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Cow catcher for spreader spinner

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Grampa Plow, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    Hy guys, I just got a new Hiniker 8 Ft. SS spreader. The bottom of the spinner assembly is about 2 inches above my receiver hitch. I got thinking that I might have someone weld a T coming out of the hitch that goes under the spreader spinner, that way if I back up into a snow pile (or whatever) the spinner assembly would be protected. The T bar would be under the middle of the spinner, so it wouldn't interfere with the salt distribution. Has anyone every tried this, does it work ok or did I have too much Egg Nogg yesterday?
     
  2. dirtmandan2

    dirtmandan2 Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    I was thinking of doing something similar... can't hurt. I am going to build something to cover mine that also goes in the receiver and then just take it out when I need to spread...
     
  3. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Definitely to much egg nogg:D
     
  4. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Ya I built 1 last year after I backed into a 4ft tall, black, cyclone fence @ 2am. Mine is basically a square that I welded onto a drop hitch. Made from 1-1/2" square tubing. Works great! I backed into a couple of ice banks since then and it breaks up the ice/crusty snow b/f it can do any real damage. I also use it as a step to lokk under the tarp and make sure I'm empty or just plugged up.
     
  5. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

    T bar

    This is a quick piece I saved from a old mount for a spreader

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  6. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    I built one out of 2" square tubing. I welded a short receiver tube on top of the truck receiver to hold my spreader. Then I built my T 30 inches long by 24 inches wide that goes into the truck receiver. Should protect the spreader from getting damaged. Every year we come across someone who has damaged their spreader by backing into something. The small price to make the T ( under $15 ) is a no brainer.
     
  7. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    Thanks guys...I thought it sounded like a good idea...especially when I'm a little tired!!
     
  8. 4evergreenlawns

    4evergreenlawns Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    this is something I had made

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  9. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    That one looks like it could take a real thump. Thanks