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Leaving Salt/Sand In Spreader

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by TurfSolutionsMN, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    I purchased a new Salt Dogg this year. I was wondering If I could keep my 75/25 Sand/salt mix In the spreader for a few days at a time and if it would be hard on the augor or anything else. Its kept in a heated shop & always covered. It wouldn't be a big deal to unload it but I have to drive 6 miles to where my pile is, the pile is also stored inside.
     
  2. StoneDevil

    StoneDevil Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    if it a heated garage and covered i dont see a reason for un loading it
     
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Not gonna hurt a thing.
     
  4. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    Thanks guys for your help!!
     
  5. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    You want the heat from the garage to prevent the load from freezing up however heat triggers corrosion. In other words, people think they are doing themselves a favor buy pulling the rig into a heated garage after a storm.

    It's like meat in the refrigerator, the colder it is, the longer it lasts.
     
  6. mfalc

    mfalc Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2

    leaving salt in spreader

    The only problem i see is that the auger is not made of stainless steel, so it would be subject to corrosion. Not sure why the auger isn't stainless steel.
     
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I dont think it is the heat as much as it is the moisture
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2009
  8. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    We always empty and clean when we are done, just did it for again for 3rd day in a row....safe rather then sorry. We store in heated garage also, but what you need to ask yourself is the 1/2 hour it takes to empty and clean it worth knowing it will work next time you need it? If not then leave it in there and IMO it will cause something not to work at sometime and what will that cost you? This is what we do with ours and we have a sub that has 8 salt trucks he does the same thing.
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    We've been leaving salt in ours for 10 years, there's 4 ton sitting in the one salt truck as we speak in our heated shop and we havn't had any problem. As soon as we pull out of the shop we run the conveyor just to make sure it moves freely and were off.