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Sand and Salt/Sand Mix in V Box

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Oasis, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Oasis

    Oasis Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Ok now that there is a salt shortage just about everywhere.... I was wondering...
    Around here places are begining to sell salt again but with a salt sand mix. I have a dual electric Air Flow VBox spreader. I was wondering does anyone have any opinons as to whether I might have problems with jamming in the belt or elsewhere in the spreader with a sand mix. Is there any other precautions that I should take while using this mix. I powerwash the spreader after every application anyways but just want to know if i should expect other problems
     
  2. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    I have no experience with the air flows however around here alot of guys run 2 vibrators when running sand, I guess it just helps things flow a little better, especially when really wet.

    Cheers
     
  3. Oasis

    Oasis Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    ya ive heard that but vibrators in an 8 foot box spreader?
     
  4. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Your spreader will be fine, bring a broom handle or a hockey stick because it might bridge abit. Even on our big spreader the sand bridges, you just have to get up every once in a while and knock it down. It's not worth getting a vibrator for the amount you want to use. JMO
     
  6. Oasis

    Oasis Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Thanks Dave,

    Do you ever find that you get sand stuck under the belt though????? Thats what i was most concerned about.

    I would imagine that washing it out remains the same as far as procedure wise.
     
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    First off I think you have a bed chain, not a belt. The bed chain is better IMO. Sand will not be any harder on your spreader then salt.
     
  8. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I used a sand/salt mix for years with a Vbox. The sand won't cause any specific problems with the chain.
     
  9. Oasis

    Oasis Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    thanks guys,,,, ill tell my distributor that the sand salt mix is fine then. I was running out of things to put down for ice control......