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Think this will work?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Hammer24, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Hammer24

    Hammer24 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    I only have 2 accounts as of right now and other then those I plow my driveway and my parents. I told the 2 accounts that I don't sand/salt, I plow only, one customer is persistent that I salt/sand their driveway, they know it will cost more and they have no problem paying payup. I don't have a problem with doing so, however I don't have a spreader. We had an ice storm a week or so ago and I did the driveway shoveling off sand/salt mix off the back of my truck...what the hell was i thinking! :dizzy: Anyways, I don't care to spend 600+ for a new one, besides i have a 1/2 ton. I found this one and it has an optional receiver hitch mount...What do you think, will this work?


    Optional Receiver Mount:
  2. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    It won't work w/ sand unless you have a vibrator on it. How big are these drives?
  3. Hammer24

    Hammer24 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Thats what I figured...the driveway that wants me to sand/salt is roughly 125-150 feet long.
  4. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    That's not really all that long. You could just take a 5 Gallon bucket of mixed salt/sand & a cup & go to town. It shouldn't take more than a few minutes. I've done that on more than a couple sidewalks when the spreaders have broken down.
  5. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    I dont have a nice truck mounted spreader, so I just use my push fertilizer spreader. It gets er done and you can adjust the amount like the big spreader. You can probably buy a cheap broadcast spreader and have it work fine. I picked mine up on the side of the freeway:D
  6. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    I use the same thing thermos dose. A broadcast spreader works great for small areas.

    FIREMAN Q Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    when i first started out i would go to the hardware store ( best prices for sand and salt packaged ) i would mix the sand and salt together in a tupperware tote. I believe about a 50 gallon or so. I would then keep that in the back of the truck as ballast and use it as i needed. I went with seperate sand and salt because i had no way to keep pre mix together. I would toss a few extra bags in the back in case i needed more. If you have long drives to do then a walk behind spreader would be good. If your drives are fairly short then just use a scoop or one of those plastic maxwell coffee cans...

    good luck to ya.
  8. THREE W

    THREE W Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    I have one just like that, Have used it for 3 years without a problem. It will not do sand or any material like that at all.. It works if you use only very dry material like bagged salt or deicer (magic,etc).

    If your not using a lot if they don't want sand go down to home depot/lowes etc and buy some bagged deicer and use it. The unit it self has never let me down and I use it a lot, I know have another larger tailgate unit but still use this for a second truck/backup
  9. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I think he was wanting to stick w/ the salt & sand mix. Otherwise the spreader he had found on ebay would work perfect.
  10. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Get a GOOD push spreader like the new Meyers and it should be all you neeed...
  11. Hammer24

    Hammer24 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Thanks everyone for your advice, I'll have to see if they will go for all salt, if so looks like what I looked at will work...if not, I'll get myself a heavy duty walk behind...either one beats the hell out of how i was doing it :nod: ... driving 5 feet spread with a shovel, drive 5 more feet spread some more...you get the picture...It SUCKED! :rolleyes:
  12. Hammer24

    Hammer24 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

  13. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    we use earthway spreaders they work fine just take out the cotter pin... also if you are lookin to save $ just use the bucket and can works great and its cheep.. good luck:waving:
  14. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I just bought the step down from that one for $60.... works great....but only holds 65lbs....