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Best walk behind spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Ne1, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I'm looking for a commercial grade ice melt spreader that has a thick hopper similar to Lesco grade but specifically for ice melt. I currently have the blue in color Earthway which is junk. They say its commercial grade but I found it to be very cheaply built. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Big Snow Balls

    Big Snow Balls Member
    Messages: 40

    I have tried the black salt dog it worked well, but fell apart after 1 season- it had adjustable deflectors
    witch allowed you to adjust the with of spread for narrow side walks or wider areas. I also have several
    Yellow Myer Hot Shot HD they have a plastic hopper witch keep cracking during friggid temps. I havent found the perfict spreader yet. My idea of a perfect spreader is all stainless steel- min 2 bag compacity and easy adjustible with spread . If any ones knows 1 like this let me know
     
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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  4. Big Snow Balls

    Big Snow Balls Member
    Messages: 40

    I use snow ex for bulk salters in my dump trucks they are great. As for there walk behind side walk salters Im not 100% satisfied with the way the side deflectors work- if you leave the deflectors on it only spreads about 4 ft wide thats great if you only do normal walks- if you take the deflector off it spreads about 10 ft wide, there is no in between.
     
  5. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I had the same problem with the Earthway. First really cold outing and the hopper cracked in two. I called the company and they said they have never had one of there hopper's crack. They have to be the thinest plastic I have ever seen. Hard to believe that's there commercial line. I'm trying to find one of similar quality to Lesco fertilizer spreaders but for Ice melt. They have a really nice unit, thick plastic on there hopper but they get clogged alot.
     
  6. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    If you are looking for a drop spreader there is nothing better then an Epoke. Reading the posts I guess you are looking for a broadcast spreader. I have used the Argifab with good sucess and used bulk material only.
     
  7. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

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    I have one of the blue Earthway spreaders you are talking about, and it actually has held up quite well (knock on wood). It also is one of the few spreaders I've used that can spread fine & coarse really well. But I have seen more than one post mentioning bad luck with them.?.?....good luck with your search, cause I would like to find a few new spreaders to try this year also.

    How long have you been using these Mark?.....are you spreading both fine(blended ice melters) and bulk through them?....and how much are they?
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,920

    Over a season and half. Which is closer to 3 seasons when you take into account the amount of snow in that time frame.

    We've spread both, I still prefer the coarser material as fine material will run through faster than necessary, so the operator has to watch it.

    About $250 IIRC.
     
  9. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
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    Thanks Mark, I'll be looking more into these.
     
  10. wewille

    wewille Senior Member
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  11. noble@esitrucks

    noble@esitrucks Member
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  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,920

    And some people think I'm an uptight ***** who never helps anyone. :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

    P r i c k is censored?
     
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Yup, even on PMs. So you can't recommend using a p rick punch, only center punches.
     
  14. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Who would ever think such a thing like that? (insert winking, sarcastic, smiling face here)
     
  15. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    not sure I get this?
     
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Which part - the PMs or the two types of punches? Usually a center punch is used for heavier steel, a P rick punch is common for sheet metal.
     
  17. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
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    the PM's.....didn't know they were under the same censorship.......its amazing that the word p r i c k is censored, but people are able to post gay porn links?
     
  18. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    Well you all might think I'm goofy but I have ran over 60 tons through my little Scotts Spreader. My dad gave it to me years ago and I have never had a problem with it.

    I put screws in the wheels for traction on ice and modified it so that both wheels drive the spinner.

    I tried an Earthway my second season plowing but it turned out to be a turd. The hopper never split but somehow, it kept jamming up.

    I used my Scotts for all of my commercial salting. Kind of redneck but I sat on the tailgate holding the handle while someone drove the truck. Hillbilly tailgate spreader I guess. Thoe worst part was that it only held 50 lbs.

    I finally graduated to a big boy tailgate spreader so the Scotts is being put on the reserve list.
     
  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,920

    Ahh, GoldPro has been posting again? :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:
     
  20. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
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    Hey, I will tell you that I have had many $30 scott spreaders (still got a bunch)....some of them I have ran 2 or 3 semi loads of pallets through and some break the first job they go to.....I'm sure I will always have some around, ther good cheap backup for guys to have with them.

    We need barfing smilies!!