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Salt spreader question :

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by PAGE2004, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. PAGE2004

    PAGE2004 Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    Ive never had a small tailgate type salt spreader and was wondering if sand / salt mix can be used in them .... Im assuming brick sand or screened sand would be ok as long as there arent any rocks ... whatya think ..

    Also - what do you guys think of these spreaders ? They seem pricey and almost as much as a decent used 1-2 yd sander.
  2. ljbev

    ljbev Senior Member
    Messages: 190

    do search discussed many times I believe the western pro3 is the only one that can handle a mix
  3. ljbev

    ljbev Senior Member
    Messages: 190

    pro2 tht is prices are wga they are the bigger sanders are heavier and require more maint and eqip to lift them depens on your needs
  4. ksland

    ksland Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 420

    No, you need a 2 stage spreader to handle sand. You could possibly get away with bagged DRY sand but would not be cost effective. It will just keep clogging.

    For tailgate spreaders a western or fisher 2 stage (Pro-Flo or Speedcaster 2) are the best for full function sand/salt or just sand. Same as Vbox but you must load it more often. But they are pretty close to the price of a V.
  5. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,192

    What ever you do don't use brick sand. We made that mistake a few years ago. Brick sand is very fine and packs together very easy. We order sharp sand to mix with our salt. You want a very corse sand.
  6. snowtime

    snowtime Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 25

    Get a single stage and a put a vibrator kit on it. A heck of a lot cheaper...
  7. Andy N.

    Andy N. Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    I was looking around and those tailgate salters are WAY overpriced. You may as well get a VBox if you have the means to load it. As far as I'm concerned, tailgate salters are antiques and cutting bags is for the birds. You are wasting time filling that thing up 50# at a time, not to mention breaking your back.
  8. Olderthandirt

    Olderthandirt Member
    Messages: 74

    Nothing wrong with a tail gate spreader as long as you size your equipment to the job. The bigger the job/jobs the bigger the spreader, but if your doing only a few saltings a tail gate spreader is the way to go.