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How and When do you clean salter?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by LuckyPlower, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Just curious on how everyone cleans their salter? after each use?

    I've heard some guys power wash and re-spray with a rust inhibitor after each use. While others let it cake on and deal with it in the spring.

    I have an under tailgate salter that I empty out after each use. On warmer days I wash it out with a hose. I've always thought washing it out when it's below zero wouldn't be a good thing.
     
  2. hammerstein

    hammerstein Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I have under tailgate and v box spreaders, always get emptied out and truck, spreaders get pressure washed and dried after each use. It is all done inside though. Usually spray stuff with fluid film every couple weeks.
     
  3. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Ditto above^^^
     
  4. MSsnowplowing

    MSsnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 711

    I try to wash my sander after each storm and regrease the chain.
    If not each storm, every other storm.
     
  5. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Inside out of the cold would be ideal. I'm stuck outside. Just straight cold water? backpack blower to dry?
     
  6. MSsnowplowing

    MSsnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 711

    Car wash the water is warm
     
  7. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 639

    clean mine out, try after every storm. sometimes life gets in the way. do it when i can. dont do it when i cant.
     
  8. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Anyone ever try a hot water power washer set up? I've been thinking of setting one up by the door to the shop.
     
  9. hammerstein

    hammerstein Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    All of mine are hot water. It's the only way to wash. Usually summer time we don't us the heat unless degreasing or washing concrete.
     
  10. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Thanks, Time for me to source one out.
     
  11. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Anyone have any tips for cleaning the aluminum on the poly salt doggs .

    Id like to clean it up
     
  12. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I clean my Swanson every nice day. But I grease and oil before each storm. Since I remove the spreader after each storm to clean the salt off my flat bed. I can take air and blow out the bottom side of the spreader. and since its a gas spreader I can run it out of the truck and that makes it nice.
    During off season I pull all chains let soak in a tub of half oil and half kerosene.
     
  13. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    My salt doggs have stainless on them, but not aluminum? Some good stainless cleaner does the trick.
     
  14. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Sorry wasn't thinking. Its in good shape just want to clean up the area where the chute pins into
     
  15. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Set it and forget it. I think washing them all the time is no good especially with a pressure washer getting the water into all the places water shouldn't.
     
  16. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Try Princess auto. They have some electric washers and I don't mean the cheap ones you buy at Cdn Tire or Home Depot. These are a different kind of cheap princess auto style. They use a big electric pump.
     
  17. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I see what your saying with that too. Thats why I came on here to see what people are doing. Power washing could be making a brine to get in every pore of the truck body/salter. Unless a really good job is done washing it could maybe hurt things a bit.
     
  18. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Was in there a week ago and saw some. I was a little scared. never even heard of the brands. might not be bad, I'm just a little hesitant.
     
  19. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Thats what "Paver Pete" says
     
  20. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    With my under tailgate, it gets cleaned out of all the salt, generally after each storm.

    I only wash it a couple of times a year.

    With the hydraulics, there isn't really any reason to wash it out constantly. The spreader is also stainless steel.

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