2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #57[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Heated Wiper BladesEverblades heated wiper blades have been around for more than 20 years. Recent product improvements make them even more effective, says Jim Weiler, W.N. Miller Co., owner of the Everblades brand.
“The blades use a silicone rubber material. The squeegee profile is hinged so that the wiping edge flips back and forth.The blades wipe exceptionally clean.”
“The one thing that people need to remember is that these are not defrosters. The silicone/rubber blades should not be used before the winshield has been defrosted.”
The specially designed blades have a heating element inside the squeegee and are designed to heat up to about 200 degrees F in the manufacturing process.
For an additional cost, the company can also heat the blade structure (above the wiper) to help prevent freezing of the moving parts. This helps ensure that the wiper adheres to the windshield properly.
Other improvements to the product include a heavy-duty LED toggle switch, and automotive grade 18-gauge wiring that is designed to remain flexible down to minus 60 degrees F. Installation takes about a half hour. Once installed, simply flip the switch and accumulated snow and ice on the blades is melted, or prevented from building up to begin with.
Everblades cost more than regular wiper blades but the improvements in vision, productivity, and safety make them well worth the extra cost. Everblades range in price from $120 to $140 depending on size and model. Refills and replacement blade assemblies run from $30 to $55.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, W. N. Miller Company, Inc., P.O. Box 113, Houghton, Mich. 49931 (ph 906 482-3172; toll free 800 746-0428; Jim@everblades.com. Check out the website: www.everblades.com).
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