Plow Contolls Left or Right

GeoffD

PlowSite.com Veteran
Where do you guys have your plow controlls on the left or right.

Most of our small trucks have them on the right. However some guys are now putting them on the left, because they say it is much better.

Our big trucks have all the controlls of the left because there are so many controlls to run.

Anyways where do you guys like um?

Geoff
 

OBRYANMAINT

PlowSite.com Veteran
Location
ohio
all mine are on the left- most screwed to middle of dash, my latest install has it actually on the door at the end of the arm rest....wired it all through the door......no wires show at all and a very clean finished look
 

digger242j

Senior Member
Location
Southwestern Pa.
(Grrr...I hate that! I typed a three paragraph reply, preveiwed it and by the time I went back and forth fixing all my two fingered typing errors the page had "expired"...Oh well. I'll do it again.)

The truck I usually use has the Meyer touch pad laying on the seat beside the driver, held in place with some velcro. After I shift all I have to do is let my arm drop to my side and rest there--plow controls at my fingertips. The others have the controls dash mounted to the left of the steering wheel. I don't like that as well--you're always reaching out. That door mounted setup sounds *real* slick.

As I posted in the "first plow rigs" thread, on my old 79 GMC 4-speed I mounted the toggles right to the gearshift. I could work the plow with just my thumb while I almost never took my hand off the shifter. When I moved that plow setup to a truck with an automatic I mounted the same switches to the transfer case shifter. It's workable, but not as comfortable as any of the other setups.

For what it's worth, I have an International 1750 single axle dump which was once a PennDOT truck. The 11 foot plow came with it, but it's in bad shape and I've never even mounted it. It has a central hydraulic system. The dump, and plow controls are floor mounted between the driver and passenger seats. Not bad for a ten mile stretch of highway I guess, but I'll bet it would be a bear to plow a parking lot with.
 

Big Todd

Senior Member
The truck I plowed with for the last 4 years was a stick. I installed a Hurst shifter in it, then mounted my Western "joystck" control right on the shifter so I could control the plow with my thumb while shifting gears.

My new truck is an auto, so I have the controller mounted on the left, just within reach of my left fingers. I have big enough hands so that I can move the gearshift with my right hand without taking it iff the steering wheel.

My brother made up a cool mount for his where he attaches it to his left leg using a big velcro strap. He adjusts it so that his hand falls perfectly on it.
 
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GeoffD

PlowSite.com Veteran
I have always had my contolls on the right, up to this year. When I had the cable contolls they were on the right, so when i went to electric i thought that would be the best spot.

Well this year, i got a new truck and new plow. The controlls went to the left this time, and I must say I love the change.

Geoff
 
I too had the western cable control mounted on the
stand on the trans. hump.....My new ultramount I
got the NICE hand held. Wasn't sure where to
mount this one so I told the installer to zip tie
the plug on the right and if I don't like it I can
move it if necessary. Sure wish it would SNOW
so I can find that perfect spot for it !........Geo
 

cat320

2000 Club Member
Location
stoneham,ma
I have mine on the left.I put them there becuase I could shift and steer with my right hand as I angle and lift with the left thought that it was better for speed.
 

sledhead

Member
Location
S.E. Mich.
Left or Right?

I have the Cab-Command hand held unit and have not yet plowed with it.
I have, however, played with it and think i have found its home.
Stuck down between the seat at my right knee. (I know, your thinking why get the hand control if your not going to hold it)
Its right below the the shift lever and just below the level of the center console/ armrest. I figure this will work good for lots where there is long forward and reverse moves. But will propobly hand hold it for drives.
Hard to really say since there is no snow to work it yet.

Merry X-Mas every one.

Sledhead
 

HandyHaver

Senior Member
Location
Phila, Burbs
I have the Meyers touch pad and it rides on the right when I'm not plowing. I have a peice of velcro on the left that I move it to when I'm plowing. I like it there when I'm plowing so I can shift & steer with my right while working the plow with my left at the same time.

Hope everybody has a GREAT HOLIDAY!!! And maybe we'll get some of that white stuff soon, for those of us that haven't seen any yet!!!

Mark
 

2 shot

Junior Member
Location
Anoka , Mn.
I run mine on the right , I screwed a small piece
of alum. to the bottom and slid it between the top and
bottom of the console of my truck.


Chad
 

75

PlowSite.com Addict
I use a Monarch rocker-switch controller, I built a pedestal from 2x2x.125 HSS (2" square tube, 1/8" wall) that bolts to the transmission hump. Also have a phone holder mounted to it.

Since I HATE reaching for controls, this puts them right at my fingertips. :)
 

Ohiosnow

Senior Member
Location
Ohio
New Boss

hand controler fits in the slot of the door closer & lays flat not blocking any power switchs. And is the perfect height just rest your arm on the arm rest & push the buttons. All I need now is SNOW!;)
 

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