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Do those tailgate spreader vibrators rock and roll, or what.

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Snowpower, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Seriously. Do they shake the boggers out of the hopper, and who makes the best most powerful one.

    I know its meant to keep the flow going and stop it from hollowing out in there but will it also help stop the auger from jamming causing the dreaded "Motor Stalled" deal?

    I'll buy two if I have to. I have already spread 8 tons through a buyers tailgate spreader this year and recently its been binding up and hollowing out.
     
  2. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    No one knows?
     
  3. Bowtieguy

    Bowtieguy Member
    from CT
    Messages: 57

    I have a Buyers hitch sander too. Always getting stopped up. I even removed the plate inside the hopper in the hopes it would help. I want to get a vib for it as well. I believe Angelos.com?? not sure if thats the right address. Anyway they carry an 80lb vib for like $130. I have also read somewhere do not get anything bigger than an 80lb for a tailgate spreader as it will rock it apart! Good luck!
     
  4. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Never use a 200# vib on a tailgate or hitch type speader. The 80 will do a better than fine job.
     
  5. Bowtieguy

    Bowtieguy Member
    from CT
    Messages: 57

    Well here's an update..i installed the vibrator (80#)on my Buyers spreader. After some trial and error i managed to get a good mix of sand and salt in it. Between 2 driveways i spread about 250 pounds. WOW! it just flew out with no binding on the motor. Well worth the $$'s!!
     
  6. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Good to know. I ordered one and cancelled it thinking I can get by but then took delivery of bagged poroduct thats large in size and moist so the motor is stalling. I wished Id of gotten it. I will.....sometime. May try to get through this season without it but if I use a tg next year Im installing one.

    Good info Bowtiedood.
     
  7. Bowtieguy

    Bowtieguy Member
    from CT
    Messages: 57

    Glad to help! I found out after the fact that the Buyers (SUV model) is only suppose to spread salt. If the mix is loose enough it'll spread sand too.
    Happy Plowing! :drinkup:
     
  8. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Yep. I usually put a bag of salt then a bag of sand and so on like that. It works great. You can use dry bagged ALL Purpose sand 50# bags without a Vib but works better with one. Bowtie what is the mix you ARE running?
     
  9. Bowtieguy

    Bowtieguy Member
    from CT
    Messages: 57

    I start with a 50/50 mix. Lately i have been able to get away with more sand as long as it's dry enough. If its going to be really cold (below 20 degrees) i will add a little more salt. I buy bagged salt and just recently got about a 1/2 yard +/- of sand free so i am using that. I pre mix it in the pile and shovel what i need into the hopper. By premixing i haven't had any issues with it freezing on me. If i need more salt i just add it to the hopper. I also keep a small shovel in the truck so if i need to loosen the mix i can. Before i head out i will stir the mix in the hopper to make sure it isn't packed to much. If it sits for a few days i will stir it right to the bottom of the hopper, or if necessary, i will shovel it out and just refill. This way i am guarenteed a loose mix that will spread nice.
     
  10. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Thats a good setup. I basically do a 50/50 but I put the salt on one side then sand the other. Then reverse the next 2 bags and so on. They pretty much mix themselves upon exit. I bought the Vibrator though so I don't have any more problems of material not falling into the auger. I hate looking in and seeing a hole down the middle.lol. Besides I can run Bulk mix with the vibrator. Lots and Lots cheaper so more in the pocket.
     
  11. Bowtieguy

    Bowtieguy Member
    from CT
    Messages: 57

    Yeah the vib makes a world of difference! Next yr i plan on buying sand bulk. The salt i will still get in bags. The savings alone on bulk sand instead of bagged will make it worthwhile.
     
  12. zappalawn

    zappalawn Member
    from pgh
    Messages: 56

  13. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Angelo's has the best price by far. $129 + shipping. and thats for the 80# And the 200#.
     
  14. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    yeah....but it's a foreign made POS..go with KARRIER....made in USA
     
  15. mcfly89

    mcfly89 Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    I'd gladly pay double the amount for a USA made product. as if the longevity wasnt enough of a selling point, American jobs are.