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Looking for a new v box spreader

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by cpmnate, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. cpmnate

    cpmnate Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Hey everyone I'm going to have to replace my hiniker v box spreader and wondering what experiences you all have had with various different machines. My current spreader is a chain gas driven unit and over the years we have had problems with frozen chunks of sand clogging up the unit and bridging in the hopper. We are only spreading sand/salt mix and even though we try to mix it thoroughly we inevitably get some frozen spots we have been looking at the new Hiniker 775 auger electric drive as we are being told it handles the frozen pieces much better my concerns are the electric drive and the auger feed system how much amp draw and delivery if anyone has any feed back I would greatly appreciate it Thank you and have a great thanksgiving
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    Threads on gas vers electric,,,chain vers auger. Try the salt section.
  3. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Boss VBX with drag chain Electric

    If i set up another it would be a Swenson Hydro
  4. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    I just got a Swenson electric SS V box with an auger. I think it's fantastic, I have only ran about 20 tons through it so far but no problems at all. I've used everything, gas, chains, hydro and even smaller electric units like the SnowEx. IMO, gas v-box work awesome when they work but have lots of problems and maintenance, under tailgate hydro units are bullet proof but are difficult to regulate the exact amount of salt flow and normally spread uneven, this new electric I have seems great, i'ts nice that you can adjust flow rate and spinner speed separately, regardless of vehicle RPMs like a hydro unit. Lastly, I have had no power issues, the electric motor seems more than strong enough. Let me know if you have any questions.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
  5. cpmnate

    cpmnate Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thank you for the response I have not looked at the Swenson brand, I think I should though do you think that the unit would process small semi frozen chunks or bind up? Does it seem to discharge enough product? Does it seem to draw down the electrical system to much? Thank you again for the response
  6. acs powerwash

    acs powerwash Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Electric Swenson

    Vaughn, what kind of throw do you get out of the Swenson?
  7. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    I normally have the auger setting at 4-5 and that's plenty. The spinner is set to 6 and spreads a full two lanes, so its one pass through the apartments and lanes. Both of them are 1-10 with a blast button. As far as draw on the truck I have not noticed anything, not even a dim in the headlights, it's on a Isuzu NPR HD 2003. Lastly as far as eating up big chunks, I have yet to have a lot of frozen salt so it's hard to tell but so far I do not anticipate any problems.