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New joystick sucks

Discussion in 'Blizzard Plows Discussion' started by sven1277, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    I've been using a pp with the shoebox controller for the previous 10 yrs. LOVED it. I replaced this truck and another and put a new dd 8611lp on them. Both myself and my employee who had been using the shoebox for 4 seasons hate the new joystick controller. I have the hand held controller on a couple of v plows and don't really care for it either. Is it possible to have someone custom build controllers that operate similarly to the old style?
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    Not unless you know someone who knows multiplex electronics.
  3. bliz&hinikerDLR

    bliz&hinikerDLR Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Use the handheld. The joystick is frustrating.
  4. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    so sad....
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,251

    Ain't change great?

    Handhelds suck for those of us who have 2 plows.

    Or have a plow and spreader.

    Controllers should stay in the same place all the time. How dozers, excavators, etc have handheld controllers? They're in the same place all the time so the operator can use muscle memory and not fumble around for it.

    Never understood the concept of a handheld controller for plows.
  6. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    I like the layout of the hand held for my fishers,just wish I didn't have to hold it! :eek:
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,251

    Exactly the point.
  8. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Pictures of joystick please.

    Mark, you should have said 2 plows on one truck...took me a minute to figure that out because I'm slow. :confused::D
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,251

    Yup, should have...I'm a bit tired so I wasn't typing too clearly.

    So the question remains..........where are the manufacturers getting the ideas that we all want handheld controllers for our plows? Or are they just telling us what controllers we want? Or are they just assuming that everyone wants one because of the popularity of video games?
  10. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    It pains me to do this but I have exactly the same view as Mark on this.
  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,251

    I knew you'd come around eventually.............:laughing::laughing::laughing:
  12. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    I agree, it sucks to agree with him when he's right.

    STARSHIP Member
    Messages: 38

    The next generation. Someday it will be controlled by Google Glasses, lol (sort of)
  14. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    I said it before and I will say it one more time. I love my hand held, I can adjust the plow, shift, steer and flip people off all at the same time.
  15. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,251

    Cut me some slack, I'm never right at home.
  16. scottr

    scottr Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    Mark, I agree, a handheld would bother me if I had to use one, have tried a couple in Westerns, no thanks. It would cost a little bit, but I believe you could just get a truck side harness from the older shoe box type and set up a Meyers Slick Stick and a couple of DPDT rockers for the wings. Might have to get the plow side also. I converted mine to my home made controls. Just an Idea.
    Thumbs Up

  17. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    Alright so I have had a second storm to get used to the new controller. I am definitely starting to get used to it. I still have to think about which way up and down is, but doing much better. Like anything else, I'll get used to it. Ugh, change.
  18. cl733

    cl733 Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 263

    Modify your old shoe box and retire the joy stick. I have a brand new joy stick and leave it behind the seat
    I added 3 double throw momentary switches across the front of my shoe box and combined functions on the switches like a left angle and a right bucket,right angle and a left bucket, double bucket and double wings going flat, it works great