Joystick VS Hand held???? (Boss)

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by Indy, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. Indy

    Indy Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    What do ya like and why???

    I have Hand held and I am thinking of switching to Joystick .

    I have a Chevy and stick the handle of the hand held between the seat and the console and run it with my thumb, the joy stick seems like it could be faster and I think I like the idea of a mount on the front of the arm rest OR left handed on the door.

    What your thoughts or experience??

  2. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,755

    Personally I don't like either...

    Always been a favorite of toggle controls myself.

    If I was forced to choose between the handheld or the joystick I'd go with the joystick though. Much more natural and better control IMO.
  3. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,817

    I own both. The plow came with the hand held smart touch and at first I hated it since I was used to my old fisher. SO I ordered a joystick. By time the joystick came in, I was used to the smart touch and now I love it. I'll never go back to the stick. And the Boss stick is VERY cumbersome. I was not able to find any good place to mount it in the truck, its just plain huge. Even the stick is not a finger tip controled stick, you have to wrap your whole darn hand around the thing to get it into float mode. I would definitally go with the smart touch if I was you.

    But at the end of the day, its all about personal preference. I'd go to your dealer and see if they have a joystick you could mess with. That might help you in your decision.

    Good Luck!
  4. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere Addict
    Messages: 1,731

    I like the handheld but I would love the joystick. But I want to keep all my plow trucks the same so its easier to use for my employees.
  5. troy28282

    troy28282 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    I prefer the joystick. Its super simple to use and there is less of a learning curve from someone that hasn't operated a plow, at least a V. Found that with the handhelds if you don't hit the buttons just right you end up moving the plow in a different way than intended. I also like the fact its something stationary and you don't have to hold on to it.
  6. madmaxxxx

    madmaxxxx Member
    Messages: 65

    I bought my V plow with the Smart touch, I hated it, strapped it to my leg to try if that would work, still hated it. I bought a joystick and couldnt beleive how easy it was, loved it. I think it all has to do with what you like. Some will like the smart touch and some will like the joystick.
  7. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer Banned
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,739

    I vote for the joy-stick....
  8. ABES

    ABES Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,321

    The Boss V plows Ive used have the joystick and they work great.The fisher i use has a handheld control (both V plows). I could care less which ones i use they both work fine.
  9. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Addict
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,006

    definately the handheld, IMO.
  10. Hambrick & Co.

    Hambrick & Co. Addict
    Messages: 1,349

    I have the hand held at first I wasnt a huge fan but after a while I got used to it. I have since then taken the handle off of the hand held and mounted to the arm rest. I like this option the best since the controls are exactly where I want them to be. I included a link with pictures of the install and final out come. :drinkup:
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,313

    I like the hand held. I hold it in my right and shift with the left.
  12. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,858

    The Stick is just TO BIG I tryed the hand held..... I ended up Re-working the fisher stick (used the fisher for 20 years) to work with the Boss V. The 4 black dots controle each wing in and out.

  13. Quality SR

    Quality SR Addict
    Messages: 1,832

    I have to agree with the joystick. The handheld is a pain in the butt. I thought i would like it. Sometimes i put it in my lap when backing up or what ever. It always seems to turn and i accidentally hit the left or right button, or the down button. Also when holding it, you have to shift gears, sometimes you hit the buttons again. After a while it is a pain to keep holding. I am thinking about the joystick after the season. I already had enough of it. LOL
  14. joy

    there is a reason they call it --JOY stick

    mounted mine on an old cell-phone floor mount (that dates me)
    btwn the consol and the corner of the seat-- right at the end of the arm rest.

    had a meyer, a western and now (since 99) a Boss-- its a JOY

    tc, KC and Jetta
  15. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,344

    Joystick hands down.
  16. OP

    Indy Senior Member
    Messages: 704


    ...On the joy stick is forward (on the stick down, back is up) for a straight blade???

    Thanks for all the advice and support.:salute:

    I think I might find one and give it a try. (know anybody that has an old one?)

    Mike C
  17. luke_willy84

    luke_willy84 Member
    Messages: 35

    Hand held is much easier...hold in the right hand drive and shift with your left hand. The joy stick is so big and awkward I had no place to sit it in my truck.
  18. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,755

    Yep, on a straight it is.
  19. Kingwinter

    Kingwinter Senior Member
    Messages: 217

    joystick is much much faster if u ask me.
  20. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes Addict
    Messages: 1,110

    i use a handheld because thats what came with my plow but i wouldnt mind trying a joy stick. i wish i could get a longer lead for my hand held and use it in my left hand, i hate reaching over to shift with my left.