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how to spread salt with no truck spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by HouseHitter, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. HouseHitter

    HouseHitter Junior Member
    from zone 4
    Messages: 16

    does anyone use a push spreader for salt apps on drives or small lots? Do you just throw it in the back of your truck? Any tricks, do's don'ts?
     
  2. TNT Lawncare

    TNT Lawncare Member
    Messages: 96

    Fill up rubber maid tubs and scoop and throw with a big plastic cup or coffee container.
     
  3. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 575

    If you are going to use a push spreader, get a good one( Lesco for example). and buy the salt by the bag, it spreads easy in a push spreader.
    There is still some times that we still use that method.
    As far as putting bulk salt in your truck, I wouldn't. It tends to freeze up
    and is very hard to spread in a push spreader.
     
  4. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    The biggest problem with throwing salt from the truck is poor coverage. I would go with the push spreader and buy a good one that will last. Rubber tires for sure.
     
  5. gardenkeeper88

    gardenkeeper88 Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    yea

    Been doing it the last couple of years that way Now I have about 4smaller lots that will need it occasionly so i'm looking at a used hitch mount. the 1 advantage w/ spreaders are easy for 2-3 trucks each can have 1. I bought a Scotts last year in a pinch $65.00 has plastic wheels but other than that it worked great. Rubber wheels are best w/ ice. I'm working on that.
    My lesco does NOT work for ice melters. the agitater in the bottom doesn't move enough. lesco rep said that it isn't made to do melters.
     
  6. HouseHitter

    HouseHitter Junior Member
    from zone 4
    Messages: 16

    yeah I have a HD Lesco spreader. I have a Permagreen too but I think that would be a pain in the butt. Wouldnt do bulk salt in the truck. Does the salt in the rubber maid containers freeze up at all? Right now Im looking at bags. Easier price structure that way too. thanks guys
     
  7. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 575

    what kind of ice melt are you using?
    My sidewalk crews have been using Lesco spreaders with Ice melt products for 15 years with no problems.
     
  8. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    When I first got into plowing I had a customer who had a small lot that he wanted salted. I couldn't justify a tailgate spreader at the time so I bought a Earthway walk behind with rubber tires. 3 years later I still have it but use it to do sidewalks and driveways. I paid like $150.00 for it but it has held up real well and worth the money.

    Regards Mike
     
  9. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,715

    Just make sure you get rubber tires.....and dont go cheap!:)
     
  10. GTMS

    GTMS Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I have the Lesco HP125 stand on spreader and I'v done alot of lots with that one, we use a follower clean up truck with shovel men and the spreader. Works fine with bagged products.
     
  11. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    I had an agri-fab, bought it used at home depot rental centre for $100.00 It was the ultimate. Spread 30' easily, Highly recommend it!:nod: :nod:
     
  12. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    I was reading fast and I thought you said you had a 125 Horse power lesco spreader :drinkup:
     
  13. TNT Lawncare

    TNT Lawncare Member
    Messages: 96

    I still have salt in rubber maid tubs from last year. Still good as new.
     
  14. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I'd buy a 125 horsepower spreader. Of course, as soon as I did someone would come out with a 200 horse power model. Always happens to me.
     
  15. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Thinking about getting a walk behind, but I'm also thinking about a tailgate sander/spreader. I know the walk behinds won't throw mix, but has anybody ever tried to throw sand? I was wondering if maybe I could use it to throw bagged dry sand, like the stuff you buy in tubes for weight, or play sand. So it would be for salt mostly, but if you had to you could spread sand around too. Of course, those tubes always freeze up, so I don't know how you'd get dry, unfrozen sand anyway. Regular, non-mix sand still has too much moisture I guess. Just thinking.
    Any suggestions on how to convince customers they really don't want sand, that they just want salt or ice melter instead? Sometimes sand is the only way to go, when they need traction and can't wait. I really don't want to buy a sander. Well, I do, I just can't really afford one now. Unless maybe I let the mowing business buy it and write it off...
     
  16. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    Seen a slick little Snow Ex walkbehind spreader today, $550 CDN, Pretty pricy but real nice unit. Should be able to spread anything, must have a 2" opening at the bottom
     
  17. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    yeah, Meyers has those too, around $300 USD. I would go with an Agri-fab or Lesco, same thing for less money. Check Lowes or Home Cheapo
     
  18. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I bought a Epoke mini 2 weeks ago, $1200 Canadian, it better work perfectly.
     
  19. Snowman19

    Snowman19 Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    Get your backback blower, drop your tailgate, stick the salt on the tailgate (make sure to take it out of the bag first) and have someone drive the truck while you blow it off, It actually works and spreads it evenly.
     
  20. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Wow, now that is what I call creative! I've used the blower to clear off a little light snow before, but I never thought of spreading salt... I wonder if you could rig something up to the outlet so you could carry it around and shoot it like a sandblaster.