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Best poly spreader?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Broncslefty7, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    We have been doing snow for around ten years with old f550's and 350's with fisher straight blades and stainless electric sanders that we always have issues with. this year we picked up a new f350 diesel and put a boss straight blade on it. im looking to put a poly sander on it and have been doing a lot of research to no avail. the boss poly spreaders look decent but havnt really been tested yet and there are not many reviews on them either. we are also planning on buying two Ram 3500 diesels and putting boss DXT's V's on them. so all in all im looking for feed back on poly electric sanders because i am going to need to buy three of them this year and as of now im leaning towards the salt dog spreaders, it just worries me that the shutes may be a little low for a pick up that will be squating a little bit. any feed back would be greatly appreciated. also all of our lots are lets say medium sized commercial roughly 80-110 parking spaces.

    Thank you
     
  2. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Go snow ex
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Lots of reading on all the spreaders out there
     
  4. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    i know ive been researching for a while now and they all seem to go round about. Blizz, Western, Fisher, all seem to be exactly the same. would never buy anything from meyer. ive had good luck with boss with the plows and dealer support seems pretty good i just havnt been able to dig up and reviews on them.
     
  5. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,002

    Salt doggs are great we run 2 of them a shpe2000 and a shpe1500, I run the shpe1500 on a dodge 2500 flatbed handles the weight well doesnt squat alot plus I got timbrens, the shpe2000 we had in a gmc 2500 pickup for yrs with no problems it squats a bit with timbrens but handles it fine. We have a short chute on the gmc and its at a good height when loaded, I got a extended chute on my dodge do to the flatbed being taller and is also at a good height when loaded
     
  6. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    yeah, i havnt thought of adding timbrens to the new trucks. didnt think they would really need them
     
  7. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,002

    Doesnt hurt to have them on both front and back. Maybe even airbags but I never delt with them
     
  8. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    where does the short shute sit on a pickup? i wasnt aware that was an option
     
  9. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,002

    On our gmc it sits just at the bumber step, at first we had the extension chute on it but we cut it down 3inches and when loaded we would just clear a curb by a hair, I bought my saltdogg it came with the short chute, before i put my flatbed on it was a pickup and it sat taller then the gmc so i took the long chute and it worked fine now with the flatbed it sits even taller so it works great now
     
  10. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    sounds good, never owned an auger style spreader.
     
  11. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    What material are you spreading?

    How many tons a storm will they be expected to spread.

    What are your average operating conditions? 30-20, 10-0 degrees??

    What issues do you have with your electric over SS pintle chain hoppers?
     
  12. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    we are spreading a 50/50 mix majority of the time

    putting roughly 10-12 yards through per storm

    usually in the its anywhere from 10-30 degrees

    we have some down easter electric sanders that just dont move material very well, it takes 10-15 minutes parked in the shed to empty itself. along with corrosion and motors burning out. but all of my SS sanders have been on dump trucks, now that i will be putting sanders into pick ups i figured i could save on weight and other repair costs by going with the poly. plus everyone i see with a pick up is using poly over SS
     
  13. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    These are pintle chain conveyors?

    Do you have vibrators on your SS hoppers? If not add them, they make a world of difference.

    You will not see a difference between SS and poly when it comes to electrical corrosion. The best you can do is CLEAN and protect regularly and disconnect the power at the battery when not in use.

    That same motor is used by lots of people, depending on the source the quality of the motor changes.

    Are you using a simple ON/Off switch with circuit breakers for protection? If so what amp breakers?
     
  14. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    yeah they are pintle chain conveyors. no we are not using vibrators, we ar enot having an issue with corrosion as much as we are with motor bearings. even with a new electric motor in the sanders the chain just moves godly slow at least half the speed of a gas powered sander. its kind of ridiculous the amount of time it takes to do a single lot with them. but that was my grandfather who has been plowing snow since the 50's. i took over the company three years ago, i have three 9' boss straight blades and havnt had a single issue with any of them, so the quality is definently there, but like i said i cant find a single review on their spreaders. too bad salt dog and boss done have the interlocking covers, they seem like they could be useful.
     
  15. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    Also basher i do not believe salt dog has a pintle conveyor option in their poly sanders. most likley going to purchase the boss bx-8000 purely out of dealer relationship.
     
  16. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    My snow ex has lasted 9 years and last year spread 60/40 mix if sand and salt I have an additional vibrator on it and have had nj real issues with any if mine
     
  17. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    yeah see the problem there is, theres no snow ex dealer anywhere near me.
     
  18. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,002

    I believe they do have pintle conveyor in the poly sanders but I think they're just gas not electric
     
  19. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    idk, the boss has a good warranty and they claim it will push through straight sand, so its gotta be tough. i guess we will just stick with one brand and see what happens. maybe the boss sanders will be rock stars
     
  20. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,002

    They look impressive, if I had the money id buy one and try it. But then again if I had the money id do away with salters and go all liquid