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Homemade salter control

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by hutch17, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. hutch17

    hutch17 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I found a used magnum s575p salter for 250 bucks by me but it needs a controler. What can I use to make a controller? The guy says he hooks it to a jump box and it runs for 30 sec and stops. The dealer I talked to says that's because it dosent have a controller. Can anyone help me out? I don't want to shell out 450 bucks for a controller just to make this salter work.
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Switch, and a relay. But it'll be on high all the time
     
  3. hutch17

    hutch17 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks for the reply. I'd like to have some kind of variation so I'm not wasting salt.
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    As far as I know, and from what I have read, that's not gunna happen with a homemade unit.
     
  5. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,419

    Put a dimmer on it LOL I doubt its going to work tho
     
  6. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 165

    It will !! I have one one a homemade foam cutting hotwire. Same theory as an adjustable speed controller from say a model railroad set or slot car controller from the good ole days :D
     
  7. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    Run on high...control the flow by restricting
     
  8. hutch17

    hutch17 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Would that actually work?
     
  9. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,419

    I think it should
     
  10. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    That's all a/c voltage.
     
  11. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 165

    Ya, didn't think of that. What about a rotary dimmer switch from like napa or an auto store, same principal
     
  12. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Won't handle the amps needed.
     
  13. hutch17

    hutch17 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Well couldn't I use a rotary switch and some type of relay?
     
  14. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    The relay is either open or closed, not sure how you could wire them both up
     
  15. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,423

    the ac dimmer should work, it handles 15 ac amps, a lot of them have dc ratings on them also

    could also use toggles with resistors like a heater blower setup
     
  16. hutch17

    hutch17 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I was thinking about a heater setup but I don't know what kind of vehicle would have the one I need. I can just go to autozone and tell them I need a heater switch they'll look at me like I have 3 heads
     
  17. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,898

    This would be much much easier. Don't complicate something simple.
     
  18. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    A blower system works by ground resistors. So you'd need the resistor to. And the connector, and need to cool the resistor.
    But before you go investing in anything, you should find out how many amps the Salter pulls LOADED with salt. I think you'd be surprised. I'm guessing upwards of 40amps
     
  19. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,419

    ac dimmer switch should work . I remember rigging one up into a buddys e150 van because he has no blower control and it worked.
     
  20. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    That's not the same as a Salter motor. Blower motors don't pull as near as many amps as a Salter