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Under Tailgate Spreaders

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by kevin-k, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. kevin-k

    kevin-k Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Hello. I'm new to the site and fairly new to the industry. I do a few small commercial lots, around 20 sites, and use about 3 tons of salt per application. I'm thinking about getting an Under Tailgate Spreader for my F450 dually (12' dump). Any suggestions, advice and comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    http://www.meyerproducts.com/spreaders/dumptrucktailgate.aspx
     
  2. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    Kevin-k, Last year we got a new chev 1 ton dump, we went with a SnowEx model SP-2400. you remove your tailgate and replace it with the builtin spreader tailgate, it is electric operated and is awsome. it works great in sub zero temps, and it works like a regular tailgate, when your are done salting you just dump the remander of the salt back on the pile so it doesnt harden up, before we got it, we talked to a few guys that had them 2 years ago and they had nothing but good things to say about it, it even comes with a vibrator that comes on when you turn on the spreader, don't have to keep breaking up the salt clumps either, and it comes with a 2 season warranity, but i would put tiberons on the rear axle of the truck, so you can carry the extra weight of bulk salt.
     
  3. kevin-k

    kevin-k Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Thank you for the information Jim. The F450 that I have can take a 8,500 lbs payload (high capacity payload & trailer tow pkg), so I should be alright in terms of the weight. Do I need to cover the salt in the truck so it doesn't get wet and clump? I realize that it breaks up the salt clumps but just in case? Thank you.
     
  4. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    Kevin, yes you defently need to cover it, aside from the snow falling and getting in it, the spray from the tires when the streets get wet will clump it up solid, we have a 8' dump body on the truck, we put 2 2x6's on each side to build up the sides, then my guys buildt a plywood cover to keep it water tight, works well, he put quick connect hinges on the cover and it is in 4 pieces, easy to remove to fill the box, and don't have to always empty the box after every storm as you have to do with tailgate salters, if there is a long time frame between storms we still empty the box though, just dump like a reg dump, release the handle and up with the box, if you get one, i know youll love it, besides with the vibrater on the box, every time the driver has the salter on he has a smile on his face.
     
  5. kevin-k

    kevin-k Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks Jim, greatly appreciated!!
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
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  7. kevin-k

    kevin-k Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I checked it out. The Saltdogg site says "Spreads from 4' to 25' of rock salt, free-flowing granular materials or chemicals", so I'm not sure if it will handle a salt/sand mix. I'm going to call a few suppliers and find out for sure. Also the ability to reverse the auger would be a great plus in case there is a jam. Thanks for the tip.
     
  8. wildwilly

    wildwilly Member
    Messages: 85

    salter in U.S.

    hello kevin-k...i aam in the process of getting a tailgate salter...there is a retailer on this forum..."equipment specialists"...you might want to call and get a price and have it shipped to south buffalo...
    I am looking at the 1875 bulk pro and even with the shipping and tax it is Still 1500$ CHEAPER!!!!! just have to make an excuse to go and get wings in Buffalo!!
    good luck

    p.s. in all the forums and info the snowex line looks extremely solid

    bill
     
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    OPM Smoorman if you have questions he's the Saltdogg expert.
     
  10. kevin-k

    kevin-k Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks Bill and Basher, I will definitely check it out tomorrow. Ran in to a bit of a dilemma; actually a good dilemma to run in to. We do snow plowing for a small condo unit (parking lot) and the management just offered us their larger property which has about 80 small driveways. The F450 will not even fit in and it will be a PITA with my GMC long box crew cab. One of the crew suggested 2 or 3 ATVs with 60" plows. Since I have to get back to the condo management by Tuesday I'm reading up on ATV snow plowing capabilities as much as I can, especially on plowsite. This site is awesome!!
     
  11. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    Another happy educated plow jockey! Read up...and what you don't find, use search...it's probably already been talked about...in detail! Good luck!
     
  12. kevin-k

    kevin-k Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I'm on page 58 of the commercial plowing forum, this thing is addictive!!
     
  13. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    My wife just about knocked my block off during the first 2 weeks after I was on this site for the first time last year. Now she just shakes her head and says "I hope you learn something.!" I just smile!