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To install or not to install?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by myo, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. myo

    myo Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    A local sander dealer has the new Airflo Stainless Steel Sanders. I am planning on purchasing one in the next couple weeks.

    My question is should I pay $400 to have them install the sander or save the money and do it myself? I have never installed a sander before so is it something managable or is it worth having them install it?
     
  2. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    Mike is that a Vbox?


    If so, I would have your bed Rhino Lined first ( if you haven't had it done already.

    I would suggest that you have them install it if you have never done one before. the hardest part in my opinion is running the control wires.
     
  3. myo

    myo Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    Yeah its a v box... already have a bedliner. So its not easy then, uh? Thanks
     
  4. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    It could not be that hard .I would want to see the wireing harness to decide but if it's a gas model it will be more like and ignition from the motor and the throttle cable.
     
  5. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    How much do the air flo spreaders go for? There is a dealer near my house that has a whole stack of them they look pretty nice.
     
  6. jbutch83

    jbutch83 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    If you have the plastic bed liner, get rid of it, and get the spray in. Took a friends liner out last year, you would not believe the stuff that was underneath of it. As for the install, when we did mine plow last year, and my friend that helped me had installed plows before, was a nightmare. I will gladly pay for the install from now one, let it be someone else's headache.

    John
     
  7. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Trust me guys, unless you install these type of things all the time or have nothing to do for a weekend let us guys who do it all day long save you a weekend and maybe a headache.
     
  8. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    $400 seems like a lot for something that I can do in less then an hour. I would think $100 at the most for installing a V-box and wiring. Unless something special has to be done.
     
  9. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    The local dealer here gets $200 for the installation. I transferred mine from one truck to the new one in about 2 hours time, there really isn't much to it. If you can do simple wiring, it's a piece of cake!
     
  10. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    Pelican that's what I thought I wired my tailgate unit.Just some advise on where to put the plug have it near the cab of the truck so the salt does not get into the connection.
     
  11. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    If you've got a sliding rear window, I'd make the plug connection inside the cab, salt tears these things up. I was lucky if I got a season from one.
     
  12. myo

    myo Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    The Vbox's go for $2850 which I think is a decent price for a brand new sander not to mention stainless steel. I was going to buy a used one but I figured spend a little more money and get one that is reliable(brand new) and that will last for a long, long time.

    What is wrong with having a plastic bedliner?
     
  13. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    The plastic bedliners tend to rub paint off at one point or another, and no matter how careful you are, either salt or salt brine will work its way underneath the liner. adding these two concerns together yields serious rust damage that you cannot see occurring.
     
  14. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    $2,850 for a stainless steel sander .That seams preaty good I looked at a flink one with the honda engine and they where asking allot more than that before i got my tailgate unit.Pelicans right that is why i did not put a slide in one in my bed I would of had to go get it rino lined.
     
  15. XPECTATIONS

    XPECTATIONS Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 38

    v box price

    Not to change the subject, but I want to here more about the $2800.00 v box.
    who what when were and why don't I have 2

    please email me with details, they are 3500 to $4000.00 in my region."will travel to pick up"
     
  16. WOOFSPLOW

    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

    Maybe he is making his money on the installs?
     
  17. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    Yeah Mike, $2,800 does sound a bit low compared to what I know the pricing around here is. What guage Stainless are they using? and heck for $2,800 I may run up there and buy a couple myself.

    I would get rid of the plastic bedliner, see the nearest Rhino lining dealer and get a price. My guess for a 8' bed ( black ) underrail spray job should be around $600

    I just got a price of $525 for an over the rail on my 6.5 ' bed

    but I am thinking of putting a Powermaster 200 amp alternator in since I'm gonna be installing lights and I don't want that Fisher X blade bogging down and draining the battery.

    As far as the install, they are going to have to set it in your truck bed anyway, then they have to secure it ( I would set it on 2x6 boards to allow drainage under the spreader unit,)

    then as far as the wiring goes (not knowing how capable you are with wiring was the only reason I suggested paying them to do the install and wiring) its up to you. $400 does sound a bit high, but if something goes wrong in the wiring and damages something , they are the ones who did it not you!
     
  18. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    We are awaiting our new Stainless Steel spreader from Tarrant Mfg ( thanks Pelican for the referral ) They wanted an additional $500 to install in on our F-600 flatbed. I checked out the necessary wiring, seems pretty simple. 2 Wiring harnesses with disconnects to the cab. A small control panel, power and ground in the cab. By the way, our unit is 11' long, 6' wide and 4' high. Its powered by an 11 HP Honda engine. Should hold something like 5CY. Thats 15,000 lbs of salt/sand mix. I'll post pictures as soon as we get it.:drinkup:
     
  19. BIGWIV

    BIGWIV Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    CPSS,

    What brand spreader ? is it stainless ? How much money?

    That sounds like the type and size I'm looking for. Thanks!:waving:
     
  20. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Its a TARCO spreader. Custom made right there at the plant in Saratoga Springs, NY. Total price including tax $6027.45