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if you were going to buy a salter what would you buy?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by EquityGreen, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. EquityGreen

    EquityGreen Member
    Messages: 31

    I'm putting a salter on my 07 Chevy 3500 hd diesel and I would like to know what works best for you guys. I looked at western tornado, swenson polyhawk and a few others. I like the idea of a gas motor in case the truck goes down but how hard are they to start in freezing temps? Any and all insight would be appreciated!
  2. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    All of our v-boxes have gas engines, never have a problem starting in the cold, if worse comes to worse and you park inside start it when you leave the shop, it will run for about 2 hours on a tank
  3. EquityGreen

    EquityGreen Member
    Messages: 31

    How loud is your motors? This engine I'm debating on is a 10.5 briggs. Just don't want to wake up the neighborhood
  4. straightlinelan

    straightlinelan Member
    Messages: 53

    we got our first v-box salters last year after 15years of plowing/salting. We got 2 snowex and really liked them. We have the 7550 and 8550 and they both worked well. For your truck, i would recommend the 8550.
  5. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,541

    Stainless Electric V-box, more expensive, but worth the coin. I liked my airflo, I really like my new smith! Thumbs Up
  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    I am now the opposite, I like electric driven motors. They're not loud at all vs. gas motors you can hear from a couple blocks away. It's your preference, I chose a poly DownEaster and love it just wish it would have came with a cover lid like Fisher/Western. One thing you need to do no matter what you buy is keep it covered so snow doesn't get in it. If your doing places like condo's or apartment's you might want to consider an electric unit, they all spread the same just less noise and moving parts.
  7. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,949

    Stainless Steel, Gas powered by Briggs and Stratton, Flip up chute, custom fit tarp, with rear lights w/ wired controller.
  8. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 391

    The gas motors really are not that loud. I have had problems starting them in the cold. My dealer recently pointed out a little tube that he says should be wrapped in insulation, and claims that by doing so, it will drastically improve cold temperature starting. The gas tanks on the gas engines are ridiculously small. I added external fuel tanks this year.
  9. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    What exactly is this tube you speak of?
  10. EquityGreen

    EquityGreen Member
    Messages: 31

    Bump plz any suggestions would be great!
  11. Rich Graz

    Rich Graz Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Go with a poly salter, stainless steel is older technology. I would never go with a salter thats not electric. Remember the less moving parts the better. I like SnowEx but western and fisher offers some nice poly spreaders that have a conveyor belt (which means more moving parts) but I will probably purchase. Gas salters are used by government and contractors that have yet to update or not moving up with technology. I like to be as modern as possible, especially when purchasing new equipment. Stainless steel spreaders in the next coming years will become a thing of the past.

    best of luck
  12. battags

    battags Member
    Messages: 65

    I happened to run into a Western sales rep in town yesterday and got to see one of the Tornados up close. I must say, I was impressed! Nice unit with some great features. I currently have a snow-ex 8000 and had nothing but problems the first year. I will go with a poly for sure as the lighter weight units are less likely to overload my trucks.
  13. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    Stainless electric Snoway. Flip up chute and only one motor.As far as stainless being outdated I think that is bull. The poly spreaders have a steel frame which rots out too. If a stainless one lasts for a long long time who cares if it doesnt look like the latest fad. I am one to buy a spreader that will last and do the job and do it for a reasonable price.
  14. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,541

    That, and they get dang near the same prices for plastic as for Stainless, which makes absolutely no sense considering the cost of stainless steel! :eek:
  15. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Actually they are charging more for the poly spreaders then the stainless. $200 or so. Your right that is weird.
  16. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,541

    One more thing. Hit that plastic spreader with the loader you get to buy a new one, stainless can be bent straight and welded. Thumbs Up
  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,034

    Stainless is a no brainer over poly. As far as technology goes I'm not sure what's different on a V box besides drive options. We have an 8 yard spreader that is 30 years old and it still works the same or better then a new one.
  18. vinnys

    vinnys Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    I run a 1997 Henderson 8' stainless steel with a 8 hp. gas Briggs. Can't be beat and still looks good. I run about 20 to 30 tons through it a year. Grease, grease and more grease. Then add a few cans of Fluid Film and your set. Maintenance is key! Wash and service the thing and it will last forever. Heard horror stories about electric motors rusting from he inside out due to condensation. Not a big fan of real cold plastic. Saw a few that cracked. I guess they have there place, just not in my truck.
  19. slc12345

    slc12345 Member
    from CT
    Messages: 54

    Downeaster Sanders have been good for us, we run 1-3yd, 1-5yd,1-2yd,1 replacement tailgate and just ordered a 6yd, I love that they have so many sizes to choose from, all lengths and sizes for any application you can think of, so far they have been almost trouble free and very happy with them. All are stainless and two are electric the tailgate and the 2yd.
  20. r1anz

    r1anz Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 8

    You said Gas incase the truck goes down. can't spread salt with gas or electric on broken truck.