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Spreading on Sidewalks

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by r_d337, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. r_d337

    r_d337 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    We clear a lot of sidewalks with shovels and walk behind machines. In the past we have always salted the icy spots by hand. This year I have far to much sidewalk to even think about doing it that way. I was looking at getting a walk behind salt spreader for sidewalks. I currently have a really good fertilizer spreader with a 75 Ib. capacity, could this work? Also how do you keep the salt from spreading and going all over the street and snow bank? If I used my fert spreader it has a 10 ft spread width, I would have salt everywhere. How is this commonly done?
  2. GreenAcresFert

    GreenAcresFert Senior Member
    Messages: 219

    I've seen guys take that thick rubber like what you would use on the top of your plow and wrap it around where the spinner is....so it will only spread as wide the spreader
  3. anolke

    anolke Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    What about using a drop seader instead of a broadcast seeder
  4. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446


    This works pretty well with calcium from our experience..you go through quite a bit,(MO) never tried with rock salt though. Believe this or not..my guys sometimes like to feed the chickens.
  5. hardscaper

    hardscaper Member
    from usa
    Messages: 44

  6. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    It's easy. Your fertilizer spreader should have a width adjustment. Simply set it accordingly. That works for us.
  7. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,794

    We use the epoke. Works great.
  8. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    You CAN use just about any ol' piece of junk (broadcast) spreader out there and just make a "skirt" to control your spread width.
    I've had good luck w/ a plain ol' Scotts fert. spreader.
    I wouldn't want to screw up my good spreader w/ salt, so I don't waste the money.
  9. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    We also do alot of sidewalks. I've bought spreaders with skirts, but our guys still like using a 5 gallon bucket and thier hands.