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Starter Spreader?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by beanz27, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I don't have the money to buy a big spreader, and currently don't even own a spreader. I've been looking around on Craigslist for a spreader. For a "Starter" spreader would something along the lines of this be ok?

    http://http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/grd/3490287652.html

    Eventually I'll buy a bigger spreader and a flatbed truck to put it on, but for the time being, would this work half way decent for a few months? Just residential use.
     
  2. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,438

    The link does not work
     
  3. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

  4. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    i would deffanitly go for it
     
  5. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    Back when I did resi work, I found the best spreader to use for most average driveways (1-3 cars wide x 30-200 ft long) was a good broadcast push spreader. For the larger drives a simple small electric tailgate spreader worked fine as long as I kept the spinner speed down. A "big" spreader is pretty much useless on residential driveways.

    *EDIT* Just saw the new link that works, as long as that is the model with the variable speed control it'll work fine for resi's.
     
  6. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Thanks guys, I think I might get one similar to that link. Eventually if I start doing commercial work, I'll buy a V box for the one F450 we have.
     
  7. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Small SnowEx

    Check out a SnowEx model 575. Very easy to use and can be used both residential or small commercial. All electric and easy. They even offer a smaller unit that requires no wiring and is remote control. Simply plugs into your seven way plug on your truck or SUV.
     
  8. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Wiring doesn't concern me or ease of installation for that matter. I'm a mechanic by trade, and wiring is actually my specialty and I like it for some reason. I almost want one that goes into the receiver hitch and uses the 7 way plug, but at the same time I don't like light duty things like that, and I'd probably cut that plug off and run a quick connect power line on a switch instead, that way I don't have to keep getting out. But realistically I don't need much if I'm doing just residential.
     
  9. wondo

    wondo Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    x2 on the snowex 575. I have a vibrator on mine and run bulk salt no problem. You won't be able to hold as much salt as a V-box but I have a few rubermaid storage bins I have the loader fill when I pick up salt and just shovel it into the spreader or use for sidewalks.