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Dump to brine truck conversion

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Township1, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    We are currently working to start up a brine program, we are going to be building several trucks and a "homemade" brine production facility.

    Thought I would give you all some photos to look at as we go thru the process. Here are some photos of the truck we are currently working on converting from a rotted out spare dump to a 1325 gallon anti-icing truck.

    I will put up photos as we progress.

    Any comments or suggestions, throw um at us.

    Here is the Body we removed

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  2. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Here is the truck

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  3. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Here is the start of the sub-frame which will be used to support the flatbed, which will support the tank and equipment.

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  4. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,952

    What kind of sprayer setup are you going to put on there? Hyd, gas, etc? Just curious.
     
  5. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Todays Progress

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  6. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Going with gas mainly because the hydro system on the truck is obsolete, last time we needed parts for the valve body we needed to get them from a salvage yard. We will still use the plow as a backup, and the hydro's will still be plumbed to the rear, however we did not want to rely on the hydro system on this truck.
     
  7. bharkness

    bharkness Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Maybe you should think about using something beside salt brine seeing that salt brine is only good to 17 degrees.
     
  8. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,530

    Depending on their budget, maybe that's all they can start with. Or maybe that's all they want to do.
     
  9. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Our primary use will be Anti-icing. Brine is the most cost effective solution for us, as we will be utilizing around 7000 gallons per event just for 1 round of anti-icing. Brine is an effective solution in our area, and is extensively used by many municipalities. PennDOT put down around 300,000 gallons last year in our district alone and it was very effective.

    While I could argue with your 17 degrees, a little. It is rare for us to see pavement temperatures below 17, in these cases we will use anti-skid as we have.

    We do anticipate adding a protein to our brine at some point in the near future, in order to lower our Eutectic temperature.

    Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride where considered but ruled out. Calcium due to issues with attraction of moisture, and Magnesium due to cost.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011
  10. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    We did not get to make any more progess this week on our truck due to this,

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    However the tanks for the trucks which were ordered on Wed. and Shipped from Ohio arrived in record time.
     
  11. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    SUBSCRIBED!!!!!!:redbounce

    Also Brine melts/ activates at lower temps than 17 degrees.....THats why its SOO Beneficial!
     
  12. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Here are the tanks we will be using.

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  13. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Got a little more work done on the bed today. Probably have about a day worth of work left to get it ready for paint, then we can get it on the bed and get to the good stuff. Won't get to work on it again until next week though.

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  14. pushinpaul

    pushinpaul Member
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    Subscribed
     
  15. ChlorideGuy

    ChlorideGuy Member
    Messages: 77

    looks good we have done the same thing from the ground up ... only with a little bigger tanks but all in all looks like a great start
     
  16. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Finally got back on this project. While the pic's will not look much different we managed to get almost all the welding on the bed done, and get the truck just about ready for paint.

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    Tommorow we need to flip the bed over and do a little more welding, then prep and paint.

    Oh, and here is some spray equip we salvaged from our golf course about a year ago, we will be seeing what we can use, and may even use one of the tanks to build a small skid unit in the future.

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  17. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Here are a bunch more pic's of our progress. We have been spending a far amount of time on building our brinemaker, so the truck got put aside a little.

    Getting ready to stand the Bed up to finish welding and paint the bottom
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    Bed hanging in air
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    Another one of her hanging
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    Bed standing on-it's side
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  18. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    Truck ready for paint
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    Bottom of bed epoxy primed
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    Frame rails & stuff epoxy primed
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    Primer sealer on truck
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  19. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    primer / sealer
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    More primer sealer
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    Finish coat
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    Masked up to paint frame
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  20. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 94

    All painted up
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