it.
  9. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    hand held

    I have the hand held and love it. I've used a joy stick and found the hand held easier. I guess it depends on what your used to.
  10. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Joystick mounted on the gearshift
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    you made a good decision.
  12. cubanb343

    cubanb343 Senior Member
    from ERIE
    Messages: 637

    I doubt you will ever go back to the joystick.
  13. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    My "new" truck is my first with a FishStik. I had three previous vehicles with plows, all Fishers, all joysticks. It has taken some getting used to, but I kinda like it.

    I would like to find someplace to stash it when it's not being used, other than the cup holder in front of the seat. The way it's shaped, it would be kind of a PITA to Velcro it to something. Likewise, I don't think the shape of it would really work for strapping it to my leg, a setup Boss has for some of their controllers. Plus, I'd probably forget to unstrap it, go to hop out of the truck, and get yanked right back in by the coil cord. :eek:
  14. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    i just lie it on my leg when plowing
  15. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    I've used both, and love the handhelds. I keep it in my hand while plowing, and I can shift with it in my hand, while hitting the raise/lower button, and steering all at the same time.
  16. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    handheld for sure
  17. tinffx

    tinffx Member
    Messages: 68

    touchpad handheld always in my shifting hand. Never done it any other way - but I do like the ones with the raised buttons over the membranes
  18. jhook

    jhook Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I just can't see why I would want to hold something in my hand when I am plowing. MAYBE if it was wireless, but I keep getting all tangled with the the handheld. Been fine since I screwed it to the dash.

    Best system I have is all of my Blizzards got the touchpad. I use velcro, stick it on my leg. Easy to run, let's me use more than one button at a time and doesn't go anywhere. All my guys like it that way too.
  19. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    Whats a joystick again?

    I first used a FishStick about 3 years ago now.....I'll never go back. My knee thanks me for it as well.
  20. palmtree907

    palmtree907 Member
    Messages: 69

    Blizzard with a Joystick. I now have a snow way with the wireless thumbstick and it's marginal at best. Hate the controllers that are push buttons.