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Hopper trap door Solinoid

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Diesel_brad, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    Hey guys. I am looking to remotely operate the trap door on my homemade spreader. RIght no I have to get in/out of the truck anytime I want to start/stop the spreader to open/close the door.

    I was looking at some diesel injector pump fuel shut off solenoids but worried how long they would last with the salt.

    Anyone have any suggestions for one off of a production spreader that is easily adaptable?
     
  2. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    An air cylinder. Get a portable air tank or a small bottle of nitrogen to run it.
     
  3. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    I already have electric there. Why would I complicate things by putting an air cal there?
     
  4. Rat_Power_78

    Rat_Power_78 Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    Pics of your setup would help. Try Surplus Center for a linear actuator maybe?
     
  5. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    You are worried about salt and a solenoid right?

    You have to move something up and down or back and forth remotely correct?

    You could run some type of cable linkage - cheap but probably unreliable
    You could run an air setup - a bit more expensive but works like a charm
    You could run a linear actuator - even more expensive and you are worried about salt and electronics
    You could run some hydro set up - way more expensive unless it's already there, but works like a charm

    The use of air/hydro to move things is so much in use, it's proven tech even in harsh enviroments. Since you probably don't have a compressor on your truck, Nitrogen as a compressed air substitute is used at every race track in the world - I'd worry about moisture in an air tank.

    Running air line is virtually the same as running wire, probably costs less other than the fittings...........
     
  6. Diesel_brad

    Diesel_brad Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    I'll try to get some pics.

    it is just a guillotine type door