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Can I leave sand in my spreader?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by gtstang8706, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. gtstang8706

    gtstang8706 Member
    from MA
    Messages: 36

    Good morning!

    I just used my spreader for the first time ( saltdogg 2 yd poly) and apparently only used abt one yd of the full hopper. Is it ok to leave material in the unit? If I spin it out, I have to way to reload it. Any help would be great. Thanks!
  2. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Only if you keep it in a heated garage.Any sign of cold weather[below 32*] and whatever you're using will start freezing in the hopper.NOT fun to pick apart.
  3. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 814

    Pure sand?

    I have the same hopper and I run 50/50 mix and I've been ok leaving some material in it for a day or two. Any longer moisture will build up and it will freeze.

    Pure sand will freeze for sure
  4. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    pickled sand, for a while.

    Straight sand, never

    Straight salt, never. Chipping out frozen material SUCKS
  5. Mysticlandscape

    Mysticlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    hope you got a good chizzel
  6. mustangman02232

    mustangman02232 Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    or a nice heated garage
  7. RepoMan1968

    RepoMan1968 Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    If I prop a load of salt/sand I will always dump a 50# bag of calcium in first to insure that auger dont freeze up from wet or damp material . I keep my salt uncovered during a storm , I noticed it works faster when damp or wet. Thumbs Up