I am a big fan of Artillian and their product they make…..but when I bought the 3rd function diverter valve kit I really didn’t care for the push button they supplied with the kit which is to be zip tied to the loader joystick. It works fine, I just could not seem to get it into a “sweet spot” that was comfortable for me (especially with gloves on) and another challenge is all the bends in the 2032r control lever . So I went searching for a better solution. I have been keeping an eye on Ken’s Bolt on Hooks “In the works page” but nothing has been released yet to my knowledge. I found a company called Scorpion Technologies S Series, X Series, and L Series controls as well as Pendant style grips . They specialize in control grips to add to many types of equipment. I ended up calling them because you can not just order from their website. Not only did they have what I was looking for but you could also add custom buttons to the handle. This was great because I also have a rocker switch mounted on the fender which controls an actuator up/down on my front mounted snow blower for the chute (if you haven’t done this mod, you should). Scorpion was able to add that type of rocker switch into the handle. Now there would be no reason for me to remove my hand from the scv handle. Everything would be in one place. The other positive thing was their trigger and rocker switch are rated at 10A 12v dc each. So no relays to mess with. The Grip I went with was the Sure Grip S Series. Over the weekend I installed the grip and tested. Works awesome! Even with gloves on it is very simple to control the trigger (controls the diverter valve) or the rocker switch. I will end up adding a kill switch which will disable all the power to the joystick because I believe when using just the bucket and no need for the diverter valve I might accidentally hit the trigger when doing loader work. My only issue with this setup is the joystick placement (the angle of your hand while controlling the joystick). I need to bend the ˝ steel rod about 20 degrees forward. Right now the joystick is angled slightly back. I think if I was able to bend it forward the joystick would be in the perfect spot. Any thoughts on the best way to do this?
Old set up