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Controller for homemade Salt spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Diesel_brad, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    Hey guys. My neighbor goes to FL every winter and I take care of his driveway for him for Emergency situations.
    Well this year he bought a small hitch mounted salt spreader for me to use on my Ford Ranger or 4 wheeler.
    The problem is, how to control the electric motor.
    I was thinking about having a trailer plug on it and plug it into my truck plug. Then using my electric brake controller I could operate the electric motor. What do you think? Or would I be better of trying to find a cheap controller(if one exists)
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,929

    what kinda salter is it? how many amps is it rated to pull?
     
  3. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    It is a "custom" made one. Has a Dayton motor, not sure of the amps
     
  4. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    3.2 amps. I was thinking about using just a light dimmer switch to turn it on and off with a speed variation
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,929

    3.2 at start up too. That's some of the issue. It could have 10.0 at start up and drop dwn to 3.2
     
  6. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    I have a snow ex 1875 that we also put a vibrator on. Toggle switch is all it took.
     
  7. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    I really want variable speed
     
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,929

    You can buy a western or aftermarket variable speed controller if you want to go that route.
     
  9. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    My version cost 4 bucks new.
     
  10. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    For $300, I don't think so
     
  11. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    Ended up buying a used Fisher/Western controller. Works like a charm on the lowest setting. Just wish the hole in the hopper was big enough for rock salt. Pellets ain't cheap
     
  12. 04hd

    04hd Senior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 170

    Just saw this tonight and 3 nights a go I did a rework of my snow ex sr110. I like the spreader nice for me and my 1 man show!! Can take on and off easily to get snow blower out of back. Any way the computer board in it took a crap. I got a 2 wire cigarette plug in extension cut the end and made a plug in for it. The spreader runs at 100% spinner speed which is fine it makes a 20-25 foot path. I should take a couple pictures!
     
  13. Buddhaman

    Buddhaman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    I used a 12v heater control switch for $8. I have high, med and low.
     
  14. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    I wondered about those. wasnt sure how well it would dissipate heat
     
  15. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    I searched everywhere for a way to control a small ATV type spreader last year, it came down to buying a 300 buck controller or a heater switch with hi, med and low - I found it at Autozone or something like that, from an old style vehicle.

    You'd think at first it'd be easy to control DC voltage but it ain't.