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Best way to remove spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by burnsyscapes1, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. burnsyscapes1

    burnsyscapes1 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    whats the best way that yall came up with to remove a spreader from your truck and put it back on in-between storms. i cant set up a rig to have it hang, nor do i have a bobcat or somthing to lift it off. i am in a pickle, lol

    any positive input will help. thanks
  2. nms0219

    nms0219 Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    I have seen guys use an engine hoist to lift it out and put it back.
  3. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Hang from a tree
    State here has Stands mounted to there speader Drag out of the truck and the stand holds it up
    Try get pic of it for you
  4. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I forgot to ask how did you get it in there in the first place
  5. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    engine hoist. best way ever. i have a skidloader, and i still use an engine hoist.
  6. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 6,782

    Build a "A" frame and use come alongs to lift it then set it on some 55 gallon drums.
  7. burnsyscapes1

    burnsyscapes1 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    im trying to figure it out, im storing it at a storage facility.

    i bought it and the vender dropped it in the truck.
  8. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,091

    We use a 2 ton chain fault from harbor freight, they cost about 70,00 dollars. Hang a cable from two trees. Then lower it on a set of saw horses. Easy
  9. Dr Who

    Dr Who Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Why do you want to take it out then put it back in? that seems like a lot of trouble and work for nothing, unless you have to use the truck to haul other things...

    to me it seems a waste as well as a liability (you could drop the salter, or hit it) installing it over and over during the winter...

    But that is just me, I hate to do things over and over if I do not have to...
  10. Maleko

    Maleko Senior Member
    from Ct
    Messages: 777

    Was just thinking the same...
  11. Scottscape

    Scottscape Senior Member
    Messages: 662

  12. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153


    Mine stays in all Season.
    I take the spinner off between uses. But other than that if i NEEEED to haul something i use my trailer. I feel that the better alternative.
  13. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    The guy is from Virginia. I guess if you only have a few events/year and want to use the truck for other things plus save the wear and tear I can see why he would want to remove it.

    I use the front end loader on my tractor and put the spreader on an old beefed up picnic table.
  14. Lugnut

    Lugnut Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    I use an engine hoist as well
  15. Dr Who

    Dr Who Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    I am in KY, we do not get many events either, I think I was out 5-6 times last winter and we had a bad winter last year LOL...

    Still looks like a good way to drop it and break something
  16. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 319

    I used to use a chainfall attached to the ceiling of my garage. My buddy built a swing set type of setup that he can drive under and loft it off.

    I know you don't have a machine, but if you ever get one the best way to lift a spreader off is to mount it to an 8ft pallet and lift it off with your forks. I did that last year with my western tornado and now I can take it off in 5 minutes by myself.
  17. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    can someone explain to me how an engine hoist would work in this situation??
  18. Dr Who

    Dr Who Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    You take the engine hoist, chain it to the spreader, then to a tree/pole or any other big stationary object and drive forward really, really fast. The wires will unhook when the pressure is applied if you use quick connect (twisted and duck-tape).

    The spreader then falls to the ground upon all the beer cans in the drive, breaking the fall and smashing the cans at the same time and you have the hoist already hooked up for when you want to put it back in your truck.

  19. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    this is the exact reason why I and apparently some other people don't belong owning a Vee box.
  20. justgeorge

    justgeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    Chain hoist attached to the ceiling in my garage. But with the spinner off I can get my truck in the garage so I'll only take it off if it's going to be a week or more between uses.