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Salt/Sander question...

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mister_snowplow, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I'm just starting up this year. As of right now I'm primarily plowing residential driveways. I don't have the overhead to buy a tailgate spreader yet. For now, do you think I could buy a good lawn fertilizer spreader fill it with either salt or sand and make a couple quick passes up and down the driveway. Would this work till I can afford to buy a tailgate spreader?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. grotecguy

    grotecguy Senior Member
    Messages: 148


    Good luck,
    Mark K
  3. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Yes it will work,last year I bought a Earthway walk behind spreader,for my first salting job. I only did that about a week or two. I then went and bought a tailgate spreader. It sure is cold walking behind a spreader in a parking lot. But ues it will do the job.

    Regards Mike
  4. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,192

    We use a spreader to do our sidewalks. I don't think it will spread sand unless it is really dry. It would take no time to salt a driveway. Probably take you longer to get out of the truck and grab the spreader. GOOD LUCK!
  5. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    Yeah, now that I think of it, it would probably be difficult to spread sand...but salt should work. Of course this is just till I have enough money to get a tailgate spreader.
  6. DJL

    DJL Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    It'll work. Just make sure you up and spend the money for a quality one. Some spreader manufacturers even sell deflector shields for the broadcast spreaders which should make sidewalks even easier. One thing I can't stress enough is to clean out the spreader after each storm. I like to give it a good rinse then hit all the moving parts with good ol WD40.
  7. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    Thanks for the tips DJL!