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Spreading Salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Brad3403, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 391

    Anyone have any suggestions on what can be done so that I can tell that my spreader is actually spreading while running straight salt thru it. I've got lights on the underside of the deck shining back but with straight salt it is still very hard to tell that it is actually spreading anything. Back-up camera maybe??? Better place to position lights??? My spreader chute sits pretty low to the ground, maybe thats part of the problem.
  2. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    I spent $345 on a color camera, best thing I ever did, I can see very well how its spreading and when it doesnt, I can try to upload a picture
    Absolutely the BEST money spent,IMOpayup
    It actually saves me money
  3. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,129

    Do you have a link to the camera or model number and such?
  4. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Mount your lights so they are facing almost to the right and left of the back of your truck. I build a guard around my spreader and mount that on the bumper, incase I slide backwards into a loading bay. *I also put reverse lights facing straight back on the guard and are activated when truck is shifted into reverse gear. (Sometime I cheat and mix a lil sand in with the salt and it highlights the spread area.
  5. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    heres the cam


  6. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,949

    What brand is that or where did you buy it ? That looks like a nice setup.
  7. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    Cabcam made by a&i products, bought it from the mechanic who DOT'ed my truck, I love it, the first storm after I used it I immediately went and bought one for the other trucks. I have to drop 40 ton tonight, I will see if I can get a picture of the screen as I am spreading
  8. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Huh, interesting camera setup. Personally, I just roll down the window and listen. I know exactly what the spreader sounds like when it's spreading properly, if there is a problem I tell right away.