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Hydraulic under tailgate spreader to electric

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by bighornjd, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. bighornjd

    bighornjd Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    I just bought a single axle medium duty dump truck and I am considering setting it up for snow removal and ice management. I already use a pickup and have work for the dump if I get it together but money is tight. I can get a couple used steel hydraulic spreaders for practically nothing other than needing some TLC. My truck doesn't have central hydraulics though. The dump bed runs off a air-shift PTO hyd. pump. I was told this type of hydraulic system is not ideal for running a spreader. Is this true or does anyone else do this? Also, has anyone converted a hydraulic type spreader to electric and if so how hard and expensive would it be? Trying to weigh my options. I'm even considering a liquid set-up at this point. Thanks
     
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Converting to electric would be very expensive, couple of motors a gear reduction unit (if you do not already have one) all the wiring harness and a control. You are looking at a thousand dollars for just the wiring. By the time you buy all the parts you need you would be close to the sale price of one of these.
    http://www.saltdogg.com/Salt_Spreader/92440SSA.html
     
  3. bighornjd

    bighornjd Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    How about if I did this?

    Use one of these:
    http://http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200329758_200329758

    And one of these:
    http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200338883_200338883

    and running the necessary lines and fittings. The existing hydraulic resorvoir is like 15+ gallons so I could tie into it. My biggest concern is the power unit probably doesn't flow near enough however I have no idea what the motors on the spreader require. It's rated at 1.4 GPM at 1600psi. I know the flow would be more at lower pressure but how do I determine that? What flow rate and pressure do most spreaders need? If i could be set up for salting this year for under 1k I'd be happy. If I have to upgrade down the road that is understandable but for now i just need something that will work. I don't know if this is it or not. This would be to run the spreader only. I'm looking for a standalone type electric over hydraulic setup for a plow. I know the ease of use factor is pretty undesirable with this but I would be the one running it so I'm not to concerned with that. I am a pretty good operator and used to running junk things that require 3 feet 4 hands and lots of cussing to make work, lol.

    Is this idea possible or am I still going to be stuck spending a lot more money?
     
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Well you need one of thesehttp://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...8883_200338883 regardless if you want to use hydraulic. As for the other thing:laughing: there is no free lunch.
     
  5. bighornjd

    bighornjd Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    It says the page doesn't exist, not sure what you posted a link of...

    As for a free lunch, i know what you mean - I was hoping for at least fast food?:rolleyes:
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    I reposted your valve manifold link.