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Tailgate or walkbehind?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by ryanlconst, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. ryanlconst

    ryanlconst Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I dont have a spreader yet I was going to just plow this year and if somone requested salt I was going to use a walk behind spreader. so my question is do you generally use ice melt or salt on parking lots or is it to expensive to do it with bags? I dont have a way to load a big spreader with bulk salt/sand. Do most people just bid to do the sidewalks with the salt?
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I bid the lot to both plow as well as salt. Most on here will do the same. Depending on the size of the lot bagged salt, and a walk behind spreader will do just fine. You can do that for a year or two, but as you get older, you will find that pushing a walk spreader pretty much sucks. Then you can look at a nice little hitch mount, or tailgate spreader. Now if your talking big lots, then you want to start out with at least a tailgate spreader that will hold some salt, and possibly even a V box for the back of your truck. In this case bulk salt is the cheapest way to go. With bulk though you will need a place to store it as well. Hope this helps out a little
  3. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i still use walkbehind spreaders as a back up, and the bagged fine grained salt, or tri blend salt is more money , but you would really be surprised how fare it will stretch. I have salted lots that normally i dump 500 lbs, i have done in 150 lbs, and got full coverage, and it all melted with the same results... I almost questioned if it worked better and cheaper to get set up
  4. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    That happened to me this weekend. My tailgate spreader isnt on my truck yet so i used a walk behind spreader. I ended up using half the salt i normally use and i went over it a couple times.