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Can I use my Leaf Vac to load Salt?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by mandmedwards, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. mandmedwards

    mandmedwards Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I was checking to see if anyone uses their leaf vacuum to load their Salt trucks in the winter? I would like to put my loader to use removing snow and would need something to load my salt. I have 18 hp Billygoat leaf vac that I think I could set up to load my salt trucks. Any comments or suggestions?
     
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    I've never tried it but I would think the salt would be way too heavy for it. Your impeller would get overloaded and it would just stop turning. Maybe not though, I'm interested to see what others say.
     
  3. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    two problems come to mind
    1. rock salt is abrasive so you will wear impeller down and shoot walls
    2. once rock salt hits impeller it will pulverize rock salt down to dust. While this dust would be better melting action, it also will bind up in your spreader
     
  4. mandmedwards

    mandmedwards Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I was worried about these two issues as well.
     
  5. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,990

    Now that's thinking outside the box! How about using it to spread salt on lots!Make a fun video at least.:salute:
     
  6. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,889

    And the third problem would be salt corrodes metal...
     
  7. mandmedwards

    mandmedwards Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I hadn't thought of that. Almost worth trying.
     
  8. juspayme

    juspayme Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    thats the craziest thing i have ever heard! seriously ?
     
  9. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Jesus........
     
  10. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    I wouldn't. :rolleyes:
     
  11. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,990

    Stay on this site long enough and this idea will seem brilliant!
     
  12. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Yea bird should be migrating thru any day now. :rolleyes:
     
  13. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 163

    If I didn't know any better bird has attempted this. Oo
     
  14. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Not that I know of but don't give him any ideas. I could see him try and weld something up out of an old dirt bike motor, a box fan and some used dryer hose.:rolleyes:
     
  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    And look into the output side for a clog
     
  16. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Well that was it...that was the dumbest thing I have heard. Surely you can't be serious?

    Buy the proper equipment for the job at hand.
     
  17. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,643

    I don't know but really hoping someone tries this and makes a video of it. I am dying to see what actually happens. Maybe some should send a message to mythbusters.
     
  18. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    Why not just sell the leaf vac and buy the cheapest loader you can afford, then instead of having a deystoyed leaf vac to stare at, you will have a crappy loader
     
  19. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 163

    You'd have a better chance playing pick up sticks with your butt checks, then to ever use my leaf loader for salt loading. I'm sure bird has adapted a grain elevator to load salt. Oo
     
  20. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    DOT trucks apply salt to the road this way. Well sort of..

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