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electric sanders?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by wall's, Oct 14, 2002.

  1. wall's

    wall's Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Does anybody out there have an electric sander such as the downeaster? Can't decide on electric or gas? Any suggestions
  2. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I converted a gas spreader to electric after an incident with Downeaster. It is a 8ft model that I cut down to run on my Toyota. The conversion saved me some weight and allowed me to better balance the spreader.

    I have seen no real drawbacks. It is quiet, no maintenance and easier to control. One switch for power and then a simple speed control.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2002
  3. plowking35

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

    I have a smith electric unit, very similar to the downeaster model, and I wont go back to gas again. No maint issues, and no engines to worry about. Current draw is less than the headlights.
  4. Taconic

    Taconic PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 180

    We have 2 electric sanders and we like them alot more than the gas versions.Both units are the Downeaster 1.5 yard 8ft units.No headaches,easy maintenance(none) and they start everytime
  5. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    Electric sanders sound interesting. I am looking to purchase a new one this year, any links please?


    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
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  7. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    I talked to Downeaster yesterday.The largest electric unit they make is 2.5 yards add another 1/2 yard mounded so 3 total.

    The Downeaster only comes with an on/off switch no variable speed.They also told me you must drive slower about 4 or 5mph.
    I reminded him we could adjust the flow with the door and he agreed that we could probably drive a little faster.

    I still think electric over gas is best.
  8. plowking35

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

    And you can drive faster than 4-5 mph. Worst case I just go over an area 2x for full coverage. The apron chain speed is real slow 50-1 ratio, compared to like 25-1 for gas powered units. However i find that I use alot less material than in gas units,and get the same results.
  9. Taconic

    Taconic PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 180

    I gotta agree with Dino as we use less material with an electric as the ratio is half that of a gas version.And yes you can drive faster than 4mph and still get good results.We just bought 3 more for some of the malls we are doing this season.The dependability of these units is stggering compared to the gas.
  10. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,222

    I like the procaster hopper from fisher .but wish it was in an electric model.Be nice to just dump the left over than have to spin it out.
  11. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    I talked to Costal Metal Fab about the Electric Downeasters.

    Start up amp draw is 60 amps, drops to 40 amps while running.

    There is an option for $100.00, that has a discharge chute so you can empty the hopper with out having to run the spreader to "throw" the sand out.

    The rep. I talked to is emailing a list of distruibutors to me, if any one would like a copy of it send me an email.
  12. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    I received an email today from Dave Skaling regarding dealers.

    Sorry to say he did not send a list of all the distributors for the electric sanders, but I did recieve one distributor closest to me.


    Christensen Power Equipment
    9500 W. Manhattan - Monee Rd.
    Frankfort, Il. 60423