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question on buying a sander

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by mansf123, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    Im looking to buy a sander for my f350 pickup. My problem is i want to be able to tow my bobcat around without removing the sander? I have heard some good things about the fisher polycast. is it possible to easily remove the shoot to allow a trailer to be towed? any help would be great.
     
  2. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

    I havent used the newest version but the older version it was very easy to pop the spinner off
     
  3. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,556

    Haven't owned a Fisher, but most truck spreaders allow removing or flipping up the chute to tow something. My airflo has 2 pins that pull out and the chute comes right off, and my smith has a flip up design that can also be removed with 2 bolts.
     
  4. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 320

    I have a Western Tornado which is made by the same company and its very easy to remove for towing.
     
  5. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

  6. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    SnowEx makes several nice units

    Check out SnowEx sanders. They offer several models that allow you easily remove your spinner and pull a trailer. We use several different models and they are an excellent choice. Check them out and see what you think.

    Have a great season.
     
  7. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Go green...go electric!!!
     
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Buyers, Ice-O-way, Snoway, Snowex, DD and many others make a spreader with a removable chute assembly.

    The question is what are you looking for in a spreader,to do Salt, Sand, Cinders, a combination? Do you want gas drive or electric, auger feed or conveyor, mild steel :)nono:) Stainless Steel or Plastic and in what capacity?
     
  9. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    Thanks for all the responses. Mostly i will be spreading straight salt or sand salt mix. I have only used gas sanders before so im not sure how the electric ones work. Do they run off of your trucks charging system? how much more strain does it put on your electrical system. My biggest reason i want to go plastic would be weight. I pull my john deer skidsteer around so i dont want anything to heavy ffor a sander.
    thanks
     
  10. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,556

    Nope, they're solar powered! Thumbs Up


    LOL J/K

    They draw about 60 amps at startup, less once things are moving. The trucks don't seem to even notice, but I would imagine if you had you stereo thumping, blinky lights on, disco ball spinning, heater on high, etc. you could run into issues. ;) Plastic is lighter, but not by a lot. I just can't bring myself to spend that kind of coin on plastic over stainless.
     
  11. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Ditto
    As a precaution I run dual batteries, powermaster alternator and have had not one problem. Although its not necessary I take precautions.
     
  12. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 320

    Actually the electric sanders do draw quite a bit especially on a gasser with a single battery and small alternator. I've never had a problem with my diesals but a buddy of mine with a f350 v10 has to shut his lights and heater off when he wants to use his fisher electric spreader.
     
  13. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    :confused::confused::confused:A SHPE2000 2 yard poly spreader is half the weight and 2/3 the cost of a SS hopper.
     
  14. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,556

    Last time I compared prices between them was last year, and they were pretty damn close. Not sure the weight on that particular unit, but the difference between the ones I was comparing was only a couple hundred pounds.
     
  15. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,556

    He may want to have his alternator and battery checked, as well as the motor on the spreader for amp draw. You should not have to shut your lights and heater off to run an electric spreader, they don't draw that much when working properly.