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Western MVP Joystick Control.. Is it a PITA?

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by Northland, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Northland

    Northland Senior Member
    Messages: 169

    First off I a huge fan of both Western and Boss plows. Both great equipment if you ask me. I am debating between a Western MVP and a Boss V and though I love the idea of the trip edge on the Western as well as some of the other features (pro plus wings as one of em)... Western has come a ways in the last year or two with the MVP I just cant get past the joystick control.

    I am partial to joystick controls.... I love the Boss joystick. The western just looks like a PITA. Not very user friendly. The cab command looks better but for some reason I just like joysticks. Im probably being stupid here. Lemme know what you guys think obout the Western Joysticks.
  2. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    If It were me I would go for the other kind that they offer...I like tha way that you can have It In your right hand while your shifting gears and still work the plow...Go with the one with the red buttons on It.
  3. Greenscape4u.co

    Greenscape4u.co Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I Have a Western V and use the joystick. I have many plows and plowed for many years , this controller by far is the best to use. :salute:
  4. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    another vote for the western joystick.

    Atleast for me, my plowing is way more efficient with a joystick. And time is money.

    With the joystick in your hand you can still shift gears, etc... and youi can adjust the plow at anytime because it's always in your hand and ready to go.
  5. Greenscape4u.co

    Greenscape4u.co Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    hey Mike , how do you have your controller mounted ? I had to use a Boss bracket to mount mine on the window because Western at the time didn't offer one ??
  6. Northland

    Northland Senior Member
    Messages: 169

    Dont have either right now. Im looking at a Boss or an MVP. Kinda leaning towards the Boss though...
  7. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    I guess I'm the odd man out here:waving: ...I bet you guys who like the joyy sticks,like hand controls on a skid steer...For me ...I like the foot controls on a skid steer.
    With the cab command control...after a while you dont have to look at It...something like the joy stick..you just feel the buttons.
    Another thing that you can do Is just get the two controllers...keep one for a spare...then you will know for sure whitch one that you like the best...In any event best of luck this winter with your new V.
  8. Greenscape4u.co

    Greenscape4u.co Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    My Skidder is a New Holland LS 185b two speed with the foot controls , its all I know. Isn't hand controls hard on the obvious ? hands ? fatigue factor over long hours. Daner you gettin snow , calling for 2 - 4 here in Kitchener :waving:
  9. Northland

    Northland Senior Member
    Messages: 169

    I cant stand the hand controls on the the Bobcats... Takes me forever to get used to them.. I hafta re learn them everytime I get in the dang thing... :)
  10. nailerdog

    nailerdog Member
    from WI
    Messages: 57

    I might be in the minority here as well but I sure like the button controler on the flex cord. Easy to get use to and you can keep it in your hand and activate a blade motion while shifting.
  11. Lawnscape89

    Lawnscape89 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    Here's a response I posted to a similar question in Feb 06

    I have a 9.5' Western V that I purchased in Jan '04 and it's mounted on an '02 F450 Crew Dually. What sold me on the plow was the Ultra Mount. I can have in on in about a minute. No kidding. Second, the V cuts my plow time, considerably. I have not had one problem with the plow and would highly recommend it. I did purchase the new controller that just came out this (last) year and makes it a lot easier to maneuver the plow. Instead of pushing buttons twice to Vee or Scoop, they added individual buttons for those actions. Much easier to use! Hope that helps. Good luck in your purchase.

    PS: I mounted the controller to the left of the steering wheel on the dash and it's perfect for manuevering the plow while steering / changing gears. Like others have said, you get used to it pretty quickly and soon you won't even have to look at it to operate it. With the raised buttons, you can tell which button you need for which action. I still love this plow and I recommend Western to anyone who asks.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2006