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poly spreader?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by JCPM, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 320

    Ok so the poly vbox spreaders have been out for a while, what do you guys think of them. My steel sno-way is about four years old and I would like to replace it next year with a poly/electric if they are really worth the price.
     
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I would look for stainless/electric. Poly is fine till you bump something and crack it. They are basically non-repairable.
     
  3. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    I would agree that stainless is the way to go if you have the bucks but the poly spreaders can be repaired. I have welded two of them with great results.
     
  4. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 320

    Honestly, stainless isn't more expensive.

    I like a lot of the features on the poly units. Such as the adjustable shute, the ease of removing the shute, being lighter than stainless, having built in doors on top and being able to store the unit vertically. I just wanted to know if the performance was as good as they advertise.

    Plus I think the extra capacity 2.5 yard units look cool as hell.
     
  5. gamberbull13

    gamberbull13 Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    My poly seems fine but its only a year old. I know I Guy tho that has one about 4years old or so with no damage and hebacked into a telephone pole with it last storm. Only damage was smashing the back up camera. Go figure: )
     
  6. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 320

    I looked at one in person and it didn't look to hard to strip down and replace the hopper if need be .
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2010
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    The electric units work fine. I doubt in ten years you'll even be able to get gas engines. Like the engine driven plow pumps, gas engine spreaders will be history.
     
  8. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    What did you use to weld the poly spreaders?
     
  9. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Super Glue......:confused::confused::eek:
     
  10. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    You can buy a plastic welder. I bought mine at harbor freight. Cheap one is about $30 and the good one about $70. You plug it in and hook it to a air compresser. It comes with differant rods to weld all kinds of plastic.

    Dennis
     
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I've seen those in the catalog. Always wondered how well they work.
     
  12. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    I pound on my hoppers with a 20 oz hammer when I clean out the frozen sand
     
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I've pounded on my plenty with pipes, shovels, etc.

    But that's not quite the same as backing into a tree with 5 tons pushing on it.
     
  14. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    Good Point:salute:
    I dont have any trees in my commercial lots though:D
     
  15. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Don't back into trees or anything else for that matter! I've never backed into anything plowing. It's usually (not always) guys who are in a rush, careless and fatigued that hit stuff. If you back into something and hit it that hard my spreader would be the least of my worries. I you hit something that hard a stainless unit is going to get pretty banged up. I've beat the hell out of my Boss poly spreader with a mini sledge when it got jammed up.
     
  16. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Poly is the future, IMHO. If "accident tolerance" is even on your radar, I would hope that "qualified operator" is up there, too.

    :D
     
  17. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 320

    My thoughts exactly
     
  18. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,957

    No harm no foul wasn't using it anyways......:laughing:
     
  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    So that's not normal? I guess I'll have to change my style after reading your comment. What's amazing is that I've made it six years without your advice. WOW!

    Plowing small tree lined driveways can be tricky at times. Throw an ECLB truck with a spreader hanging two feet out the back (behind the crossover toolbox), add running behind, toss in poor visibility; and stuff happens. I actually have a 'bumper' that slides in the Reese to help protect the spinner. But in this spot the trees leaned into the truck and got me.
     
  20. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    I do hate it when that happens. At least it wasn't a parking lot light pole...and at least it didn't fall down.

    *That* is funny to see...

    :laughing: