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Heated grips; are they any good?

I've been thinking about a new Husqvarna. I see they have heated grips but do they actually work well enough to keep your hands warm? Or is it one of those talking points where yes they work but barely effective. I'm curious because I have heated grips on my Goldwing that work very well.
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I've been thinking about a new Husqvarna. I see they have heated grips but do they actually work well enough to keep your hands warm? Or is it one of those talking points where yes they work but barely effective. I'm curious because I have heated grips on my Goldwing that work very well.
You can expect them to be as good on the snow blower.
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Am I the only one who thinks heated handgrips are silly?

When I go snowblowing, my lower legs and feet get cold from trudging in the snow, and face/neck get gold usually from thrown snow being blown back at me. But I've never had problems with cold hands.

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[QUOTE=ELaw;708674]Am I the only one who thinks heated handgrips are silly?
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Many a times here in eastern Ontario we get -30 Far. temps so the heated handgrips are a godsend.

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That's darn cold!

We haven't had subzero temps here for several years, and when we do it's usually only in the wee hours of the morning. I don't think I've ever had to do snow removal in < 0 temps.

That being said, if it were crazy cold out I think I'd be more worried about warming the 95% of my body that isn't the hands. Don't they sell electrically-heated suits for snowmobiling? One of those would be the hot setup... pun intended!

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Wow, great site. Thanks for prompt replies.

I don't generally get cold blowing snow, even when it's below -30 but was just curious how well they worked. A down parka, good gloves, and felt lined boots are all I need.

Yes an electrically heated suit would certainly be a hot setup but the electrical system on a snowblower couldn't handle that kind of load. One would have to go with a battery powered suit but they have limited run time.
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Last year, when I got my Ariens Platinum 24 SHO, I thought the
heated handgrips were something I wouldn't use. I was wrong.

Last year I cleared snow a few times when the temp was around zero,
with wind chills in the -20 / -30 degree range, and dressed the way
most would when the temps are in the 30's, with the exception of
my footwear & mittens. My body stays warm, it's my hands & feet that
tend to get cold. With the heated hand warmers my hands stay warm.

I generally don't run the hand warmers the whole time since my
hands actually get too warm. I turn them on & off as needed........

I know that, without doubt, if I ever have to buy another snow blower
that it will have heated handgrips. If you would have asked me about
them a year ago, I would have said that I could do without them.
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Everyone is different. I have way more problems with my hands and feet. I can go out in sub zero with just jeans on, no long underwear and it's my hands and or feet that will get tingly painful long before I really notice my legs.
Same when I went hunting, it was always my feet that started to freeze from sitting still.
Maybe for you heated grips would be a waste but if I was buying new I wouldn't think twice about adding them. I did buy two sets of really cheap ones on ebay and they're still sitting in the garage. The wires seem too small and they were set up for a motorcycle or snowmobile and the ON/OFF switch isn't anywhere near where I can mount it. Just haven't taken the time to install new wires.

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Kiss4frog I ordered the same kit and installed it, after 2 seasons use they still perform good though I agree with the flimsy wires, I installed them with surgical delicacy.

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I find the heated handles very good as my hands tend to be on the cold side all the time.
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