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question about the western tornado

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Bake's boss, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Bake's boss

    Bake's boss Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    im looking at getting a new salter i was thinking about getting the western tornado but i wanted to talk to someone that has one. does that rubber conveyor work as good and a metal one. and the 1/2 horse power electric motor is that strong enough with a load of salt. i would rather get a steel salter but i dont thik i would be able to get it in my truck because i do not have a machine to load it in my truck. does anyone have a solution for me to get a salter in my truck or any information about that western tornado than let me know.
  2. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    not worth its salt

    i new a guy that bought one after buying a salt dog ,and he returned it that night ,he said it was the cheesiest spreader he ever saw the money was right but the quality for the money spent was wrong,

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,424

    I have one. It worked great for me last year. There is a upgrade kit out right now. I have to take mine by the dealer to get it. Ran salt/sand mix thru it. Best part about it I would say is the folding barn doors on the top to keep things dry and protect the truck when loading. Easy to take out and wash the bed out. Last year I spreaded 4 triaxle dump truck loads of salt / sand mix with it. One thing too that I did which was kinda handy is I picked up a load of bulk salt in it, which stayed dry and then took the spinner off and basically unloaded the salt into bins which I used to fill 5 gallon pails for sidewalks.
  4. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Don't was your money. Get a salt dogg.
  5. daplowman

    daplowman Member
    Messages: 65

    What is the upgrade kit,

    Is this the intial recall shear bolt and tensioner or is it more?
  6. MDSP

    MDSP Member
    Messages: 91

    Get a salt dogg.
  7. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    Buy a Salt Dogg.
  8. Bake's boss

    Bake's boss Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    i think im leaning more twards the salt dog but the only problem with a salt dog is how do i get it in and out of my truck
  9. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    un load

    do you have a fork truck there are lifting channels made into the spreader base for lifting
  10. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Two big guys can get it into a truck. First lift up one end and rest it on end of the bed. Then pick up the other end and push it into the bed. Four straps, hang the spinnner, plug in 2 plus. AKA 5 mins of set up time.
  11. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    2 average guys can load, its really not bad.
    If your a one man band, I use my engine hoist as well. Just lift the front up, back under. Move sling to back tie down points and lift her up the rest of the way. Slide it in, Tie her down and hook up the spinner. Its not really that bad.
    Takes 10 minutes by yourself and that is just cause the ram on my hoist takes some time to raise up.
  12. Precision Lawn

    Precision Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 334


    I can load my tornado by myself it is easy