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? about spreader controller

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Sydenstricker Landscaping, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Okay so here is the deal. I am too cheap, lol, to go buy a new spreader controller. I cant find one for a decent price used either. So I was thinking put a switch for on and off, and wire a rotary control into it, kinda like the interior dim knob in the truck. Would this be at all feasible and how complex is the wiring gonna be?? I am good at wiring and what not, so any help is greatly appreciated!!:waving:
     
  2. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    All your doing is asking for something to not work when you need it the most....get a new controller....:dizzy: What does it say in your sig about spending the whole summer gettin' prepped for winter...I guess that didn't happen....lol
     
  3. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    True, just trying to weigh my options. If it doesnt seem doable, I will get myself a controller. I figure it is worth a try, I got a little time before the snow flies.
     
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Needs to be able to handle 30 amps, should have a (30 amp) circuit breaker in the system.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Cool. Now that I know it needs a 30 amp fuse in it, that makes it half the battle. Looks like I got a good project for this weekend. Thanks Basher:waving:
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992


    Don't mis-quote me, I said circuit breaker.:cool:
     
  7. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    I think the adjustable knob like the dimmer switch is called a Rheostat switch but not sure....
     
  8. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Can you give me more detail??
    I will look into it. Thanks!!
     
  9. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    Tom if you are just doing open lots a switch will work fine.
     
  10. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Yeah, Open lots...all you need is a switch...you can use vehicle speed to regulate the amount of salt that hits the ground....
     
  11. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Yes what you are looking for is a rheostat.the ones in TVs and radios are not strong enough.

    Use a circuit breaker so if you have an issue you don't have to change fuses, just reset the circuit breaker or use a self resetting breaker.
     
  12. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Thanks so much guys. A couple of my lots are open, but some are not like a couple banks. So where would I most likely find a rheostat??
     
  13. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992


    A karrier control box.:D
     
  14. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
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  15. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    rheostat

    we put one on one of our trucks one time, we got it a NAPA. If I remember it was a special order item and was around $40.00 but it was made for this type of application.
    Dennis