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electric sanders

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by boba, Jan 15, 2001.

  1. boba

    boba Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    I am looking to replace a v box sander and had made up my mind to purchase an electric unit. However, a dealer informed me electric units operate at 3-5 miles per hour while gas units operate at speeds up to 20-25 miles per hour.

    Is this correct? I need the unit for private road work and 3-5 miles per hour would be impractical.
  2. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    High speed sanding. I do a large volume of Private roads.

    I will say that with the feed gate wide open and the engine running on a fast speed, you can sand pretty fast. Only my hydro tailgate sander can sand faster than my v-box. I am not sure how electric sander's opperate seeing I don't have one.

  3. cut-rite

    cut-rite Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I have had both gas and electric. Gas is faster. It depends on how fast or how much sand you want to put down. I like my electric better for my use BUT,I do very few roads. My guess is you would be happier with gas ... but maybe uncomfortable he he . Does any one in you're area have an electric you could play with to see how it would work for you? brad
  4. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,222

    I have an electric one but it's a talgate spreader and it does not work as fast as a gas one but for what i use it for it's good.
  5. RB

    RB Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    I've seen a Smith electric v box spreading faster than 5 mph; probablly about 10-15 mph.
  6. steveair

    steveair Senior Member
    Messages: 176


    I am not sure how well the electric's work, and in fact can't say I have never seen one, so I would have to assume they are probably not all that efficient.

    As for gas sanders, I guess they are more of a standard, but still a pain and seem to be a never ending maintenance problem. We have two gas V-boxes, and it seems we have to keep are fingers crossed each time we go to start up that aux. motor. Nothing but problems.

    Why on earth they would put a Briggs on something you have to depend on beats me. We just had to replace the stator and flywheel on a 8.5 HP briggs on our 2 YEAR old spreader that probably has maybe 2 hrs of run time on it. To top it off, the 8.5 is a special motor built just for spreaders, so parts are hard to come buy. You can't just open up Northern Tool and order a new one. They are special order only.

    With this past experience, we are are going to go all hydraulic from now on. The whole aux motor thing seems somewhat foolish anymore, but, I guess if you are on a budget (which believe me, we are not), then I would probably stick with a gas model over an electric.

  7. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 480

    I am looking into an electric spreader for my new truck. Check out this one http://www.sandspreader.com

    boba: What town are you in??


    [Edited by gene gls on 01-15-2001 at 10:38 PM]
  8. eskals

    eskals Member
    Messages: 40

    Wow! Check out that V-box they have mounted on a Gator. :cool: It is 2/3 yd. capacity and really short. It looks pretty wild. I didn't think that a Gator could handle that much weight.

  9. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    actually the electric is more efficient than a gas powered spreader. It uses the material much more efficiently. The spread mattern is much beeter, ans better dispersal of material. Overall they are much better than gas in all respects.
    For your situation Bob, I beleive you have roads, but they dead end, so just sand in both directions at 10-15 mph, and that should sovle your dilema.
    Get the electric, or spring for the extra doe, and get honda power.
  10. cut-rite

    cut-rite Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Gene gls, this sander is the one I have right now, I wouldn't recomend that company from my experience. brad
  11. boba

    boba Senior Member
    Messages: 110


    What was the problem with your sander?
  12. cut-rite

    cut-rite Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Most of the problems were design flaws that could have been repaired with more testing. I have had unit 1 year about 100 yards of sand. Brakedowns include : bearings, sprockets, weld nuts,motor plates,deflecters and chains.
    This wouldnt be so bad if it didn't take 3to 4 tries to get the right part from them. I actualy like the sander , it's the company that bothers me

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    i believe my spreader is the same mentioned "easy sand"

    fits on an insert dump, the thing is really sturdy,spreads well with wet salt or dry lugs the battery down a bit but would buy another

    only problem is that with a 3/4 ton my capacity is not much usually load around 1.5 to 2 ton , and go would be better with duals