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Joystick or Handheld???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Shortstuff, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. Shortstuff

    Shortstuff Member
    Messages: 94

    I'm posting my question here to get experienced replies.

    I just purchased a complete (new) Fisher 8'HD MM2 setup and will be picking it up on Saturday morning. The dealer told me that I could get either the joystick control or the handheld control - my choice - as they are both the same price.

    I have 0 (that's zero) experience plowing snow and have purchased this for my own personal use (non-commercial) and I have a good friend who will 'show me the ropes'. So my question is which controller should I get? The joystick or the handheld?

    Also, I paid $4k for everything including the cutting edge and hydraulic fluid. Is this a good deal? My truck is an '04 Ram 2500 SLT 4x4 QC/SB with the snow-prep package.

    Thanks: Steve
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Handheld :drinkup:
  3. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    We sell probably at least 10-1 handheld over the joystick
  4. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Mount the joystick on the shift lever--- you wont be looking for it while plowing, you wont have to hold it
  6. The mayor

    The mayor Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    I started out on the stick, I can't stand handheld. That being said The next person will say the opposite of me. It comes down to your preferance.:)
  7. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    Handheld joystick! wesport
  8. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Especially for a non-commercial homeowner setup, I'd go handheld. Your usage will be relatively low, why go screwing things into your dashboard and keep hitting your knees on the joystick controller if you have an option to do otherwise.

    I have basically the same setup, but a Minute Mount 1, used to plow my own driveway. I use the handheld controller and had a joystick in my old plow truck. I prefer the handheld.
  9. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Joystick. I have never used a hand held, I like the joystick becouse I can put my left hand on my left knee and use my joystick. My uncle has a hand held and he never takes it off the holder.
  10. J & B Lawncare

    J & B Lawncare Member
    Messages: 88


    My currant truck only is getting put together in a month of so. But my past plowing says it has to ber joystick for me. This will be mounted on the custom armrest I am putting together for this rig. With arm on rest the joystick will be there with switches for all the lightingair horn and salter.
  11. Shortstuff

    Shortstuff Member
    Messages: 94

    Thanks for all the replies. Handheld it is.

  12. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I like the handheld because I can switch hands if I want to. Now that I have the suicide knob, it's steer/wipers with left, shift/run plow with right. I need to rig up a foot switch for my wipers. My left foot is bored, and it would be nice just to hit them without taking my hand off the wheel when you get a surprise up over the blade.

    I think you did fine on the price.
  13. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    I like the hand held units. Nice and easy to use. I think that you got a good price on that setup too.
  14. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I've had both and really don't have a preference. Each has advantages and disadvantages. I think one consideration is that with a handheld, you can disconnect the the cord and controller and store them during the off season. Gives a cleaner look. Personally, I leave mine hooked up all year. The controller fits neatly into a console cup-holder
  15. Easy

    Easy Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I have a joy stick mounted in the window opening in the drivers door, using it with my left hand. It unplugs and can be stored off the truck during the summer.
  16. Skid Mark

    Skid Mark Member
    from ny
    Messages: 81

    handhelds the best why wouldn't you get it?
  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We like our joysticks mounted so we always know where they are. We like to drink coffee, talk on the phone or 2 way and eat while we plow. We have tried handhelds numerous times and they have all went back to the dealer in favour of joysticks. Everyone has different opinions but personally I think handhelds are completely useless. JMO
  18. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    LOL - You crack me up :dizzy:
  19. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Trust me if your a man, you'll like your joystick mounted. :)
  20. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    Thats some funny **** there xysport

    I had a handheld for my western v, it was the old style hated it. Found my self after way to many hours in the truck holding the button down too. Not a good thing.
    I like my shoe boxes now.