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The $25 Salt Spreader

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by EcoGreen Serv, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. I get a call last night from the old folks home that their walkways are all icy from packed snow. They have gravel walkways running around the place. This isn't a regular account but they call me from time to time.

    So I grab my AgriFab broadcast spreader only to find the gears are striped , I know, My bad for not checking all my equipment. Well, It's 11pm so there's nowhere to get parts or another spreader. So I come back in the house and tell my bride the problem. In her infinite wisdom she says you've got all those other spreaders, why not use them ? I explain they're for fertilizer and Salt is to big for the hole.

    Then I get the brainstorm :dizzy:

    I had a $25 Scotts Basic spreader in the shop still in the box that I won at a Golf Tournament. Never used it because they are too small for what I do and aren't calibrated the best.

    So I have a good look at it. There's 3 problems.
    - The opening is too small,
    - The plastic wheels would just slide on ice and packed snow.
    - They only have one drive wheel.

    So the first step is to get it to flow Salt

    Out comes the Dremel and open her up. Not pretty but effective.

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    Now to address the traction and single drive wheel issue. I just shot some #8 X 1/2" self tapping screws (just because that's what I had around) into the wheels and the free rotating drive wheel axle to lock it to the shaft.

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    I opened it up a bit too much so the gate doesn't completely close, but not much spills through.

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    I was really surprised how well it worked. holds about 40Lbs of salt and throws a perfect width for walkways.

    I doubt it would be very durable for commercial use, but would make for a cheap spreader for home use.
     
  2. abbe

    abbe Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 719

    studded tires haha good work
     
  3. Here's a pic of how it looks finished

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    And a short video of how it works.

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    Not bad for $25 and less than 1/2 hour to make.
     
  4. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    are you a farmer? that is farmer ingenuity at its best
     
  5. LOL,, Ya, I guess old habits die hard. I grew up on our families Veggie / Hay farm in Northern Ontario and spent summers on my Uncles farm in England. As anyone who's lived on a farm knows, You learn pretty young to adapt, modify and fix just about anything.
     
  6. asps4u

    asps4u Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    Hey, you do what you gotta do! If it works in a pinch, run with it. Sure beats spreading by hand:nod:
     
  7. JR Snow Removal

    JR Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Thats great!
     
  8. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    Thats actually pretty neat.
     
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    I think I'm going to try that tonight with one of mine...wil be perfect for the few walks I have to salt
     
  10. cleansweep007

    cleansweep007 Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Nice looking spreader !
     
  11. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    Yes! That is awsome! I bet you will actually use the hell out of that thing!
     
  12. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    works great, we did the same a few years back to a scotts spreader, opened up the gate so it could flow bagged salt.
     
  13. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    Way to think on the fly. Nice job
     
  14. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Damn, I just got a whole bunch of $300 walk behinds and one of you guys come up with an idea like this for $25! lol
     
  15. It cant replace a proper spreader, While it works good on ice and gravel its pretty useless on dry concrete walks.... I'm still going to pick up a Earthway 2130 but as a backup it's great
     
  16. Used it on about 1000ft of sidewalk today. At walking speed it throws about a 5ft-6ft pattern, pretty much perfect for what I was doing . I originally thought I'd opened it up too much. but I found I got good coverage by not pulling the lever. When it clogged I just gave it a quick pull and it was all good.