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Salt Spreading Rates

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by mackengr, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. mackengr

    mackengr Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I have a Snow Ex Pivot Pro 1075 spreader. The dial in the cab reads up to 99. If I am wanting to spread app. 15lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. what should I set the dial to? The owner's manual doesn't help at all.
     
  2. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    It all depends on the speed you are driving while spreading the salt .
     
  3. fulltiltwill

    fulltiltwill Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    I have my dial at 25 when I salt after scraping and at 30 when I need to burn off an 1" or so. Drive speed is about 5-10 mph
     
  4. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Your best bet is to bite the bullet on a few hundred pounds and try it on dry pavement. I have salted my street on dry sunny days:p just to learning the spread pattern. I would bet you would have it down in a few hundred lbs. Small price to pay to know what you are doing :D
     
  5. mackengr

    mackengr Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Thank you.
     
  6. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    too many variables

    unfortunately there are too many variables to have the same results every time. experience is the only way and a sharp eye and ear to whats going on behind you. The salt sometimes is mostly rock and sometimes is more dusty. What I do is load up my hopper with what I think will be needed for the current forecast, adjust the spread rate for how far I want it to fly: 5', 10', 30', then speed up or slow down for how heavy a coat I want. Typically I will do it like your spreading fert, do a light coating everywhere then coat again paying extra attention to handicap spots, etc. until I run out. This way I know I've at least hit everything, then I hop out and do the sidewalks and if I see something a little weak, I throw a handful at it.

    If you have a V-Box, this is not the way you would do it, but I've found with small to medium sized lots (5-20 bags) with a tailgate spreader, it works well.