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Strange VBox/Truck..Educate Me Please

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by thelettuceman, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    I saw an Izusu Tilt Forward Cab with Dual Wheels. A VBox was bolted directly to the frame. No bed in the back. What's up with that?
  2. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    you can buy them as a box truck for pretty cheap. guy may have done that and then took the box off and just made it a dedicated salt truck.
  3. greywynd

    greywynd PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,339

    It also minimizes the truck weight, giving a larger carrying capacity (both actual and for legality reasons.) Quite common to see trucks like that here anywhere from 3/4 tons to tandem trucks.
  4. bob coco

    bob coco Member
    Messages: 70

    They are great trucks but I wouldn't want to run it without a loaded sand box. I have a GMC 4500 (rebadged Isuzu) with a very heavy Utility body full of tools and I can't keep enough weight in it. It's only been driven in snow once. It would probably be better with traction tires on it. Those 19.5's are like marbles on a cement slab. Great fair weather truck.
  5. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    sounds like a lime truck.
  6. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

  7. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    Called a 'frame mounted' salt spreader unit or in other words dedicated salt truck.
  8. bristolturf

    bristolturf Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    yup if he has a bed for it too, he might just swap out the salter and the bed come winter/spring time. Reduces the salt and corossion of the bed making it last a little longer not being exposed to salt all winter long. And as the others said put a bigger salter on, better visability, and more salt capacity.
  9. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Needs to be a little longer, though.

  10. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Eh? ............
  11. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    This truck...


    ...is clearly not long enough.

  12. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    WestHardt. imagine the power unit for a blower you could mount behind the cab on that bad boy...... Would be like one of those MONSTERS the airports use.
  13. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    But to the OPs point, the idea is pretty common. We bought one this year, late 80s chevy(other than 2 internationals our entire fleet besides this beast is Ford, 52 Fords, 2 Inters and a Friggin Chevy........OUCH... Boss saw the truck wasn't a total rat and decided we'd use it, I was against it. but it's been Ok so far. We bought it for the salter, and it was direct mount. We looked over the truck, very clean, swapped in a true dually rear from a one ton chevy box truck and we're good. Handle weight nicely, though it is too heavy for the leagl GVW. We use it as a site vehicle on an 17 acre site so no leagality issues there. I like how there's essentially 0 body roll, center of gravity is much lower than a v box mounted in the back of a dump. This is one of three dedicated salt trucks we own, one is a spare on a 16 ft grain body(back up rarely used), one is this chevy and one is an under tailgate Swenson Electric unit, I like them, especially the under tailgate....HUGE capacity=less trips back to the yard. Our other 5 salters are dual purpose with plows mounted up.I think the whole idea of dedicated salters is pretty good, especially in certain instances like ours for example. But generally I prefer dual purpose trucks, especially on spread out routes, I hate being on a salt run and having to call someone else ot run back to the yard to grab a plow truck in order to do a little scrape here and there or tuck in a corner that got missed.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  14. bristolturf

    bristolturf Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    Our salter trucks plow 1 or 2 lots then its just salting for them the rest of the trucks handle the plowing unless its a big storm. I like the idea of a salt only truck, but I feel every truck that goes out in a storm whether it actually plows or not, should have a snow plow on it. That way you can scrap things up when needed and not have to wait. It doesnt hurt the truck. On the big dumps you dont need a massive plow you can get a western 10' straight blade or something. Just to be able to handle those few times when the plow is needed.
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    What they said....
  16. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Put a Sleeper Behind The Cab....That way you never have to go Home....:drinkup:
  17. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,320

    That would be nice some nites lol
  18. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    Our salt trucks have been frame mount since 2000. Visibiity, weight savings and cost are the reason why we do it. I have pics in my album in my user cp.
  19. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    Matson is used to hearing that. :laughing:
  20. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    :laughing:....Its not the size of the "V" Box......Its how you use it....:salute: