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Leveling off sand/ salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by GMCHD plower, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,819

    How many of you guys get up on top of the sander/spreader and level off the hump of sand/salt? P.S. Yes I know it's sort of a dumb question but I figured I'd ask.
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
  2. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
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  3. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    spreaders

    Its not a dumb question at all but wheres the tarp in all this?, dont you have steel tooth rake to do this and avoid slips and falls?


    :yow!::waving:
     
  4. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,819

    I'm talking about to level it before putting the tarp on... Reason I say getting on top is because that's how I did it helping my gf's dad. So I was just seeing who else did it.
     
  5. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I do it if I will be doing any kind of distance traveling........no need to have salt blowing away
     
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I overfill mine and never level it or tarp it.We arent required to tarp here
     
  7. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
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    This brings up my next question how many of you guys do it with a "flat top" like this Pic #1.... Or a grated on like pic #2

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    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
  8. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Those links don't work
     
  9. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,819

    There you go fixed it.
     
  10. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    All of Ares are flat topped, but Ive seen the graded ones, rarely and the guys have them ovrloaded
     
  11. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,819

    So with flat topped ones you guys don't normally level them off, or do you just not do it in general no matter if it's graded or flat?
     
  12. Dewey

    Dewey Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    I have a flat top.... and I do level it off before I leave yard.... I only tarp it if I'm going to leave it in very long ....if it's a quick trip no tarp..
     
  13. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 153

    With my conventional flat 8', if going out for a bunch of places, load till running off the sides, get in truck, drive to jobs.
     
  14. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    I have 8" side extensions on my Sno-ways, they are always loaded heaping full unless there is a mix of rain/snow then I load them level so we can tarp them. My 6yd Curtis I heap it all the time, rarely do we tarp it.
     
  15. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    I generally level it off then cover it.
     
  16. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    After loading salt we get right up on the bumper of the trucks and level it off with a rake and then we put the cover on. We had custom covers made for our spreaders to keep the crap out. It works very well and they are holding up very well. We can also leave it heap a little and the cover still fits over the salt just fine. It will flatten out as the salt level goes down.
     
  17. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I have the flat top and fill it to about a foot over the top or until it spills off
     
  18. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    This is one of those anal retentive things huh! I have one or two guys working for me that I notice always level off the salt. It doesn't matter whether its in my flat top V-Box, or in the back of the dump. I think it must make them feel better about it! Personally I don't think it make a difference in the V-Boxes. In the Dumps, if the load isn't somewhat level it can obviously cause problems!
     
  19. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    i level it off when im driving for collin in the gmc dump only because he has like 2 foot side board extentions so we can haul up to 3 yards in a 2 yrd spreader and thats just so i know its full to the brim as far as my spreader i dont we put 1 1/2-2 yds in a 1.3 yard spreader so theres no flattening it
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2010
  20. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    This is how i roll. I even took the doors off so i can leave it piled high. It was higher but i did spread some.

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