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Tow hitch mount spreaders?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by 1/2tonthatcould, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. 1/2tonthatcould

    1/2tonthatcould Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    Anyone have any thoughts on these? I understand you can really only run rock salt through them. I have heard some people say they work well for small lots and driveways. I am just looking into a hitch mount because my truck has a flat bed deck so It would be difficult to mount a tailgate mount, and I cant afford a normal spreader. Any input would be great.
     
  2. ndnchief

    ndnchief Member
    Messages: 49

    We run one on one of our trucks Holds about 400 pounds..its a snow ex..works fine on smaller lots..Works exactly the same as the 1075, same controller..same wiring...size is the only difference
     
  3. second income

    second income Member
    Messages: 82

    The suv models are useless but they will mount only using your class 3 or larger receiver. The larger (5oo plus capacity) definetly have their place. They should be mounted using some additional bracing to the bed rails or elsewhere. A vibrator is indispensable on all sanders regardless of size or type. They help out a lot on tailgate units if the material gets damp from handling. With that being said, most of the hitch mounts will only work with dry bagged material. They are easy to mount and wire and they do not require a high tech controller since most only throw 20to 30 feet at best. A simple toggle switch works well. Distance can also be controlled by narrowing the spinner flaps. All in all cheap to acquire, cheap to maintain and reliable. Go get a used Buyers or something similiar and you will be happy.
     
  4. thebigB

    thebigB Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I bought a Meyer mini tub lid and mount on craigslist for $25...paid $75 on ebay for a new motor, made the auger and disc and bought a salt dog controller for I believe around $230 brand new. I took the existing mount and added a 2" hitch to it and a brace for around the top that mounts to the bed of my truck, works great for under $350 invested, you could do the same to save some $$$
     
  5. second income

    second income Member
    Messages: 82

    That's what I am talking about cheap and easy to make work
     
  6. thebigB

    thebigB Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I will post a picture tomorrow....
     
  7. thebigB

    thebigB Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Hope these pictures post, not the best pics but you get the idea. ratchet straps were on before I added the top brace and figured it wouldn't hurt anything for them to stay...

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  8. 1/2tonthatcould

    1/2tonthatcould Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    Why do you say the SUV mount is useless, just due to size?
     
  9. second income

    second income Member
    Messages: 82

    Yes they are just too small and not that well made but if that is what you can afford and its readily available then get it
     
  10. magnatrac

    magnatrac PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,055

    If your looking at the buyers suv spreader make sure you get the pro version. It is the same size as the other one but can spread salt just as well as the bigger versions. I have had on on my truck for 7 years. I replaced the motoer once and just had to get a new controller for this season. It spreads just as well as our lage snowex tailgate model you just have to fill it at every stop. We paid just over $500 for it when we got it years ago and I know it has easily made us thousands over the years.

    Good luck ,shaun
     
  11. CCL LLC

    CCL LLC Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Check out the buyers Salt dogg TGS07. I have this unit mounted on one of my trucks and use it for large residential and smaller commercial lots. It works great