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Need a spreader, small truck...bulk salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by aloe, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    My business has grown & I've found myself in need of a salter. I have been hand spreading bulk salt treated with magic liquid (self treated). I've come to the conclusion I will need a vibrator for whatever Salter I choose.

    I'm considering a Curtis fast cast 550 with a gas engine. It's the small 1/3 yard hopper. I like this one for multiple reasons....small, still have some bed space, can remove with 2 people & can run bulk.

    Also, a sNoway 6' TG spreader. Adjustable spreader direction! Motor up & away from the salt & a belt will go first before a motor or transmission. Will need a vibrator tho. Also it's a one man job to install or remove. This would be perfect for one L shaped property on the corner of a very busy intersection!!

    Both are affordable for me & yes the money is a deciding factor....as is weight & ability to spread what I need.

    Anyone have any opinions???
     
  2. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Get as big of a Salter that you can fit/afford. You can grow into a bigger Salter, but not a smaller one. Also, go electric. Just my opinion.
     
  3. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    My truck is an 05 tacoma. Think those are the biggest or close. The engine on the Curtis is blown & comes with a replacement engine at no extra cost. Was considering an electric motor swap
     
  4. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,873

    I was going to say that also BUT it is nice to have a big one for a 1ton etc and a smaller one for a smaller more limber pickup as an option. If you are going to be a one truck show and not grow then yeah go as big as you can now.
     
  5. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    For now I'm a 1 truck, 1 man show. May need to hire a laborer this season tho. Toyota will be replacing my frame soon! So I'm on the fence about selling this truck as it handles the narrow drives & small comm. lots easily.
     
  6. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,025

    Saltdogg 3/4 or 1 yard v-box hopper spreader. They're designed for 1/4 ton trucks such as yours.
     
  7. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Where in new york are you? I have a fast cast 550 for sale, everything works as it should, also has a spare motor from a tiny pressure washer I had.
     
  8. RMGLawn

    RMGLawn Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    If you don't want a Vbox look into a Salt Dogg TGS07. I have one on my f150 and really like it. I built a wood box to have bulk dumped in my bed then shovel it into the salter
     
  9. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Albany area. Travel to eastern LI frequently.
     
  10. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Almost bought a snowex sp3000 on eBay. Guy was just south of me. I asked if he would sell it locally & he said no. Next day, sold locally :/
     
  11. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    I saw one on CL. It looked a bit bulky...wasn't sure if it would have been too much hanging off the receiver. With saltdogg.....are their entry level salters different quality from their others like the TGS07.
     
  12. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

  13. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
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    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
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  15. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Looks nice!!
     
  16. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    The only reason we took it out was we upgraded to a 2 yard
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  17. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    That hopper looks huge!! I'm guessing these small v box spreaders don't get removed until the end of winter.
     
  18. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Plows and sanders stay on trucks till April.
     
  19. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    i have a saltdogg shpe 2000 that runs bulk salt, its pretty big, i bought it last year knowing i didnt need to fill it so i only filled it halfway, this year i almost doubled my salting route so now i fill it all the way, if the truck can handle a larger salter i would do it, but if not just buy a tailgate spreader. They're easy to use and the saltdogg aloe posted is one of the ones i have and it works great! i just would recommend buying a off the market controller immediately.
     
  20. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    I like the V box for obvious reasons. I also like the TG spreaders bc they can be removed. Idk, guess I'll have to look at them both.