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Troy-Bilt model 42010: home made heated handles

I wanted to share my innovative option for heating the grips on my snowblower. I own a circa 1995 Troy-Bilt model 42010. The handles haven't worked in about 10 years. Many of you may already know that the OEM ceramic elements are not available anymore. I found something that works great and with the existing wiring. Here's some pictures and I'll be happy to pass my install process to anyone interested. The cost ?? only $22.00 for two. Check it out.....
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Way too hot. You'll be able to make some coffee while you're snow blowing.
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Cool

You gotta admit, it's pretty ingenious......I do agree it's hot, but it radiates inside the handles. Just the element gets too hot to touch. You don't feel the full impact of the heat on the metal. When I initially installed them, it was about 50 deg, and I had no issues holding the bare metal handles at all. Plus when it's snowing and cold, and thru the rubber grips the temp will equal out. Also they only get that hot when it's at full throttle. The true test will be this winter......first winter with this set-up. I'll keep you all posted.
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So the coffee will be luke-warm ! LOL
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Heres he site I purchased it from. If the link doesn't open up, just copy and paste it in your browser. They are called Enclosure Heaters. The specs work perfectly with the voltage from my machine. I used the original wires that went to the OEM warmers. I don't know exactly what they are made for, but it works for my application. Now us old model Troy-Bilt owners can have our hands warmed while we work.

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Jim, do they come with the mounting clips? Your Troy-bilt is a descendant of the Bolens 824A/824B (which several of us here own). Also, how did you manage to remove the handlebar grips without destroying them?


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Jim, do they come with the mounting clips? Your Troy-bilt is a descendant of the Bolens 824A/824B (which several of us here own). Also, how did you manage to remove the handlebar grips without destroying them?
I used a heat gun to soften the rubber grips. An ordinary hand held hair dryer will work as well (they don't get as hot as a heat gun). Be careful not to burn them. Just enough heat around the entire grips makes the rubber elastic to the point that you can force a screw driver between the grip and metal bar. Force the screw driver all around the inside of the grip as you heat it to stretch the rubber all over. Again careful not to tear the rubber. As the rubber stretches enough you need to grab the end of the grip while trying to twist and pull. I've had mine off several times over the years with no issue. Patience is your best friend....and yes they come with 'C' clips shown on my original post. I riveted the clips directly to the bottom side of the handle bar.
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