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HELP! Buyers TGS01A tailgate spreader

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by mickman, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. mickman

    mickman Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    Since I bought this spreader new, It runs about 5-10 seconds, then shuts off.
    reset it, & it keeps doing the same thing. It will will run forever when empty!
    I bought the Buyers low profile last year for my other truck & never had a problem.
    I changed ground wire location, but didn't help.
  2. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Make sure ALL your electrical connections are CLEAN. That is a big issue with these. Corrosion enters the wire, spreads, and causes resistance, thus tripping the breaker.

    If thats all good, it could be the motor. But since you say it works when empty, leads me to believe its wiring related.
  3. mickman

    mickman Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    Thanks for your input. They never give you enough wire. So I have to splice another wire [which is more heavier gage]I will go over everything because there is some corrosion. It has to be something simple.
  4. R-Team Ent.

    R-Team Ent. Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Buyers Salt Spreader issue


    First time reply and new to this site. I am having the same issue with My Buyers Salt Spreader, curious did you get this resolved? If so what was the issue??
  5. mickman

    mickman Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    No I haven't. It runs fine when hopper is empty. Loaded, it stops after 5-10 seconds. My wire hook up in rear looks black, so I'm going to order another wire harness. If that doesn't work, I'm going to back it into a wall at about 50mph. :cry: My Buyers low profile runs great, no problems. But I am going to go over entire wiring. Going to try changing to another keyed fuse.
    Let me know if you figure out problem, ditto here.
  6. R-Team Ent.

    R-Team Ent. Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    :( Well, I finally got a chance to use my spreader and test out the changes I had done.... guess what it still continues to have problems. I replaced the ground wire with thicker gage. Cleaned all ground ends and reconnected. The spreader still will need to be reset if I use it at setting higher then 3. At 3 it's ok but anything higher will trip the reset button?:dizzy:
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    You may have a bad rheostat or breaker in the control box. I know it's new but I've gotten more then one bad part new out of the box. Try throwing in another control and see if that works.
  8. R-Team Ent.

    R-Team Ent. Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    :confused: Basher, Is this issue common with the TGS05* low profile spreader as well??
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    Common with buyers products in general. :gunsfiring: I've had new out of the box Meyer type pumps you couldn't turn with a 12" adj. wrench, controls that don't control, and bottles of blue fluid that were slushly when first opened (we store in an unheated warehouse.) I guess you get what you pay for. I have quit using many of their products because of these issues. Let my competitors sell the failure prone, My stuff may not be the cheapest, but I'm not fixing it and listening to customers bit#$ while the snow falls.
  10. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Are you all using 30amp breakers/fuses?
  11. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

    Run a direct line from a switch I use no controller on 2 trucks full speed for those the others do the spot work but to tell you the truth i seldom use low speeds..
  12. ~Zombie~

    ~Zombie~ Junior Member
    Messages: 1


    I have the same spreader with all the same problems just got it runnig today ends up that auger gets bound up easily and shuts it down I losened the 4 bolts on the barring plate then put a light on the floor shining up look inside hopper make sure gap is equal all the way around and tighten bolts back
  13. KINNCO

    KINNCO Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    keep me updated..I was just getting ready to buy one :confused:
  14. kfritts

    kfritts Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    i had a problem with my buyers, that when empty it seemed to work fine, but when loaded it didn't seem to turn. i didn't get a stall reading but i never let it go longer than a few seconds. turned out the problem was the set screw on the spin disk was loose and the shaft was spinning inside the disk---lock tite fixed that
  15. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    I just had this same problem with my Western 1000.

    I thought it ate a belt and was pleasantly surprised when I opened it up and it was only a loose set screw on the shaft.

    I used the lock-tite as well.
  16. premier homes

    premier homes Member
    Messages: 68

    First of all, Throw away your fancy garbage controller and wire a switch to a solenoid to your spreader and run full speed or no speed and your problems will be over.:dizzy: