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HELP - Western 1000 tailgate spreader

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by Meehan47, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. Meehan47

    Meehan47 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have a 1000 tailgate spreader. I just changed the motor, replaced the belt end of last year, new control box.

    My problem is that the red light keeps blinking when I go to start it. I may know the problem, but want some opinions.

    End of last year, I decided to weld 2 skinny (about 3/8 diameter) stainless bolts on the shaft to help agitate the salt. Can those 2 bolts cause the motor to bogg down?

    Also, the salt I am using is bagged salt but has large pieces in it. Some pieces are maybe half the size of a dime.

    Can the combo of the bolts and large spreader cause the red light to blink?

    I checked the wiring and connections, its getting the correct amount of power.

  2. blaryslawn

    blaryslawn Member
    Messages: 70

    check the bearing on the bottom of the spreader.... they will "freeze up" from sitting
  3. Plowfixguys

    Plowfixguys Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Will the light blink when you run it empty? Whats the condition of the wiring? If the unit has been on the truck for a few years maybe your getting resistance in the harness.
  4. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    I would also check the bearing. Thats the only thing I've had to replace on my unit.
  5. beezil

    beezil Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 16

  6. Dodge Plow Pwr

    Dodge Plow Pwr Senior Member
    Messages: 568

    If this is happening when it's full, I would say the bolts because it doesn't take anything to jam these 1000's up. Also it will not spread inconsistant salt bigger than #2 Bagged Rock salt. My 1000 will NOT run anything except for bagged and IF you bought the safety salt from Home Deopt that stuff jams the spreader ALL the time.