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Better value: New or Used? and Best quality spreader brand?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by TightSqueeze, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. TightSqueeze

    TightSqueeze Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I promised myself that I would finally buy a truck spreader for my F-350 if made a certain amount of money off of the last storm we had. I'm tired of losing hours of time running, stopping, and refilling my 100 lb. push spreader at the larger lots I clear. So in hitting that goal, would it be best to buy new or used truck spreader? And what brands are best quality? I want to get one that attatches to my hitch and that only needs to hold 300-400 lbs.
  2. mypolaris1

    mypolaris1 Member
    Messages: 59

    Buy new, for what some of the used stuff goes for it's not worth it. Shop around on prices, there's some good deals out there. Far as spreaders, I use to run a Buyers, went through a couple motors in a year but I ran the heck out of it. I've got a Boss now and no problems.
  3. TightSqueeze

    TightSqueeze Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    That's been the general opinion I've been getting, buy new. And in the research I've done so far, Buyers seen to be the cheapest in price. Is that because they are the less durable or just most common...? What a out Western, do they make a good setup?
  4. fairrpe86

    fairrpe86 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    I ran a western for two seasons, cant remember what model it was, I wanna say it was the ProFlow series. Worked pretty well as long as the material wasnt clumpy, but if it got clumpy or the material froze in there, better hope you have a tree stake or shovel to dig it out and free it up with.
  5. MahonLawnCare

    MahonLawnCare Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 848

    buy a buyers SUVPROA if your worried about price. I think you can get one shipped from Equipment Specialists for around $630.00 which is cheap because the dealers around here want $700 plus tax

    GLSCPE Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    A couple things to consider would be the material that you are running through the spreader. Many of the spreaders do not handle bulk rock salt very well. If it is all bagged material then that is a different story. I would also stay away from some of the buyers & meyers that have the 12volt motor mounted on the bottom and exposed. We use to run this style but were constantly replacing the motors, and they were always being bumped. The Boss and Western spreaders have agitators built into them as well which is a nice feature. Good luck & buy new.
  7. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,248

    You may want to get a larger one that can hold 600 or 800 lbs. Because one day you will need a bigger one and be mad that you did not spend that extra $100 to $150 for the larger unit a couple of years ago.I have ran buyers tailgate spreaders for years and always have had good luck with them.
  8. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    I like snowex

    If you are looking for something to slide into a receiver hitch, check out SnowEx's 575 or 1575 model units. They are both easy for one person to put on and off; if you are looking for something a little bit larger look at the 1075 SnowEx model. These will not be the least expensive spreaders you buy, but they will definitely be the least expensive to operate in the long run.
  9. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    I agree 100% with this statement. A few extra dollars spent now will save you from wanting to upgrade next year. Unless you are not going to take on any more business, the bigger spreader is the way to go. You don't have to fill it full when you are spreading.
  10. tattood_1

    tattood_1 Member
    Messages: 98

    I have a Buyers SUVPROA. It's not a bad spreader at all for the money. It has the same motor and guts as the bigger ones I believe, just a smaller hopper. Like was said before though, if you are not planning on doing anymore commercial lots than what you already have this would be a good spreader. If you want to do more, I would suggest getting one with a bigger hopper. I do one commercial lot thats about 30,000 sqft and two thats about 16,000 sqft each, so it works for me.
  11. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I was in your shoes a few years ago. I feel I made the right decision with mine, and I am still running that salter now, though this year it has been sitting on the shop floor just waiting in case I need it.

    Look around and find yourself a used Western ProFlo2. They go used for between $800-1200 all the time. Maybe a little pricey for a used unit, but hear me out.

    These are a two-stage unit, think of them like a mini v-box. Meaning, they have a conveyor on the bottom feeding the spinner. They can handle bulk salt and sand with ease. They also hold up to 1200lbs of salt. This may not be what you need now, but you may pick up a new contract next year, or heck, tomorrow even if someone else screws up, and need the extra capacity. Bulk is sooooo much cheaper than bag, too, which means more profit for you. I think I ran that machine for 2-3 years like that.

    Last year we took on our first BIG lot with a salting contract, prior to that we had one grocery store which used the whole spreaders worth. This lot took 2.5 spreader fulls. Now this year we have the neighbouring building, another 2 spreader fulls. Needless to say this year we moved on to a SS v-box.

    But what I am saying is you can grow very fast and need more capacity. I'm glad I bought a bigger machine than I needed at first or I would have been replacing it in year two of salting... which is money wasted. If you can't use the machine for several years then you didn't make the right choice in machine. For me, the difference in cost got very quickly eaten up by the extra profits in running bulk. EASILY paid for the machine in the first month of running it.

    If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing.


    -Machine is quite tall, even on my little truck (S15). Makes it tricky to load from ground height (bulk or bag). Shovelling from the back of the truck ain't bad though, and your 350 has the weight capacity to do that whereas I had to return to the shop in between and scoop from ground height or the back of the 2wd dump.

    -Wish the hopper was a touch wider so I could load with my tractor. Maybe I need a smaller tractor? lol

    -Machine framework is plain steel and rusting badly, but I didn't take the best care of it either. This spreader has thrown many, many, many tons of salt! Wish it had a stainless framework. Poly hopper has been perfect, still even flexible at -20*

    -Cost new--around $4k Cdn around here. I could never justify it new, I'd step up a little more and buy a poly Salt Dogg. Especially with the low resale--BUT that is a PRO for you!


    -Spreads like a CHAMP!
    -Dead Reliable!
    -Large capacity means fewer refills
    -Handles bulk no problem
    -available used for the price of a new cheapie bag-salt-only unit
  12. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Here is a neat picture of mine from LAST YEAR pre-season before the S15 got a total makeover. Keep in mind its not meant to be on such a small truck (3/4 or larger lol) so it does look HUGE on it. You can see I'd just brush painted the framework so the rust underneath is obvious... I believe the machine is an '02 model...and I just made the move to Fluid Film this year on equipment. It was rusty when I bought it, but I regret not taking better care of it myself.

    Also the original cover disappeared in a storm, my buddy didn't secure it well enough. So I had this one made by a local awning shop ($80). I had him add the safety straps with stainless snaps--never lose it again.

    I'm wondering if I can make a new frame in the shop for it out of SS? :D

    western salter.jpg
  13. TightSqueeze

    TightSqueeze Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    This is great info and advice, from all... I'm glad that I haven't jumped the gun on a purchase yet. I am planning on expanding the business further, and it would be the most sensible to go for a larger model now. Just from the most recent storm we had, I picked up few new accounts and actually passed on bidding one lot due to lack of efficient spreading equipment. There will always be more to come though, in time...
  14. mscincbus

    mscincbus Junior Member
    Messages: 14