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getting a sander?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by LeadDogg, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    so im going out later today to check out a few used sanders. im looking for a 2 or 3 yard and i found a few pretty cheap on craigslist. i also have a few dealers i am going to stop by and take a look around. as far as the used ones, ive never purchased a spreader. anything that ive needed sand/salt for has not been big enough to buy my own, i always had a buddy do it. just curious if there is anything i should really look for or stay away from. like anyone else i would love a stainless unit but that will be dependent on what i find for prices and such. any advice would be good. i looked around the site for a bit and didnt seem much by way of what i asked... if i missed something just point me in the right direction
     
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    pay the premium for a SS unit. Otherwise you're going to have to replace it every 3-4 years with mild steel. If buying a used unit you want to make sure you get a complete setup with controls, make sure the controls work and are not bound up if its an old cable operated unit. Might want to look for a newer unit that is electric clutch/throttle/choke/remote start. Whatever you do make sure you see it run in person. If you have to replace the drag chain or new motor you're going to spend a lot of time and money and would be better off buying something nicer to begin with.

    what size truck are you putting a 2-3yd'er in? 2yd is fine for a 1ton. 3yd is definitely pushing it for a 1ton.
     
  3. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    so i just went to 3 local dealers and here is the scoop. of the 3, only one of them was helpful and somewhat interested in my business. the western dealer was part of the chevy dealer and that guy was an a$$ so i ended up leaving before hearing what his prices were. the other guy wanted $5300 for the SS salt dogg 1.8 yd. the next guy i saw had the same thing for 4,250 and im seriously considering that. it seems like a nice unit and i like the design much more than the swenson spreader he had. i do realize that 3 yd is a little big but when i was looking at used ones they seemed to be pretty close in price so i didnt really care. now looking into a new one i would go with 2 yd. i like the design of the salt dogg and the guy is willing to give me the chainbinders, a cover, and install it for 4,250. reasonable to me. any input?
     
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    sounds like a decent deal. I paid ~$4600 for a my SS unit with a swing-away chute. I haven't seen a SD unit up close, but they appear to be an up and coming company.
     
  5. DMills33

    DMills33 Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 5

    were abouts in NH are you? im looking to get a spreader as well. ive heard good things about sleepers in concord but havent had time to do any shopping. let me no.
     
  6. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    I live in manchester but all the places i have looked were in concord. dont bother with banks chevy, the guy is an ass and really needs a good beating. i went to e w sleepers and they had almost anything you want. anything from tailgate to 10 yards... the guy is pretty nice and willing to help you out but from what ive seen around everything they had was a few hundred more than the competition. they will install the unit but they want $400. the place i will probably buy mine from is just down on rt. 106 (towards concord not loudon if coming from 393) the address is 94 sheep davis rd, pembroke NH and the name is Howard P. Fairfield. they are a municipal specialist so they can hook you up with just about anything you will ever need for snow removal. really nice guys and like i said a pretty good price. what size / brand are you looking for? anything specific or just lookin?
     
  7. DMills33

    DMills33 Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 5

    im form manch also i actually called banks today and that guy needs a good beating not helpful at all asked him a few questions and he completely blew me off. i was looking at a tailgate spreader the fisher sandpro but after i talked to sleepers they said for the extra few hundred go for the poly spreader i wouldnt out grow it, thats its well worth it. so now im in the middle of what i want. i also called langs out on the sea cost they were helpful but there price was high. what are you looking at?
     
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    the carbon steel will last longer than 3-4 years

    for the price difference i cant justify SS, if you figure the price difference with interest i can afford to throw to it out more often and start fresh with a whole new unit IMO
     
  9. MJM Landscaping

    MJM Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 259

    I have a Snoway Stainless sander for sale, Im in maine. This will be the 4th year on it. Great shape, 10.5 briggs, Hand held in cab controls. $2500.00 Short rear chute, top cover included.
     
  10. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    My Swenson Lo-Pro is about 8 years old, carbon steel and have had no problems. We spread salted sand only. We keep up on maint./touch-up/repair on the unit. Will easily last 10-12 years I think. Maybe longer if I break the welder out if it needs it eventually.
     
  11. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    MJM - i have not purchased anything yet... i am waiting on a last minute contract to see if i will have adequate work for it. i am interested is seeing what you have if you would like to email me some pictures that would be awesome. my email is avolckmann89@gmail.com and if you could tell me the town you are in so i can see how many miles you are from me that would be great. you did not mention the size.. im assuming you saw that i was looking at a 2 yrd and took that into consideration.
     
  12. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    Dmills33 - how much plowing do you do in manchester? it seems like you are just gettin started seeing as you are lookin at a tailgate unit... what do you plow with? do you have a company or do you just do a few drives?
     
  13. DMills33

    DMills33 Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 5

    i got an F-250. i do 12 drives and 2 bank lots that arent too big. ive been working for a guy the last 5 yrs that does about 8-10 drives and 3 business. i mentioned to him the thought of a tailgate spreder and thats all i really looked at but the more info i get the more im leaning towards a real one. im not at all familiar with spreaders so when i talked to sleepers last week they gave me a lot of useful info. but im still very new and just looking for as much info as i can get now