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a couple sand/salt questions??

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by MSS Mow, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    I am curious as to others opinions on running sand/salt mix in the poly electric spreaders? Do you have any problems? Pros? Cons?

    Also, how much distance will a typical yard of sand/salt mix cover? Mileage wise?

    Thanks
     
  2. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    tailgate spreader? or v box? will it have vibrator?
     
  3. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Looking forward to some of the answers myself, we normally run gas (steel type)spreaders. this year we're outfitting two additional 6.5' ft beds with polys. I have asked some guys in the business, they say no problems thus far with electric other than occasional tunneling;i think that could be eliminated with a vibrator. I'm not sure if I'm sold on the cork screw thing, maybe I'm stuck in the times and perhaps I should give it a shot. I have been quoted cash & carry Fisher 1.5 yds $3,100.00,salt dogg 2.5 yd. $4,300.00, buyers $4,100.00. For us, its not really about price(although definitely helpful), its about service,productivity and potentially how many times we're going to need to load up again based on the hoppers capacity. I too would enjoy any input to what has been your success with spreaders and manufacturers as we are approaching purchasing time. Although we network with others as any business does;this site has been very helpful and I hope some of my replies have been useful; thank again
     
  4. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    IMO if your going to run salt/sand mix you should use a steel gas powered v-box. I've seen too many guys shoveling their poly spreader out when they load it with wet material. The electric motors just can't pull the heavy wet material. I know there are guys on here that will tell you different, but from what I've seen if your using salt/sand go with gas. All my 2 yard sanders have 10" extensions for sides and it allows me to carry an extra 3/4 yard and the more I can load on the less trips I have to make.
     
  5. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    purpleranger,
    thanks for your input,most of our material is covered and sometimes stored indoors (21'high ceilings) if you dont mind to reply, which one of your spreaders listed works best? as far as gas powered,were not opposed to gas powered,they have made us dollars and are reliable. What motors are you running briggs or honda's. we have briggs and have heard hondas are trouble.
    thanks again
     
  6. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    I have ran about every make sander out there at one time or another I think and about 4 years ago I purchased a Sno-Way since then i have purchased another and will continue to purchase Sno-Way. I love the fact that there is no hard wiring. Your controller simply plugs into the cigarette lighter for power. If I need to switch the sander from one truck to another, it's no big deal and can be done in less than 15 mins. All of my Sno-Ways have Briggs 10.5's on them. They seem to be the most reliable motor I've dealt with. Once we load the sander to go out and it's started prior to it's 1st lot we don't shut them down till we are done.
     
  7. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Sorry 'bout that. I should have been more specific. I'm looking at v boxes and have no idea if I would put a vibrator on it. I guess that's what I'm looking for here with peoples opinions.

    Thanks a bunch everyone for your responses so far.
     
  8. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    thank you purpleranger519,

    I appreciate your opinion.
    I will contact a snoway dealer as well, I think thats is a great option(one plug) on the swap out. hopefuly theres a dealer close by.
     
  9. ALLABOUTSNOW

    ALLABOUTSNOW Member
    Messages: 32

    I would try to look at the Swensons V-Box... Honda powered and honda reliable. Parts are ready available and the price of a new is right where the others are .
     
  10. LHL Inc.

    LHL Inc. Member
    Messages: 92

    If i buy a stainless salt dogg v box gas spreader will i b able to spread sand with it?
     
  11. ALLABOUTSNOW

    ALLABOUTSNOW Member
    Messages: 32

    That I really can't answer, I have never used sand but I know a couple of landscapers that used sand/salt and the used the same equipment. I know the Swenson say it in the owners manual.
     
  12. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    allaboutsnow,

    at one of our local hotels was a snow expo; the swenson price I received was in the tune of:
    $4,500; not sure if that is comparable to the others; however, it was a nice design.