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Looking for the best small spreader for sand/salt how about smith Mini Max

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by upst8ny, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. upst8ny

    upst8ny Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Any one using a smith mini max.


    I want to be able to spread sand/salt and was wondering what the thoughts were on the auger feed setup on these.

    Im looking to put this in a shortbox while keeping my toolbox in place
    I also tow with this regularly so I like the flip up chute that these have.

    also are the dual controls on the electric units worth the extra and if so why.

    Any help or input would be appreciated
  2. upst8ny

    upst8ny Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Well I guess I will be the first one using one , ordered it today
  3. My bowtie

    My bowtie Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Which one did u get? Do you plan on spreading only salt, or a sand/salt mix? Let us know how you like it when the flakes start flyin
  4. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    use an 8-tonner haha
  5. upst8ny

    upst8ny Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I went with the 60" mini max (1/2yd) with the optional dual control. I Plan on running about a 20%salt/sand mix. Im going to be loading with a kubota kx121 .
  6. CreativeEarth

    CreativeEarth Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    how do you like the spreader? I was thinking about the same model.
  7. vincent

    vincent Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    Don't mind me asking, but how much did it cost?
  8. CreativeEarth

    CreativeEarth Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I got a price today on a 60" unit for $2500 + tax
  9. vincent

    vincent Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    What kind of truck are you putting it in?

    Thats seems really reasonable on price for stainless.
  10. CreativeEarth

    CreativeEarth Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    It is going on a 2000 f350 diesel regular cab with 8' box.
    The only reason I am getting one this small is that I have a fuel tank/toolbox in the bed and only have 66" in the bed. I only have a few accounts that need salt/sanding.
    They also have an extension to the hopper to make it hold a full yard instead of just a 1/2 yard. I am going to try out just the 1/2 yard size and go from there.
  11. glfredrick

    glfredrick Member
    Messages: 33

    When I saw the title of this thread, I thought that you might be looking for something other than a truck-based spreader. We're using pull-behind fertilizer spreaders and like them. We're on a campus, and they work great in parking lots. We can cover more ground quicker with one of these behind the XUV than any other method. We have two truck-mounted spreaders that will probably be for sale soon... Cost of the pull behinds is in the $800 range. Cost for a new motor for the truck spreader was $1600... :dizzy:

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    my buddy has this spreader and loves it, ill be buying one for next year.
    Fast-Cast 550 1/3 Yard Spreader
    3.75 HP Briggs & Stratton gasoline vertical shaft engine
    Electric clutch spinner and conveyor control
    Light weight aluminum hopper
    Wear resistant bolt-on 304 stainless floor
    Rugged belt over chain conveyor system
    Adjustable conveyor take-up bearings
    Adjustable material deflectors
    Spreading width from 4 ft. to 24 ft.
    Tie down kit includes eye bolts and (4) ratchet straps
    In-cab control panel (on/off motor switch and on/off conveyor switch)
    14" Spinner disc
    Adjustable material discharge gate
    Hopper weight capacity: 500 pounds
    Hopper weight empty: 250 pounds
  13. My bowtie

    My bowtie Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    glfredrick..What make/modle tow behinds you have? I'm doing two small HOA's. I can store a pile of sand/salt at each place, so a tow behind would work well. How much sand do the hold? any links to the manufactures? Thanks for any info.....
  14. glfredrick

    glfredrick Member
    Messages: 33

    We're using this one from Tractor Supply:


    And, a similar one that we purchased from John Deere (Frontier) that works, but is not as good a spreader as the Tractor Supply model.

    Neither would be high-speed road worthy. We use ours in a campus setting. We do greatly prefer them to truck-mounted spreaders, however. Behind a JD XUV, they cover more ground faster, and waste less salt. Their low spread outlet also helps somewhat to get under cars in parking areas. They are both light enough, however, to toss up on the back of a truck. A set of ramps would allow one man to easily load them for transport.

    We are also using one of these units (Meyer Mate):

    Last edited: Mar 20, 2009
  15. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    So after a season of using this how do you like it?