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Spreader on a trailer?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Groove, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Groove

    Groove Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 20

    Just curious why I've never seen a spreader on a trailer. Seems like you could put a large unit on a trailer and tow it around after scraping. Anyone done this?

    I imagine the low height of a trailer could be an issue with most spreaders out there.
     
  2. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    it's been done, you might ask JD Dave i think he has one on a trailer.

    i wouldnt theink the height would bother it because you want the fan pretty close to the ground
     
  3. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Rick,

    Your on top of it again LOL

    I dont know how much I would want to pull a trailer in the snow & Ice. But hey what ever works
     
  4. Liquid

    Liquid Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Ive seen a guy rig up an e-z dumper..... He thought it would be a great idea until he realized how often he actually does back-up!!
     
  5. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    how would you pull it up hills and back it down loading docks(on ice)? i would think it would be a wreck waiting to happen.
     
  6. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,302

    A hospital near here has a V-box mounted on a trailer. Anyone of the 3 plow trucks they have can pull it. It's kind of nice seeing you don't have to plow with all that extra weight. Less wear and tear.
     
  7. Lynden-Jeff

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

    They use a huge one for the malls around here. Pretty good idea if you ask me.
     
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Thanks PJ. We actually only used trailers for a while. One we pulled behind a pickup and another 8 yard london that we pulled behind a tractor for one large site. They work well most times but you have to be on your toes because as the load goes off you have less togue weight. I figure a pickup is twice as productive if you can actually see out the back. We had controllers in 2 trucks and then who ever was done first could start spreading. Our spreader held a good 4 ton but I wouldn't reccomend going that big. There is a guy in my area with a black Dodge that has been pulling a spreader around for over 10 years and he loves it. We liked ours but we only used it for a couple years then it bacame backup and just recently I sold it. The salter on our single axle is the one we towed behind a tractor for 12 years ( I bought it used in 1990 for $500 and it's been used every storm since 1992)

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    Last edited: Dec 30, 2007