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jammed salt hopper-help

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Kathy, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Kathy

    Kathy Junior Member
    from 45247
    Messages: 4

    jammed salt hopper-help-clumping salt

    Any suggestions on how to prevent the salt my V box (gas engine)from clumping up? Right now I have one of my men shoveling one of them completely empty of salt. The other one is one the way back to the shop jammed too. We can hear the motors running but no salt is coming out. We have heavy sleet and rain predicted for the next several hours followed by snow. We have them tarped but there is still a lot of moisture in the air. Anything that can be added or sprayed on the might help?
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  2. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    post make and model of spreader. electric motor or gas engine?
     
  3. Whitey

    Whitey Member
    Messages: 43

    Are they steel boxes with steel conveyors in the bottom? I have had luck with a big torch heating up the bottom or if iI am on site I keep fire starter logs in the truck to place under the box after about ten minutes they break loose.
     
  4. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,985

    BFH works good from inside box if little or no salt and sttel box
     
  5. Kathy

    Kathy Junior Member
    from 45247
    Messages: 4

    clarification

    I think I asked the question improperly. Hopefully this is clearer.
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Are you dumping right into the hopper? Is there a screen on top to break up the lumps?
     
  7. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,985

    Ahh I see now, nothing that I am aware of. best advise I can give is leave them empty if you can, load right before you leave and drive on salt to break up as best you can before loading. You can tarp the sander if its empty to keep snow/rain out . Keep your bult pile tarped as well.
     
  8. Kathy

    Kathy Junior Member
    from 45247
    Messages: 4

    We have a screen. We are looking for a product or additive. We understand there is some chemical that can be ordered from Colorado. We want to find somethng we can get locally.
     
  9. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    does the lower chain move? the one in the bottom? does the spinner move?
    45247 helps us none. were are you.
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Soak it down with Fluid Film.
     
  11. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    45247 would be Cincy Ohio there kip.

    I'm guessing they pre loaded the spreaders or didnt finish emptying them out after the last run and let them sit and now have a salt block in the shape of a v-box spreader going.
     
  12. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    aaww jeez crash, your so geographically intelligent. the salt block was my next question.

    the dream team rides again eh?
     
  13. Kathy

    Kathy Junior Member
    from 45247
    Messages: 4

    Sorry, I am new to this. We are in Cincinnati. I can't find any Fluid film dealers in the area. Any other suggestions? All parts of the V Box are working. The jam is occuring after we have done some spreading, not as we start. There is so much ice and freezing rain now that one of our plastic huts is coming down. Just a tremedous amount of moisture. Thanks for all your suggestions.
     
  14. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Its just that i have to right down the city state and zip for all the freight i pick up, getting good at remembering areas.

    And im not riding anywhere with you, ive seen you drive!!!!
     
  15. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377


    Are you running a inverted V in the spreaders?
     
  16. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    sound like it is clumping up. is the salt rock hard clumps? if not how is the tension on the belly chain? is the clutch slipping on the drive chain?
     
  17. sparky8370

    sparky8370 Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    I remember reading here once how some guys dumped a bunch of windshield washer fluid in there when it froze up.
     
  18. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 481

    I second this guess. Been there done that. You can not leave salt in a hopper or you end up with a big chunk.
     
  19. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    When you say clumping is the shoot bunging up? Or is everything turning and nothing coming out? You need to explain better? Tarped salt will go hard in a V Box if left outside for more then a day, even faster when very cold and salt is wet.
     
  20. Acmemechanic

    Acmemechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Sounds Like The Material Was Allowed to Get To Wet.The Bigger Municipal Spreaders Use Vibrators on The Box But They are Not cheap.I Think That The Material Quality or storage is The Issue.